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If ACE Units Are So Great, Why Aren't They Everywhere?

Cheryl Clark

Hospital units that focus on acute care of the elderly have been improving outcomes and lowering costs most everywhere they've been tried over the last 20 years. They 'pencil out,' especially in a setting of healthcare reform, but aren't widespread. What gives? >>>


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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. >>>

Consumer Reports Expands Hospital Ratings List

Almost two-thirds of the nation's 258 teaching hospitals that report enough data to calculate a safety score ranked below average, the director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center says. >>>

Critical Access Hospitals Strive to Improve Outcomes in MT

Critical access hospitals, by their mission and geography, aren't always able to tap into the advantages of bigger systems. But in Montana, rural providers are involved in a pilot project to start closing the gaps. >>>

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 Compare Adds Interactive Data

The latest upgrades to the federally operated Hospital Compare website include embedded spreadsheets containing data on a variety of new measures such as readmissions and value-based purchasing scores for nearly 3,000 hospitals. >>>

Patient Outcomes is Focus of Professional Development Program

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. >>>

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News Headlines

Health provider strives to keep hospital beds empty

The New York Times, April 25, 2013

Patient engagement remains elusive

InformationWeek, April 25, 2013

Patient grievances falling as Parkland works through problems

Dallas Business Journal, April 25, 2013

Cancer centers racing to map patients' genes

The New York Times, April 23, 2013

Questions arise about robotic surgery's cost, effectiveness

Kaiser Health News, April 23, 2013

Should Medicare pay hospitals for leaving patients satisfied?

The Washington Post, April 23, 2013

FL compounding pharmacy recalls sterile drugs / Associated Press, April 23, 2013

Inside India's 'no-frills' hospitals, where heart surgery costs just $800

Business Insider / Agence France Presse, April 22, 2013

Charlotte doctor settles Medicare fraud case

Charlotte Observer, April 19, 2013

Patient satisfaction may not be a good indicator of surgical quality

Kaiser Health News, April 19, 2013

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