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Marathon Bombings Bend, But Don't Break Nurses

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

In honor of National Nurses Week, and in honor of heroic nurses everywhere, read these accounts of nurses who set their own fears aside and did their best to save lives and limbs after the Boston Marathon bombings. >>>


Editor's Picks

Deadly CRE Infection Spreading Fast in Hospitals

Arjun Srinivasan, MD, associate director for healthcare-associated infection prevention programs for the CDC, discusses what is known and not known about the "alarming increase" in frequency of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae in healthcare settings. >>>

AMA Raises Reimbursement Concerns Over EHR Workarounds

Arguing that documenting a full clinical encounter in an electronic health record "can be pure torment," an American Medical Association official describes three time-saving methods physicians have turned to, each of which has the potential for abuse leading to the denial of CMS payments, he says. >>>

Providers Grade Health Plans. Guess Who Still Stinks.

An annual survey of hospital leaders' opinions of large health plans shows WellPoint and UnitedHealthcare fighting for last place among their peers—Cigna, Aetna, Coventry, Humana, and the independent Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. >>>

Doctor Files Malpractice Suit Against Attorneys

In an unusual case, a New York anesthesiologist is suing his attorneys over a malpractice case that he says cost him $1 million in insurance coverage and derailed his career. >>>

The False Claims Act is Not a Compliance Tool

What a diagnostic imaging company did may not be OK, but it wasn't fraud, a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Court has ruled. The decision may be precedent-setting and significant to healthcare providers involved in Medicare contracting. >>>

ED Cost of Care Greatly Underreported, Researcher Says

A Brown University researcher says the true cost of emergency department care may account for 10% of total healthcare spending, not 2% as a widely accepted federal report claims. >>>

St. Joseph Medical Center Settles Stent Cases

Nearly 250 patients, alleging they underwent unnecessary stent procedures at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, MD, have agreed to an undisclosed medical malpractice settlement with the medical center and its former owner, Catholic Health Initiatives. >>>

Healthcare Job Creation, Confidence Diminish

Healthcare job growth, long a bright spot, tapered off in April. And workers surveyed report a grimmer outlook. But coming health law mandates are expected to increase demand for jobs, especially in healthcare information technology. >>>

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Webcast: Patient-Centered Care Transitions for Better Quality, Costs, and Readmissions

Date: May 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join quality and care experts from Griffin Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System as they examine the increased focus on care transitions as healthcare organizations prepare for value-based care. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

Advanced nurses lower costs, improve care

Politico, May 7, 2013

Redesigning ER flow with lessons from The Gap

The Denver Post, May 7, 2013

MN liability insurer helps high-risk doctors stay in business

Star Tribune, May 7, 2013

'Care guides' show another face of health reform

Star Tribune, May 7, 2013

Opinion: Nurses have big role in healthcare reform

The Tenneseean, May 6, 2013

Hepatitis B no barrier to healthcare work, federal officials declare / Associated Press, May 6, 2013

MT hospital says woman posed as nurse

ABC News / Associated Press, May 2, 2013

Stephen Colbert takes on IA hospital

The Des Moines Register, May 2, 2013

Baptist Hospital Miami launches $90M expansion

The Miami Herald, May 1, 2013

MetroHealth to stop hiring smokers

Columbus Business First, May 1, 2013

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