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CMS Quietly Makes Some ED Wait Times Public

Cheryl Clark

A federal effort to bring attention to emergency department overcrowding and boarding is so raw and flawed that even a financial incentive isn't enough to convince many hospitals to report their metrics. >>>


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CMS Posts ED Wait Times, Rankling Some Hospitals

Some hospitals are shown on Hospital Compare to have average patient wait times that hospital leaders say are incorrect—in excess of 24 hours in some instances. >>>

87% of Physicians Say Quantity of EHR Alerts 'Excessive'

Doctors are missing three in 10 patient test results generated by electronic health record systems, research shows. The problem is a matter not only of volume, but of how alerts are communicated. >>>

30-Day Readmission Rates Fell in 2012

The 30-day all-cause readmission rate dropped to 17.8% in the final quarter of 2012, an early sign that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in the form of payment and delivery reforms, is having an impact, says a CMS official. >>>

Blood's Shelf Life May Be as Short as 3 Weeks

Red blood cells stored longer than 21 days are less functional than fresher ones, a small study shows. That's making blood banking organizations such as the Red Cross "really nervous," says the study's author. >>>

How Tablets are Influencing Healthcare

Tablet computers and other mobile technologies are overturning concepts of how clinicians use technology, raising work-life balance issues and having a beneficial impact on hospital IT budgets. >>>

CMS Extends Scrutiny Over Parkland Hospital

Nearing the end of a two-year corrective action plan, Dallas's troubled safety net hospital says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will conduct its Medicare certification survey later than planned. >>>


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News Headlines

Unreported side effects of drugs found using Internet data

The New York Times, March 7, 2013

Behind a cancer-treatment firm's rosy survival claims

Reuters, March 7, 2013

CDC warns hospitals about drug-resistant 'superbug'

The Miami Herald / McClatchy Newspapers, March 6, 2013

Lax policing of doc, pharmacy conflicts found in Medicare coverage decisions

The New York Times, March 6, 2013

C-section rates vary tenfold at hospitals

Star Tribune, March 6, 2013

MI nurses want minimum staffing levels

Michigan Public Radio / NPR, March 6, 2013

EHRs underused for hospital infection reporting

InformationWeek, March 4, 2013

Investigation raises debate about doctors, pain pill deaths

The Salt Lake Tribune, March 4, 2013

Painkiller-abuse proposal divides healthcare community

Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 4, 2013


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Tablets and the Influence of Connective Technology

Demand for devices such as the iPad and smartphone comes from clinicians and is having a powerful impact on healthcare delivery as the next wave of technology surges, but don't shut down your PCs just yet. >>>


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