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Q&A: Readmissions Prevention Expert Warns of Penalties

Cheryl Clark

While many hospitals have launched readmission reduction efforts, national readmissions expert, Amy Boutwell, MD, is calling out the industry's inattention. Too many executives don't understand how much money they could lose, she says. >>>


Editor's Picks

Healthgrades Revs its Hospital Scoring System

With a revamped quality ranking system, Healthgrades takes its place among other groups scoring hospital safety and quality of care: Leapfrog Group, Consumer Reports, U.S. News & World Report, Truven, and Hospital Compare. >>>

Preventable Error Reporting Hindered by Fear of Reprisal

"As attention to creating a culture of safety in healthcare organizations has increased, so have concomitant reports of retaliation and intimidation targeting staff who voice concern about... deficiencies," says a federal report >>>

Healthcare Collaboration Strategies Gaining Ground

In "collaboratories" designed to improve care for all patients, regardless of which health system renders care, providers learn what saves lives and lowers costs by being transparent about procedural sequences as well as results. >>>

Exeter Hospital on 'Termination Track'

New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital faces new challenges with the release of a third investigative report, this one threatening its ability to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. >>>

CEO At Center of Meningitis Outbreak Speaks

Dawn Rudolph, president and CEO of the Nashville hospital at the epicenter of a meningitis outbreak explains how she is managing through one of the biggest prescription drug debacles in recent memory. >>>

Soap, Swabs Slash Infection Rates by 44%

Bloodstream infections, including MRSA, dropped by nearly half in ICU patients who were subjected to daily "universal decolonization" using antimicrobial soap and nasal swabs in a study. >>>

Reducing Alarm Fatigue: A Modest Plan

A nurse leader in the battle to curb audible alarms on medical devices offers five tips for reducing noise and suggests that solutions are easier to achieve in community hospitals than in large academic facilities. >>>

Intelligence Report

Cost Containment—Targeting Cuts, Enhancing Efficiency and Using IT

89% of healthcare executives lack the integrated clinical and financial data they need to target cost savings. Healthcare leaders who have cut millions in costs reveal how to improve efficiency through process improvements and targeted cuts based on hard data. This original research and analysis, offers key insight from leading organizations, including new case studies from Beaumont Health System, Pocono Health System, and Southwest General Health Center.

News Headlines

CBO director: Health law will hurt innovation, ration care

The Hill, October 25, 2012

Feds take critical look at meaningful use payments

InformationWeek, October 25, 2012

Audit alleges hospital worker stole $272,000

Des Moines Register, October 25, 2012

MA moves to revoke license of pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak

WBUR, October 24, 2012

PA hospital system signs deal with Cleveland Clinic

Trib Total Media, October 24, 2012

Opinion: A watershed moment for LSU

Tri-Parish Times, October 24, 2012

A trail of complaints at pharmacy linked to meningitis deaths

WBUR, October 23, 2012

Settlement eases rules for some Medicare patients

The New York Times, October 23, 2012

Compounding pharmacists defend their trade after meningitis outbreak

ABC News, October 23, 2012

Sharing data a complicated step for healthcare

SouthCoast Business Bulletin, October 22, 2012

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