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Nurse Staffing Mandates Are Not a Silver Bullet

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Nurses in Washington, DC, are demanding staffing mandates, but the effectiveness of such laws is inconclusive despite plenty of research. >>>


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Dartmouth Readmissions Report Shows Scant Progress

Slow progress in reducing rates of 30-day hospital readmissions is partly explained "by the way healthcare systems have invested and the way they've built themselves over the years," says one of the study's principal investigators. >>>

AMA Issues 5 Patient Safety Guidelines

The American Medical Association's five guidelines outline physician responsibilities during care transitions for patients recently discharged from the hospital. >>>

Some Flu Patients May Pose Greater Risk to Healthcare Providers

One in five flu patients exhales so much more of the airborne virus than others, that researchers are asking whether these "super emitters" pose a higher likelihood of transmitting the virus. >>>

Antimicrobial Trumps Soap and Water in the ICU

It costs more, but a regimen of cleaning ICU patients with a chlorhexidine solution has been shown to fight multiple drug-resistant organisms such as MRSA more effectively than soap and water. >>>

Readmission Prevention Effort Focuses on Colon Surgery Patients

Characterizing current discharge instructions as lacking "a systematic implementation methodology," researchers have created guidelines suggesting which post-surgical events should prompt patients to either call their doctors, or 911. >>>

Cancer Misdiagnoses Surprisingly Common

Asked to estimate how often a misdiagnosis or incomplete characterization occurs in oncology, physicians vastly underestimate the actual numbers. "There's no feedback loop around this issue," says one observer familiar with the data. >>>

Anatomy of an Employee Bonus

A carefully considered 'Valentine's Day bonus' will cost Baptist Health South Florida more than $13 million, but the strategic effort at employee appreciation could have a long-term payoff for the nonprofit organization. >>>

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News Headlines

Observation units may ease burdens of ER care, but at a price

The Washington Post, February 12, 2013

Facing doc shortage, CA lawmakers want to redefine healthcare roles

Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2013

Online consults increasing, despite physicians' concerns

InformationWeek, February 12, 2013

No one fix to slow hospital readmission epidemic

Bloomberg Businessweek / Associated Press, February 11, 2013

Feds' 'e-health' initiative reaches out to patients

Politico, February 11, 2013

Solving Maryland's health disparities

The Baltimore Sun, February 11, 2013

How much off-the-clock behavior can the state regulate?

American-Statesman, February 11, 2013

Safety problems at pharmacies a recurring issue

The Washington Post, February 8, 2013

Bellevue Hospital fully returns 99 days after evacuation

The New York Times, February 8, 2013

Hospital's cameras let parents see babies from home

Connecticut Post / Associated Press, February 7, 2013

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HealthLeaders Media Live from Parkview Health: The New Readmissons Plan

Date: April 18, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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