HealthLeaders 2011

HealthLeaders Media Stories – 2011

updated Sunday Jan. 1, 2012
~ indicates a regular weekly column on healthcare quality

 

~ Dec. 29 • How Hospitals Can Save Millions Helping Homeless
http://bit.ly/u14Nw4

Dec. 29 • HHS to Pay $296M in Bonuses to States Meeting CHIP Targets
http://bit.ly/sEFzI5

Dec. 27 • Top 12 Healthcare Buzzwords for 2012
http://bit.ly/suZ6Q8

Dec. 19 • 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2011
http://bit.ly/vZxvoj

Dec. 16 • 1 in 3 Dialysis Centers Subject to Medicare Penalties
http://bit.ly/vq8R1C

Dec. 15 • CMS Rule Would Make Drug, Device Makers’ Payments to Docs Transparent
http://bit.ly/tuVERI

~  Dec. 15 • IHI: Getting Surgeons to Embrace Safety
http://bit.ly/tQhJi8

Dec. 14 • 9 Ways to Prevent Fatigue-Related Errors in Healthcare
http://bit.ly/u8RCpo

Dec. 12 • Immediate Jeopardy: 14 CA Hospitals Fined $850,000
http://bit.ly/uHpJYM

~  Dec. 8 • IHI: Hospitals, Patients Rethink Care; Berwick Blasts Rhetoric
http://bit.ly/w5e3dD

Dec. 7 • IHI: Berwick on ACOs, Congress, Fraud
http://bit.ly/uD6DEN

~ Dec. 1 • 10 Ways ICD-10 Will Improve Quality of Care
http://bit.ly/u9TZBO

Nov. 23 • Healthcare Leaders React to Super Committee’s Failure
http://bit.ly/s75DsQ

Nov. 21 • Top 12 Uncertainties Hovering Over Healthcare
http://bit.ly/szTjcR

Nov. 17 • Lifting A Regulatory Burden Could Create Dangerous Consequences
http://bit.ly/ulWDzn

Nov. 17 • ICD-10 Cost, Timing Concerns Explain AMA Vote
http://bit.ly/scWjtn

Nov. 16 • Call Yourself An ACO? Prove It
http://bit.ly/slenLD

Nov. 10 • IOM Issues 10 HIT Recommendations for Patient Safety
http://bit.ly/uarl5b

Nov. 10 • Rise in MRI Calamities Highlighted at FDA Safety Session
http://bit.ly/tJrwOT

No. 9 • Hospital ‘Observation’ Status Prompts Federal Class Action Suit
http://bit.ly/uXwQmv

Nov. 7 • Doctors Await Decision on SGR, Pay Cuts
http://bit.ly/so1oW7

Nov. 3 • What Would Super Committee Say About $430M Proton Beam Center War?
http://bit.ly/se2DXc

Nov. 2 • When Medical Errors Happen, Executives Shouldn’t Hide
http://bit.ly/sPDzOB

Nov. 2• CMS Pushed to Improve Reporting on Adverse Events
http://bit.ly/sMl2Kw

Oct. 28 • HHS: Medicare Part B Costs to Drop in 2012
http://bit.ly/sUo6bp

Oct. 27 • Infection Clusters in Chemo Clinics ‘Tip of the Iceberg,’ Says CDC
http://bit.ly/uvhDLz

Oct. 27 • CA Details Bariatric Surgery Trends by Hospital
http://bit.ly/sU3MeM

Oct. 25 • ACO Final Rule: 10 Healthcare Leaders Sound Off
http://bit.ly/saSGlN

~ Oct. 20 – Medicare Rule May Discourage Brain CTs in ED
http://bit.ly/nnLqf8

Oct. 20 • ACO Final Rules Ease Requirements, Reduce Risk
http://bit.ly/nxDihg

Oct. 20 • MRSA Down, C. Difficile Up Slightly, Says CDC
http://bit.ly/psK7Qd

Oct. 19 • HHS Floats $5B Package to Cut ‘Burdensome’ Hospital Regs
http://bit.ly/nxlmN9

Oct. 17 • ACEP Fights State Medicaid Cuts in WA
http://bit.ly/pYlmZA

Oct. 17 • ACEP Chief: ER Docs Must Look Beyond Acute Care
http://bit.ly/oGljhS

Oct. 13 – $500M in Readmission Prevention Funds to Bypass Hospitals
http://bit.ly/qmU1LK

Oct. 13 • Medicare Advantage Sales Scams on the Rise in CA
http://bit.ly/oHwNhC

Oct. 11 – AMA Asks Medicare to Start Paying Doctors for Care Coordination
http://bit.ly/p41Ek4

Oct. 10 • CMS, FDA to Launch Parallel Review of New Medical Devices
http://bit.ly/pOMWrL

Oct. 7 • Lowest Quality Care Goes to Poor, Minority Patients
http://bit.ly/p2gN5z

Oct. 6 • 8 Reasons Why Hospitals Should Reduce Bed Volume
http://bit.ly/nljbq5

Oct. 6 • Advance Directives Curb Hospital Costs In High-Spending Regions
http://bit.ly/pm5Vsn

Oct. 5 • Same-Day Discharge for Elective PCI Patients Cuts Hospital Costs
http://bit.ly/p4YutV

Oct. 4 • Home Laundry No Match for Pathogen-Infected Scrubs
http://bit.ly/qqx6nI

Oct. 3 • NCQA Pushes for Clarity in HIX Proposed Rules
http://bit.ly/qXuXnc

Sept. 30 • Stenting’s Steep Learning Curve Linked to High Mortality Rates
http://bit.ly/p7KE3c

Sept. 29 • Fisher: Readmission Problem Needs a Teaching Hospital Solution
http://bit.ly/piulnM

Sept. 28 • Dartmouth Atlas: Readmission Rates Show ‘Not Much Progress’
http://bit.ly/piulnM

Sept. 26 • MA Hospitals Cry Foul Over State Readmission Fines
http://bit.ly/r8VbAU

Sept. 26 • Patient Dies During Lockout in CA Nurses’ Strike
http://bit.ly/oLHdWU

Sept. 22 • Joint Commission ‘Best’ List Draws Skepticism from C-Suite
http://bit.ly/qNIS5P

Sept. 22 • CDC Issues Draft Guidelines for Testing Donor Transplant Organs
http://bit.ly/mT8RTK

Sept. 21 • Groups Call for Transparency in Hospital Accreditation Survey Findings
http://bit.ly/mT8RTK

Sept. 21 • Data Predicts Erectile Function After Cancer Treatment
http://bit.ly/nhWkyM

Sept. 20 • MedPAC Releases SGR Repeal Proposal
http://bit.ly/qoWBq9

Sept. 16 • CFO Exchange: Weighing Expenses Against Quality Mandates
http://bit.ly/nztCKt

~ Sept. 15 • Best and Worst Hospitals for 30-Day Mortality
http://bit.ly/mYwg9d

Sept. 15 • Joint Commission Top Hospitals List Shuns Academic Medical Centers
http://bit.ly/oqlmnR

Sept. 14 • HHS Launches Heart Disease Prevention Campaign
http://bit.ly/op2ES6

Sept. 13 • Improving the Patient Experience
http://bit.ly/oxIKaQ

Sept. 12 • Overhaul of Physician Education System Recommended
http://bit.ly/qlYtx0

~ Sept. 8 • Immediate Jeopardy at Parkland Puts VBP Incentive Pay in Peril
http://bit.ly/rmxUlz

Sept. 8 • 12 CA Hospitals Fined for Immediate Jeopardy Violations
http://bit.ly/pIh8m1

Sept. 8 • Heart Transplant Scores Predict One-Year Survival Rates
http://bit.ly/narNdb

Sept. 7 • Half of Internal Medicine Residents Report Burnout
http://bit.ly/r38Wjg

Sept. 6 • Brain Attack Coalition Strengthens PSC Guidelines
http://bit.ly/qZgooU

Sept. 1 • Readmission Rates Revealed for 292 Worst Hospitals
http://bit.ly/oRs80p

Sept. 1 • Clinicians’ Clothing Found to Carry Pathogens
http://bit.ly/njlpvo

Aug. 31 • AHA Letter Details VBP Program ‘Failures’
http://bit.ly/n3rQUc

Aug. 30 • Revise Generic Drug Labeling, Petition Urges
http://bit.ly/railu1

Aug. 29 • Mammography Screening Debate Reignites
http://bit.ly/qgorXO

Aug. 26 • MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism, Says IOM
http://bit.ly/q1pqrW

Aug. 25 • TJC Calls for Restraint in Diagnostic Radiation
http://bit.ly/re9GZG

~ Aug. 25 • Solution to ‘Devastating’ Surgical Awareness Remains Elusive
http://bit.ly/qd2wxl

Aug. 25 • Medication Lapses Put Discharged Patients at Risk
http://bit.ly/n3GEyd

Aug. 24 • CMS Trials Bundled Payments for Episodes of Care
http://bit.ly/nOy0yE

Aug. 22 • NQF Endorses 41 Standards of Pediatric Care
http://bit.ly/nrzwCH

Aug. 19 • Healthcare Workers Still Skeptical About Flu Vaccinations
http://bit.ly/o3qRk4

Aug. 18 • Inside Cardiology’s PCI Problem
http://bit.ly/r6lgE0

Aug. 18 Use of RAI for Thyroid Cancer Comes Under Scrutiny
http://bit.ly/oC8h9w

Aug. 17 • Price Gouging Spikes Drug Costs Up to 4500%, Purchasing Group Says
http://bit.ly/osfoXY

Aug. 16 • Medicare Proposes Alcohol, Depression Screening Rules
http://bit.ly/oR4Qlr

Aug. 15 • HHS Unveils Proposed HIX Rules
http://bit.ly/pqQ9OZ

Aug. 15 • Top 10 Reasons For Pediatric Hospitalizations
http://bit.ly/pZ5Hub

Aug. 15 • Nurse Education Key to Scope-of-Care Debate
http://bit.ly/r79SAA

Aug. 15 • Selecting a Strategy to Stop HAI
http://bit.ly/n6tmBY

Aug. 15 • Studies Differ on Universal Testing
http://bit.ly/raemCF

Aug. 12 • Individual Mandate Unconstitutional, 11th Circuit Appeals Court Rules
http://bit.ly/nfBFVz

Aug. 11 • How Debt Ceiling Shenanigans Could Damage Healthcare
http://bit.ly/nqAc3D

Aug. 11 • Skin Infections Linked to Tattoo Ink
http://bit.ly/o3qRk4

Aug. 11 • Rise in CT Use in ED Curbs Admissions, Transfers
http://bit.ly/qkf5Mt

Aug. 10 • APRNs Provide Care Equal to Doctors, Review Concludes
http://bit.ly/qBk7pi

Aug. 9 • CMS Expands HospitalCompare Data
http://bit.ly/nll1NM

Aug. 8  • 5 Ways to Prevent Radiation Therapy Errors
http://bit.ly/qdnKYI

Aug. 4 • States Strengthen Insurance Hike Oversight
http://bit.ly/pmXAvV

Aug. 4 • Pharma Data Mining Restriction Options Available
http://bit.ly/n84dP9

~ Aug. 4 • How Healthcare Might Be Like Garlic
http://bit.ly/q4NAC1

July 29 • MGMA: Proposed HIPAA Disclosures Rule ‘Unworkable’
http://bit.ly/pbsBST

~ July 28 • Speed of ED Care Goes Under Quality Microscope
http://bit.ly/nJrBZh

July 28 • States to Get Drug Rebates Even Under Managed Care
http://bit.ly/o0GbtK

July 27 • Scripps Receives Record $45 Million For Heart Center
http://bit.ly/pFPC9Y

July 27 • CHF Readmission Prevention Efforts Costly for Hospital
http://bit.ly/pFPC9Y

July 25 • AAFP Calls For Revisions to RVU Formula
http://bit.ly/perQn3

July 25 • Low Health Literacy Links to Healthcare Spending Confirmed
http://bit.ly/pePDY4

July 21 • 7 Lessons from AHA’s Leadership Summit
http://bit.ly/nHVJRz

July 21 • While VA Wrong Surgery Rates Drop, Close Calls Rise
http://bit.ly/rrqQJp

July 19 • AHA Takes On Racial Disparities in Care, Leadership
http://bit.ly/p3kjLH

July 18 • 20% of Homeless Hospitalized 3 Times in Last Year
http://bit.ly/olzMKi

July 18 • Hospital System, Citing Costs, Hones In On Employees’ Health
http://bit.ly/owsJNy

July 14 • Senators Batter CMS Over Anti-Fraud Efforts
http://bit.ly/nhuk82

July 14 • CDC Seeks to Improve Ambulatory Care Safety
http://bit.ly/r97v4Q

July 14 • Could Video Cameras in the OR Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery?
http://bit.ly/pVoCr5

July 13 • Revascularization of AMI Patients Persists Despite No Demonstrated Benefit
http://bit.ly/pBLUQA

July 13 • Exploring Process-Outcome Correlation
http://bit.ly/ovHxoz

July 11 • 15 HCAHPS Buzzwords Every Provider Should Know
http://bit.ly/oQJj0W

July 11 • 3 HHS Programs Aim to Reduce States’ Dual Eligible Costs
http://bit.ly/pzI5p2

July 11 • GAO Finds Gaps in Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance by CDC
http://bit.ly/qjcFJx

July 8 • OIG Slams Medicare for Wheelchair Reimbursements, Again
http://bit.ly/raBCZR

July 5 • Joint Commission Unveils Wrong Site Surgery Prevention Tool
http://bit.ly/kPcDKc

July 1 • HHS Issues Final Interim ‘Red Tape’ Rule
http://bit.ly/mGLROk

June 30 • Videos Go ‘Viral’ in Fight Against HAIs
http://bit.ly/lbwdV4

June 30 • Breast Surgery Complications Multiply When Patients Are Obese
http://bit.ly/jaU1Dt

June 29 • RWJ Launches Healthcare Quality Data Website
http://bit.ly/ksC1sX

June 27 • Top 10 Infection Control Challenges
http://bit.ly/iLNjtw

June 27 • For Infection Prevention, Try Duct Tape
http://bit.ly/jBeGsH

June 27 • CDPH Data Breach Affects 9,000 State Workers
http://bit.ly/iGHIfS

June 24 • Dartmouth Revises Medicare Spending Variation Report
http://bit.ly/k7DnZP

June 24 • Supreme Court Rejects VT Law on Prescription Data
http://bit.ly/l1ubqj

~ June 23 • Risk of Surgical Infection Rises with OR Noise Levels
http://bit.ly/lLNYz8

June 22 • Mortality Risk in STEMI Patients Linked to Slow Transfers
http://bit.ly/iNU8Yc

June 22 • Tech Advances for Tonsillectomy Not Necessarily Better
http://bit.ly/k0IR7n

June 21 • AMA Affirms Support for Individual Mandate
http://bit.ly/m3zJzo

~ June 16 •ACEP Chief Rails Against ED Diversions, Scheduling
http://bit.ly/iRiAIc

June 15 • Pronovost: Surveillance Bias Threatens Quality Payment Fairness
http://bit.ly/mJ1DMp

June 14 • ED Diversion Raises Heart Attack Mortality
http://bit.ly/mTDT7w

June 14 • CABG, PCI Rates Decline in CA
http://bit.ly/leKn9c

June 13 • Scripps Announces ACO-like Integrated Delivery Network
http://bit.ly/kA0Eec

June 13 • Sponge Solution Remains Elusive
http://bit.ly/kV5BaS

~ June 9 • CMS’ Final HAC Rule Baffles Hospitals
http://bit.ly/lzql8Y

June 9 • Proposed ACO Rules Attract Public Gripes
http://bit.ly/ieyMld

June 8 • APIC, SHEA Seek to Block Infection Disclosure Rules in CA
http://bit.ly/kTFQU6

June 7 • VA Cancer Care Rivals Private Sector Quality
http://bit.ly/jBsWqV

June 6 • 12 Hospitals Fined For Patient Harm, Deaths in CA
http://bit.ly/l27OcD

June 3 • IOM Calls for Medicare Reimbursement Formula Overhaul
http://bit.ly/maMlw0

June 2 • Mobile Phones in Hospitals Pose Pathogen Threat, Researchers Say
http://bit.ly/jwbOjj

June 2 • MGH Customizes CT Radiation Doses via ‘Virtual Autopsy’
http://bit.ly/kyQTFl

May 27 • Dartmouth Links Primary Care Quality to Actions, Not Numbers of Doctors
http://bit.ly/m2VeOH

May 27 • CMS Paid Medicare Drug Costs for Deceased Patients, Audit Reveals
http://bit.ly/jy3lQ1

May 26 • Add ‘Healthcare Innovation Center’ to Buzzwords List
http://bit.ly/jJ22Q5

May 25 • NY Mulls Physician ‘Dress Code Council’ Bill
http://bit.ly/kxX3h9

May 24 • Lower Risk of Death Linked to Optimism in Heart Patients
http://bit.ly/kPL3rA

May 25 • Senators Urge White House to Withdraw ACO Proposal
http://bit.ly/iKfwtV

May 24 • Quest Settles $241M Whistleblower Case
http://bit.ly/jue19B

May 20 • 5% of Hospital Costs Attributed to Maternal Care
http://bit.ly/izE4Ou

May 19 • Surgical Survival Predictors May Be The Next Big Quality Metric
http://bit.ly/kEpwxv

May 19 • Up to 1 in 4 Patients Skip Oral Cancer Drugs on Costs
http://bit.ly/kxiauy

May 18 • ACO Concerns Elicit Enticements from CMS’ Berwick
http://bit.ly/izBObB

May 12 • Rare Malnutrition, Sepsis Cases Dog Hospital Group
http://bit.ly/lkiO5F

May 13 • The New ED: Keep Patients Out (but Happy) (cover)
http://bit.ly/jtZo5a

May 13 • On Board with Quality
http://bit.ly/jnA2rF

May 6 • Headaches Drive 3 Million ED Visits Annually
http://bit.ly/igU4Bn

~ May 5 • NQF Founder: Quality Measure Science Still ‘Immature’
http://bit.ly/mlnmDy

May 5 • Bedside Devices a ‘Death Trap,’ Says Advocacy Group
http://bit.ly/iKAjKo

May 4 • $76B in Pediatric Healthcare Costs Linked to Environmental Factors
http://bit.ly/jNosmS

May 4 • CABG Procedures Down 30%, Stenting Flat
http://bit.ly/khpOvz

May 2 • 3 Myths About Safe Injection Practices
http://bit.ly/j3frrV

April 28 • Special Report
Leaders Respond to CMS’ Proposed ACO Regulations
http://bit.ly/kpLtKx

April 29 • ED Physicians Sound Alarm on Overcrowding
http://bit.ly/j2P1Pd

April 29 • Berwick Announces CMS Final Value-Based Purchasing Rules
http://bit.ly/kxfV9y

April 29 • Could ACOs Reinforce Disparities Among Patient Populations?
http://bit.ly/ihZgUu

~ April 28 • Healthcare Lingo Hobbled by Political Correctness
http://bit.ly/in7zvz

April 28 • Low Health Literacy Linked to Mortality in CHF Patients
http://bit.ly/ilPge7

April 27 • IOM Calls for National Quality Measures for Pediatric Healthcare
http://bit.ly/dJO4SX

April 27 • FDA Urged to Ban Medical Use of Latex Gloves
http://bit.ly/kwqa97

April 26 • The Coming Age of the Patient Navigator
http://bit.ly/fUTB0a

April 25 • ACP Calls for National Strategy on Healthcare for Immigrants
http://bit.ly/f0WoVg

April 22 • ED Management Strategies Linked to Revenue Recovery
http://bit.ly/holpwc

April 21 • How Will Partership for Patients Reduce Medical Harm?
http://bit.ly/g6ECRl

April 21 • Drug Store Sanitizers Don’t Kill MRSA
http://bit.ly/eSmDAh

April 20 • Value-Based Payment Rules May Be Bound for ASCs
http://bit.ly/g7ru8U

~ April 14 • Who’s Being Transparent With HAC Data?
http://bit.ly/gjG2JR

~ April 7 • 1 in 3 Hospitalized Patients Suffers an Adverse Event
http://bit.ly/fvT9zH

April 7 • Adverse Events in Hospitals Largely Undetected
Adverse Events in Hospitals Largely Undetected

April 6 • 13 Hot ACO Buzzwords All Providers Should Know
http://bit.ly/eFnBrM

April 1 • AHRQ Reports Declines in Diabetes Care
http://bit.ly/hCNixA

~ March 31 • Elected Boards No Way to Run a Hospital
http://bit.ly/iizPEn

March 31 • Map Ranks States’ Health County-by-County
http://bit.ly/hJF3Fl

March 30 • Hospital Drug Shortages Reach 10-Year High, Cost Hospitals $200M Annually
http://bit.ly/fxZK8a

March 30  • AMA Launches Mobile App and Challenge
http://bit.ly/fnaekR

~ March 24 • Hospital Chiefs Still Grappling With Reform
http://bit.ly/hCNixA

March 18 • CEO Turnover Highest at Nevada Hospitals
http://bit.ly/hnSsFe

~ March 17 • CMS Needs to Come Clean on Immediate Jeopardy
http://bit.ly/e2bmk3

March 17 • 55 Percent of Censured Docs Face No Licensing Action by State Medical Boards
http://bit.ly/fDUr9e

March 17 • Inpatient Mortality Linked to Nurse Understaffing
http://bit.ly/eCxZvQ

March 16 • MedPAC Calls for Pay Raise for Doctors, Hospitals
http://bit.ly/iceTde

March 16 • Checking Credentials
http://bit.ly/f0E6RK

March 15 • CA Investigating Latest Health Net Data Breach
http://bit.ly/gaosoi

March 15 • OIG Cries Foul on CMS Sexual Dysfunction Drug Reimbursements
http://bit.ly/hfg6ac

March 11 • Cancer Survivor Ranks Expanding
http://bit.ly/fRhhBs

March 11 • Dramatic Increase Seen in Patients Leaving The Hospital AMA
http://bit.ly/ftV7gY

March 10 • AHA: Hospital Pricing Variations Unrelated to M&A Activity
http://bit.ly/dLID8R

~ March 10 • 10 Ways CMS’s Value-Based Purchasing Proposal is Flawed
http://bit.ly/grz8a9

March 9 • 1 in 3 Trauma Patients Discharged to Nursing Homes Die Within Three Years
http://bit.ly/gCjUGu

March 3 • Feds: 92% of Nursing Homes Staffed By Criminals
http://bit.ly/dFqSeJ

March 3 • Sepsis Survival Rates, Costs Vary Greatly by Hospital
http://bit.ly/fZCcZU

~ March 3 • Dartmouth Atlas Challenges Ethics of ‘Doctor-Centric’ Care
http://bit.ly/hsREAI

March 2 • Prescription Instructions Confuse Even Educated Patients
http://bit.ly/ijpihR

March 1 • CLABSI Reductions Saved $1.8B in Healthcare Costs, Says CDC
http://bit.ly/gktRdc

Feb. 24 • MGH to Pay $1M to Settle ‘Potential’ HIPAA Violation
http://bit.ly/hepLAS

~ Feb. 24 • e-Autopsy: Kaiser Hospitals Dig In to Data to Assess Mortality
http://bit.ly/gXCMIz

Feb. 24 • $3.2B Lawsuit Targets Medicare Underpayments
http://bit.ly/g1OD83

Feb. 24 • 5 Ways Green Surgical Teams Save Hospitals Money
http://bit.ly/fFWIbS

Feb. 22 • Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Rates Drop 70% in Study
http://bit.ly/frkng6

Feb. 18 • Plastic Surgeons Trivialize Cancer in Implant Patients, Group Says
http://bit.ly/dSSlzZ

~ Feb. 17 • Doctors, Hospitals Should Share Blame For Recalled Medical Devices
http://bit.ly/hlIAUk

Feb. 16 • Hospice Rates Rise, But Hospitalizations Remain High
http://bit.ly/fZc88h

Feb. 15 • 80 Percent of Recalled Medical Devices Got Little FDA Scrutiny
http://bit.ly/ep6Uyu

Feb. 14 • Medical Image Testing Rate Declines
http://bit.ly/eaBHTv

Feb. 14 • Ensuring ED Specialty Call a Growing Problem in CA
http://bit.ly/e637zu

Feb. 13 • Are Mobile Apps Amazing?
http://bit.ly/h4xS9O

Feb. 13 • Industry Survey – Quality
http://bit.ly/dWYZGp

Feb. 13 • Industry Survey- Community/Rural
http://bit.ly/hJwjHn

~ Feb. 10 • A Hospital Prevents Readmissions, but Threatens Revenue
http://bit.ly/gjf4DC

Feb. 10 • Disease Prevention Gets $750M in Fed Funds
http://bit.ly/eRZOFC

Feb. 9 • Gross Exams of Tonsils ‘Not Cost-Effective,’ Says Researcher
http://bit.ly/gOrowx

Feb. 8 • RFID 100% Accurate in Surgical Sponge Tracking Test
http://bit.ly/eiC1c6

Feb. 7 • Risk of Medical Errors by ED Doctors Linked to Interruptions
http://bit.ly/fTLxp4

Feb. 3 • Fed HIT Chief Blumenthal to Step Down
http://bit.ly/g7JgmM

Feb. 3 • Nurse Anesthetists’ Scope of Practice Challenged Again in CA
http://bit.ly/hP9lBW

Feb. 3 • Back Pain Cost Hospitals $9.5B in 2008
http://bit.ly/gUBm8Y

~ Feb. 3 • Gawande on Checklists: Why Don’t Hospitals Use Them?
http://bit.ly/f83Lw6

Feb. 1 • Higher Spending CA Hospitals Demonstrate Lower Mortality Rates
http://bit.ly/h6D4la

Jan. 31 • Guidant Faces More Legal Action in False Claims Lawsuit
http://bit.ly/hfC2oC

Jan. 31 • MRSA Screenings of ICU Patients Can Reduce Hospital Costs
http://bit.ly/eH2FAe

Jan. 28 • Rates of Early Elective Births ‘Disturbing,’ Says Watchdog Group
http://bit.ly/gI6n0K

~ Jan. 27 • Contain Costs, Some Hospitals Tackle Patients’ Non-Medical Problems
http://bit.ly/fKJI0U

Jan. 27 • AHA: Make Wellness Part of Healthcare Workforce Culture
http://bit.ly/i6ZKtz

Jan. 26 • AMA: Patients Lack Education on Physician Credentials
http://bit.ly/gahPuH

Jan. 26 • CT Scans for Abdominal Pain May Reduce Hospitalizations
http://bit.ly/i0ns5n

Jan. 25 • U.S. Cancer Rate World’s Seventh Highest
http://bit.ly/hiFmX2

Jan. 25 • Medicare Fraud Recovery Totaled $4B in 2010
http://bit.ly/hHJyGK

Jan. 24 • OIG: Medicare Advantage Prepayments Cost CMS Millions
http://bit.ly/eSDuXF

Jan. 21 • CHF Patients May Fare Better, Pay More at High-Volume Hospitals
http://bit.ly/h3NhoK

Jan. 20 • Poll: Physicians Bearish on Healthcare Reform
http://bit.ly/h9mDrM

Jan. 20 • Employer Health Insurance Costs Ratcheting Up Globally
http://bit.ly/ejoV1z

~ Jan. 20 • How Grumpy Patients Can Cost Hospitals Big Bucks
http://bit.ly/hCMGCR

Jan. 18 • MRSA Infects 5% of ED Patients
http://bit.ly/fMUi2X

Jan. 18 • Patient Experience Scores Skew by Region, Providers Say
http://bit.ly/ebRpDn

Jan. 13 • Hospital Infection Detection, Reporting Measures Uneven
http://bit.ly/eJzD45

Jan. 13 • Healthcare Reform Spawns Daunting Regulations (cover)
http://bit.ly/hKKwoV

~ Jan. 13 • How Scripps Health Brewed Up a Plan That Saved $350K
http://bit.ly/fT11uV

Jan. 13 • CMA Files Suit Over Optometrists’ Scope of Practice
http://bit.ly/hPa1Jg

Jan. 12 • Private ICU Rooms Slash HAI Rates by Half
http://bit.ly/eBf6FQ

Jan. 12 • Doctors Communicate Poorly Among Themselves, Study Finds
http://bit.ly/i5p7dn

Jan. 11 • CMS Releases Value-Based Purchasing Incentive Plan
http://bit.ly/i108iW

Jan. 7 • 5 Reasons ACOs Could Fail
http://bit.ly/h18xFS

Jan. 6 • 11 Hot Healthcare Buzzwords for 2011
http://bit.ly/ih9jDt

~ Jan. 6 • Dawning of the Age of Mortality Transparency
http://bit.ly/fxQnE4

Jan. 6 • 11 Hot Healthcare Buzzwords for 2011
http://bit.ly/ih9jDt

Jan. 3 • Top 10 Healthcare Quality Issues for 2011
http://bit.ly/g3rXG6