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Nurses Voted 'Most Trusted' Profession, Again

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

A winning combination of eagle-eyed medical expertise and compassionate bedside manner puts nurses in the top slot among professions rated on honesty and ethical standards. >>>


Editor's Picks

Q&A: Don Berwick Reflects on Healthcare Reform, Part II

A year after leaving his position as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, talks with HealthLeaders about death panels, the challenges of implementing healthcare reform, and Medicare and Medicaid fraud. >>>

Clinical Technology Under C-Suite Scrutiny

How do healthcare leaders effectively make decisions regarding the right mix of clinical technology and services to offer? >>>

Payer Rankings Don't Tell Providers' Stories

A close look at satisfaction scores healthcare providers assign to payers reveals that medical practice professionals aren't as happy with insurers as the list indicates at first glance. >>>

HHS Details Limits to Medicaid Expansion

In a sweeping memorandum from its Secretary, the Department of Health and Human Services is providing details to states on Medicaid expansion, saying "the law does not provide for a phased-in or partial expansion."  The memo also addresses market reforms, healthcare exchanges, and payments to safety net hospitals. >>>

ED Waits Linked to Higher Costs, LOS

High emergency department crowding was associated with 300 excess inpatient deaths, 6,200 hospital days, and $17 million in costs, a study of nearly one million ED visits finds. >>>

Malpractice Claims Drop 39% Under Perinatal Safety Initiative

Neonatal and maternal harm and its costs can be reduced when hospitals use three sets of process bundles, an effort by the healthcare alliance Premier has found. >>>

Telemedicine Program Signals Bold Leadership on a Small Scale

One hospital's offering of 24/7 physician consultations by phone or video shows innovation and an embrace of the future of medicine, albeit as a low-risk proposition. >>>

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News Headlines

NH hospital hepatitis problems, fixes detailed

Boston Globe / Associated Press, December 11, 2012

Times investigation: Dying for relief

Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2012

As docs grow older, hospitals begin requiring proof they're still fit

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, December 11, 2012

Cedars-Sinai says heart surgeon infected patients

Silicon Valley Mercury News / Associated Press, December 10, 2012

Feds blast UC Davis Medical Center over experimental surgeries

Sacramento Bee, December 10, 2012

Nursing student suspended over medical scrubs

Concord Monitor, December 10, 2012

RI union sues to stop flu-shot mandate

Boston Globe / Associated Press, December 7, 2012

Cleveland Clinic CEO shares his vision for the future of healthcare

Business Insider, December 6, 2012

Hospital bed alarms don't deliver results

USA Today, December 6, 2012

Hospital blames Obamacare over layoffs, December 6, 2012

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Volume, Value, and Compensation Metrics

Although executive compensation is largely linked to financial metrics, there is a shift in healthcare as leaders are increasingly being measured on factors of quality outcomes and patient satisfaction. >>>


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