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Patient Safety Starts with Nurse Managers

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Nurses are more likely to report patient care errors when they feel safe admitting mistakes to their supervisors. That, in turn, leads to a lower overall error rate, research shows. >>>


Editor's Picks

Antibiotic Use, Costs Show Wide Regional Variations

A report finds large differences in antibiotic prescribing practices in outpatient settings by state and by region, with the highest rates found in the South. The variation may be explained, in part, by the efforts of health plans to reduce the use of antibiotics without indication. >>>

Your Secret Weapon in War on HAIs

As the difficulties and costs of fighting hospital-acquired infections are better understood, health system leaders are beginning to realize the value of an underappreciated resource. >>>

Sharing Analytics Improves Outcomes, Revenue

The secret to successfully using business intelligence in a healthcare enterprise is to not only distribute the data to top leadership, but to all those in the organization with a need to know. >>>

Take 'Healthcare 101' and See the Doctor

Here's a modest proposal: Make health consumers take a healthcare class to receive care. The accredited patient would understand the healthcare business and his or her critical role in ensuring good, appropriate treatment. >>>

Health Insurers Betting on Urgent Care Centers

As insurers seek ways to control the price point at the entry level of the healthcare system, health plans such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh are turning to developing urgent care center networks. >>>

1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

Federal pay-for-reporting rules will require hospitals to submit influenza vaccination rates next year. The goal is to immunize 90% healthcare workers, but many hospitals and health systems are in danger of falling short. >>>

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Date: October 25, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET


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News Headlines

Patients like reading their doctors' notes

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, October 2, 2012

Rochester hospitals embrace quiet initiatives

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, October 2, 2012

Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients

Herald-Tribune / Associated Press, October 1, 2012

A looming US doctor shortage

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, October 1, 2012

IA hospitals set limits on dispensing painkillers

Des Moines Register, October 1, 2012

Hospitals probed on use of drug discounts

The Charlotte Observer, October 1, 2012

Hospital observation units could save billions

U.S.News & World Report, September 28, 2012

HCA plans could create 2,000 jobs

Louisville Business Journal, September 28, 2012

Patient-generated mobile data improves clinical care

InformationWeek, September 27, 2012

6 in 10 Physicians Would Quit Today

HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2012

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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for Total Health

Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (ET)

Kaiser Permanente leaders explore how they successfully leverage information technology, social media, and community-based health programs to empower people to improve their own health. Get real-world solutions, including how to use web tools and social media to create effective linkages between physicians and members.

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