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6 in 10 Seniors Malnourished or at Risk, Survey Finds

John Commins

A small survey of seniors at a NC emergency department finds that 16% were malnourished and 60% were either malnourished or at risk. Before sounding the alarm bells, however, it's important to put this limited study into perspective. >>>


Editor's Picks

Antibiotic Overuse a 'Huge Threat' to Patient Safety, Says CDC

With one CDC official saying "we have truly entered a post-antibiotic era," the agency is urging hospitals to develop effective antibiotic stewardship programs to save lives and money. >>>

Age: Sometimes a Good Reason to Discriminate

As evidence grows that the risks of harm outweigh the chance of benefit for some procedures on older patients, thoughtful providers are putting the brakes on overly aggressive care for their senior patients. >>>

Carondelet to Pay $35M to Settle Fraud Allegations

The agreement reached between the Department of Justice and not-for-profit Carondelet Health Network to resolve whistleblower allegations is Arizona's largest False Claims Act recovery, says the US Attorney handling the case. >>>

PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity

Rising numbers of women in higher education and a growing desire among healthcare workers for work/life balance are fueling physician assistant job growth. But the head of a PA industry group says the lack of diversity among PAs is "disturbing." >>>

3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal

Personality testing is a common tool used to predict a job candidate's potential within a given role—but there are some traits no test can adequately uncover. >>>

CNO on Hospital Redesign: 'You Can't Over-Communicate'

The chief nursing officer at a new Texas hospital made sure that the concerns of nurses and nurse managers were carefully considered in the new plans. >>>

Business Roundup: M&A Activity Down Slightly in First Half of 2014

Healthcare organizations "are coming to the realization as they transform from the fee-for-service to fee-for-value environment that they don't have the skills and capabilities and resources and experiences necessary to successfully do that transition," says an industry analyst. >>>

Slideshow: Patient Experience Transformation—Engaged Patients, Measurable Standards

This HealthLeaders Media intelligence report identifies the top areas where healthcare leaders are investing their patient experience dollars and offers examples of changes instituted by Mountain States Health Alliance and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. >>>

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Date: August 25, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join leaders from CAC-Florida Medical Center and Humana to learn key strategies for managing diabetes to improve quality and value in the delivery of healthcare services. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

Patients gain, and maybe lose, as doctors consolidate / The Record, August 20, 2014

State board took action against Virginia hospital official

The Virginian-Pilot, August 20, 2014

Preventable hospital deaths after urological surgery rising: study

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, August 20, 2014

Medicare Advantage is more expensive, but it may be worth it

The New York Times, August 19, 2014

Parkland hospital in trouble again for patient safety problems that could jeopardize its funding

The Dallas Morning News, August 19, 2014

Hospitals reconsider charity for patients who decline health coverage

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, August 19, 2014

Rethinking hospital restraints

The Atlantic, August 19, 2014

Medicare ruling could mean $12 million hit to VT hospitals

Valley News, August 18, 2014

Medicare to start paying doctors who coordinate needs of chronically ill patients

The New York Times, August 18, 2014

Hospitals seek to help consumers with Obamacare premiums

Kaiser Health News / CNN Money, August 15, 2014

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