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Patient Outcomes is Focus of Professional Development Program

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

Baylor Health Care System's ASPIRE program is a voluntary professional-development program that awards cash bonuses to bedside nurses who positively influence patient outcomes. >>>


Editor's Picks

Hospitals Crack Down on ED Repeat Users

With renewed urgency, hospitals, healthcare leaders, and insurers are initiating strategies to curtail what is a growing problem: the use of emergency department services by patients who return time and again. >>>

Diagnostic Errors Common, Costly, and Harmful

Wrong site surgeries and medication mishaps get more attention, but diagnostic errors are a larger, deadlier, and costlier problem, for patients and healthcare providers, Johns Hopkins researchers say. >>>

Gawande: Hospitals Profit When Surgeries Go Wrong

Medical complications in surgical patients generate profits for hospitals, a study led by Atul Gawande, MD, shows. But the American Hospital Association disputes the report's implications that hospitals aren't incentivized to avoid complications. >>>

HR Roundup: Sequestration Leads to Layoffs

The effects of sequestration are becoming apparent with at least one health system announcing job cuts and reductions to executive salaries. Elsewhere, the legislative fight for nurse-to-patient staffing ratios is gathering steam. >>>

Outpatient Growth Must Keep Pace with Population

Two out of three health system leaders say their top strategy for fueling financial growth is expansion of outpatient services. The trick is "to grow at the same market share with the [population] growth," says one senior executive. Market share increase is likely to be incremental—but even a small increase means a large raw number. >>>

How Dean Clinic Redesigned Primary Care

Madison, WI-based Dean Clinic flipped its primary model from sick care to wellness and prevention. The first step was to concentrate on six primary care pilot sites in a patient-centered medical home pilot project. The next was to implement a new physician compensation formula with goals based on value-based care, not volume. >>>

Hospital 'ACE' Teams Curb Adverse Events, LOS, Costs

Acute Care of the Elderly teams that target the complex needs of frail, elderly patients can result in fewer adverse events and shorter lengths of stay, researchers find. >>>


Webcast: Develop an Innovative and Integrated Palliative Care Program

Date:  April 23, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join experts from Sutter Health and Saint Agnes Medical Center and learn new tools and strategies for developing a multidisciplinary palliative care program. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

The lies we tell in the exam room

The New York Times, April 23, 2013

Boston Medical Center hoping for 'mass exodus' as amputees continue recovery at rehab hospitals

The Boston Globe, April 23, 2013

Nurses union tries to build momentum on hiring mandate bill

Washington Business Journal, April 19, 2013

The impossible workload for doctors in training

The New York Times, April 19, 2013

Patient satisfaction may not be a good indicator of surgical quality

Kaiser Health News, April 19, 2013

Why Boston's hospitals were ready

The New Yorker, April 18, 2013

Doctors flee Puerto Rico for US mainland

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, April 18, 2013

Hospital program improves antibiotic prescribing

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, April 18, 2013

MN hospital says it mishandled stillborn's body

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, April 18, 2013

Allegations of unnecessary procedures at Chicago hospital

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Associated Press, April 17, 2013

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Grounding the Frequent Fliers

Strategies to curtail the unnecessary use of the emergency department involve efforts that rely on data, care management, and patient involvement. >>>


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