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Best Quality Columns of 2012 from A to Z

Cheryl Clark

Let's revisit some of the most-read columns in this space over the last year, including the results of a natural disaster on a New York hospital and the long, sad trail of man-made destruction left by a serial infector. >>>


Editor's Picks

Fiscal Cliff Stopgap Delays 'Doc Fix,' but Hits Hospitals

Hospitals are the big losers in the taxpayer relief legislation passed by Congress while physicians dodged a cut to the sustainable growth rate formula for another year. >>>

13 Top Healthcare Buzzwords for 2013

It's that time of year, again, when any self-respecting healthcare provider looks to bone up on the latest terms in the lexicon. >>>

3 Groups Payers Will Watch Closely in 2013

As the new year unfolds, several details of healthcare reform remain either unclear or unresolved. The actions of three groups in particular will have a significant impact on payers' decisions in the next 12 months. >>>

No Increase in LOS After Ambulance Diversion Ban

Fears that a Massachusetts ban on ambulance diversion would lead to longer emergency department wait times and delayed ambulance turnarounds have not materialized, a study finds. >>>

Transfer Centers Spell Relief for Rural Docs

Physicians in rural areas are using transfer facilities to channel patients from primary care offices, clinics, and community hospital emergency departments to acute-care settings better equipped to meet their needs. >>>

HL20: Aaron Shirley, MD—Driving Force Behind Health Houses

In our annual HealthLeaders 20 feature, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. This is the story of Aaron Shirley, MD, a retired pediatrician who believes that a primary healthcare model developed in Iran can be used to improve the health of the residents of Mississippi's poverty-stricken Delta Region. >>>


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News Headlines

Fiscal cliff cuts $1.9B from Obamacare: here's how

The Washington Post, January 3, 2013

Link between healthcare spending, quality unclear

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, January 3, 2013

Exeter Hospital hires lawyer to find out who 'dropped ball', January 3, 2013

US drug shortage linked to patient relapses

The Newman Times-Herald, January 3, 2013

Surgical errors climb, bed sores decline in CT hospitals

Connecticut Health I-Team, January 2, 2013

Reckless docs go unchecked in CA

Los Angeles Times, January 2, 2013

MI hospital blazes trail in fight against fungal meningitis

Reuters, January 2, 2013

Tumor boards linked to little association with effects on cancer care

Science Daily, January 2, 2013

Hospital bids bye-bye to Big Macs

NPR, December 28, 2012

NYU, other med schools offer shorter training, for less tuition

The New York Times, December 27, 2012

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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>


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