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Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public

Cheryl Clark

By year's end, CMS intends to post quality measures for 11 major cancer centers that until now have been exempt from public reporting. But a coalition of those centers worries that the agency is focusing on the wrong measures. >>>


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. >>>

CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol

The democratization of medicine is as close as the phone in your pocket, says Eric Topol, MD. Healthcare leaders had better be ready for empowered consumers, cost-cutting mobile apps, and genetic sequencing, which promises to be a differentiator. >>>

6 in 10 Seniors Malnourished or at Risk, Survey Finds

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. >>>

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. >>>

How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital

The chief marketing officer of this pediatric powerhouse says that social media and mobile access are essential to its strategy and "innovation promises to be an ever-important part of our brand." >>>

CHS Hacked, 4.5M Patient Records Compromised

The data affected was non-medical patient identification data related to Community Health Systems' physician practice operations and does not include patient credit card, medical, or clinical information, CHS says. >>>

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." >>>

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience Transformation—Engaged Patients, Measurable Standards

Patient experience is evolving into a discipline focused on understanding and delivering value from the patient’s perspective. Today's healthcare leaders are as devoted to improving satisfaction as they are to clinical quality and safety, with the expectation that doing so will improve outcomes. Download Today >>>

News Headlines

US hospitals have had 68 Ebola scares, CDC says

ABC News, August 21, 2014

Inside view of medical imaging: A $3B vision for WA

Puget Sound Business Journal, August 21, 2014

90% of hospitals and clinics lose their patients' data

CNN Money, August 21, 2014

Preventable hospital deaths after urological surgery rising: study

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, August 20, 2014

Simple measures made hospital patients 70% more likely to quit smoking

The Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2014

HHS pressed on insurance discrimination claims

The Hill, August 19, 2014

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

The Dallas Morning News, August 19, 2014

Too many cancer screenings wasted on those facing death

Bloomberg, August 19, 2014

In study, questions about who should perform in-office surgeries

Kaiser Health News, August 19, 2014

Rethinking hospital restraints

The Atlantic, August 19, 2014

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