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What's Wrong With Healthcare Quality Measures? Part II

Cheryl Clark

We know that measuring healthcare quality helps healthcare systems improve. But we could and should be doing it a lot better. >>>


Editor's Picks

Pressure is On to Reduce Pressure Ulcers

No longer accepted as "normal complications," pressure ulcers are the target of healthcare leaders who are investing in prevention strategies and seeing results. >>>

Why e-Scheduling May be Healthcare's Most Valuable App

Cheap, ubiquitous teleconferencing technology can turn any visit to a primary care provider into a patient-centered care team huddle, cutting weeks off the referral run-around and reining in costs. But it only works if the right team of providers, specialists, and the patient are available at an agreed-upon time. >>>

Spending on Vascular Care Has Little Effect on Amputations

Researchers find large regional variations in spending, but little evidence to suggest that aggressive, high-cost treatments for leg revascularization translate into lower rates of amputation. >>>

Higher Intensivist Staffing Levels Linked to Fewer ICU Deaths

A meta-analysis into guidelines that call for "high-intensity staffing" models employing intensivists in the ICU reveals better patient outcomes, but not at night. >>>

How Population Health Analytics Opens Opportunities for Better Care

Innovators are blending technology with new care models while targeting high-risk patients in a patient-centered strategy. >>>

Senior ED Program is a Winner By Almost Every Measure

To patients, the benefits of implementing a senior emergency department program like the one at Summa Health System are unquestionable. To CEOs whose hospitals or health systems are struggling for revenue, there may be hesitation. >>>

A Better Way to Cut Workplace Stress

Workplace stress causes absenteeism, productivity losses, and increases in healthcare costs. Employers that help workers manage stress factors see significant financial benefits. But wellness programs alone don't get the job done. >>>

Letter to Sebelius: Take Control of the Message

Amidst the debacle, let's not lose sight of what is really important—access to affordable health insurance. Please start doing a better job of controlling your agency's message about the public's access to health insurance. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Population Health Management—Steps to Risk Sharing and Data Analytics

This report explores how better collaboration and mastery of data analytics can help you build a successful integrated and collaborative network for population health management. Includes actionable recommendations, key takeaways, and case studies from Geisinger Health System, Lancaster General Health, and the Jefferson School of Population Health. Purchase Today >>>

News Headlines

Limited patient choice next health overhaul issue

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, November 21, 2013

Staff, visitors sue Las Vegas hospital in TB case

Las Vegas Sun / Associated Press, November 21, 2013

UC hospital workers begin one-day strike

Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2013

Former NJ doctor sentenced for $19M billing fraud

ABC News / Associated Press, November 21, 2013

Johnson & Johnson to offer $2.5 billion hip device settlement

The New York Times, November 20, 2013

Baptist Health System settles $3.5 million federal false claims lawsuit

Texas Public Radio, November 20, 2013

Senate passes bill to step up oversight of compounding pharmacies

The Dallas Morning News, November 20, 2013

Risk calculator for cholesterol appears flawed

The New York Times, November 19, 2013

Physician payment reform matters to cancer patients

The Hill, November 19, 2013

Efficiency push comes at a price for IN hospitals

The Miami Herald / The Daily Journal, November 18, 2013

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