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'Readmissions Week' Recap

Cheryl Clark

The countdown toward higher federal penalties for hospitals with high readmission rates is on. That explains a heightened push by providers to impress upon patients their responsibilities to take care of themselves after being discharged. >>>


Editor's Picks

Weak Link Found Between Readmissions, Mortality

Researchers find that 30-day readmission rates are "not associated" with mortality rates for patients admitted for heart attack or pneumonia, and "only weakly associated within a certain range" for patients admitted for heart failure. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

IBM's Watson Heads for Clinics, Spurring Debate

Reports of Watson's projected diagnostic prowess have fed fevered speculation that artificial intelligence is at long last about to make doctors obsolete. But IBM insists that's not Watson's role. >>>

Community Paramedics Aim to Lower Health Costs via Home Care

Minnesota has become a national leader in a movement to train and use certified "community paramedics" to monitor and provide non-emergent care for patients in their homes—and to keep them out of the hospital. >>>

DOJ, HHS Announce $4.2B in Medicare Fraud Recoveries

Enhanced enrollment requirements, expanded recovery efforts for overpayments, increased data sharing among government agencies, and greater oversight of private insurance abuses are credited for the improved rates of recovery. >>>

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News Headlines

Report: Fake drugs pose threat to US

The Hill, February 14, 2013

MA finalizes rules allowing hospitals to share meds to ease shortages

The Boston Globe, February 14, 2013

Does health IT safety need new regulatory body?

InformationWeek, February 14, 2013

Dispute develops over discount drug program

The New York Times, February 13, 2013

Hospitals in US cut infection rates in 2011, CDC says

Bloomberg, February 13, 2013

TX shuts down hospital following investigation

WFAA, February 13, 2013

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

The Washington Post, February 12, 2013

Price for a new hip? Many hospitals are stumped

The New York Times, February 12, 2013

Online consults increasing, despite physicians' concerns

InformationWeek, February 12, 2013

Split ruling goes against Duke in tainted instruments case

The Herald Sun, February 12, 2013

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