HealthLeaders 2014

Updated Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

~ indicates a regular weekly column on healthcare quality
+ indicates a special column on healthcare human resources issues

Dec. 19, 2014 • 1 in 5 Eligible Hospitals Penalized for HACs
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~ Dec. 18 • 12 Hires to Keep Your Hospital Out of Trouble
http://bit.ly/1wmLpjF

Dec. 11, 2014 • HL20: Derek Angus
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Dec. 15 2014 • New Care Continuum Partnerships
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~ Dec. 11 • Childbirth Quality Data Seriously Lacking
http://bit.ly/1sm190X

Dec. 8, 2014 • Quality Reporting’s Influence on Clinical Outcomes Examined
http://bit.ly/1yz94tR

~ Dec. 4 • A Mysterious Reduction: HACs Plunge 17%
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Dec. 2, 2014 • Physician Fee Schedule Winners and Losers
http://bit.ly/1Gb7QLg

Nov. 21, 2014 • Former NQF Co-Chair Linked to Conflicts of Interest in Journal Probe
http://bit.ly/11mqr7R

~ Nov. 20 • As Retail Clinics Surge, Quality Metrics MIA
http://bit.ly/1F4MgWi

Nov. 20, 2014 • Medicare Cost, Quality Data Tools Weak, Says GAO
http://bit.ly/1z5sQ1J

Nov. 17, 2014 • CIOs, CMOs Share EHR, Telehealth Adoption Experiences
http://bit.ly/1uOloZH

Nov. 14, 2014 • Population Health Challenges HIT, Quality Leaders
http://bit.ly/1yHDpri

Nov. 14, 2014 • The Specialized Hospitalists
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~ Nov. 13 • Medicare to Finally Pay Doctors for Care They Were Giving Away
http://bit.ly/1sJgsiW

Nov. 12 • End to Global Payments a ‘Nightmare,’ Surgeons Say
http://bit.ly/1xxmz0b

~ Nov. 6 • 840 Million Ways to Help Dysfunctional Physician Practices
http://bit.ly/1zz7w8h

Nov. 6 • Two-Midnight, Pioneer ACO Rules Targeted by OIG
http://bit.ly/1y8MhpG

Nov. 3, 2014 • Behind CMS’s $840M Move to Fix Physicians’ Practices
http://bit.ly/1tFLtYM

~ Oct. 30 • Q&A: Nursing Union Leader Talks Ebola Prep
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Oct. 27, 2014 • Ebola: Lawmakers, Healthcare Leaders Clash Over Quarantines
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Oct. 27, 2014 • Ebola: Nurses Demand ‘Tools We Need’ to Fight Infection
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~ Oct. 23 • Ebola: Health Officials Try to Quell Front Line Fears
http://bit.ly/1tl1vZj

Oct. 21, 2014 • House Calls Key to Pioneer ACO Success
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~ Oct. 16 • Ebola: A Call for Designated Hospitals
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Oct. 16, 2014 • Ebola: Second TX Nurse Diagnosed After Improper Protective Gear Application
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Oct. 15, 2014 • Solutions to Healthcare’s ‘Obvious Corruption’ Visible
http://bit.ly/1txz8sN

Oct. 15, 2014 • Ebola: CDC Offers Rapid Response to Hospitals
http://bit.ly/1w7273B

Oct. 14, 2014 • Ebola: CDC Seeks to ‘Immediately’ Change Hospital Procedures
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Oct. 13, 2014 • Ebola: Despite ‘Full CDC Precautions,’ Hospital Worker Infected
http://bit.ly/1z4lUpT

October, 2014 • Quality in an Ambulatory Surgical Setting
http://bit.ly/1xIfOZu

~ Oct. 9 • Ebola: Have We Learned Nothing From HIV/AIDS?
http://bit.ly/1pVJnzW

Oct. 6, 2014 • CDC Chief Stresses Infection Control Measures in Ebola Fight
http://bit.ly/1pGXg4S

Oct. 6, 2014 • Q&A: Former Texas Health Exec on Ebola’s Impact
http://bit.ly/1vIDx9R

Oct. 3, 2014 • Hospital: EHR Flaw Obscured Ebola Patient’s Travel Note
http://bit.ly/1vjjv4n

~ Oct. 2 • Ebola: 7 Questions About U.S. Providers’ Response
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Oct. 1, 2014 • Open Payments Site Launches to User Complaints
http://bit.ly/1pAPSIa

Sept. 27, 2014 • Why Open Payments Irks Physicians
http://bit.ly/1xaw03S

Sept. 26, 2014 • Telemetry Overuse Cost Health System $4.8 Million in One Year
http://bit.ly/1uKFvZl

Sept. 26, 2014 • 3 More Pioneer ACOs Say They Will Quit
http://bit.ly/ZGmBGc

~ Sept. 25 • Ebola in the U.S.: Reason to Fear, to Hope, to Prepare
http://bit.ly/1peX0Kf

Sept. 19, 2014 • Few Winners Among MSSP Participants
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~ Sept. 18 • Malnourishment ‘Epidemic’ Plagues Hospitals? Really
http://bit.ly/1qOqZOB

Sept. 17, 2014 • EHR Systems ‘Immature, Costly,’ AMA Says
http://bit.ly/1DjtzQG

Sept. 15, 2014 • Advocate, NorthShore Deal Would Create 16-Hospital System
http://bit.ly/1AXr2b0

Sept. 13, 2014 • Building for Quality
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Sept. 10, 2014 • Infection Control Practices Inconsistently Measured in the ED
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~ Sept. 4 • Hospitalists’ Numbers Quadrupled in Last Decade
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Sept. 4, 2014 • U.S. Healthcare Spending Growth to Resume
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Sept. 2, 2014 • Will More Pioneer ACOs Defect?
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~ Aug. 28 • PCI: Concerns Mount About Appropriateness
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Aug. 25, 2014 • ‘Kafkaesque’ Value System Unfairly Penalizes Doctor Pay
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Aug. 22, 2014 • TJC Warns Hospitals of Deadly Medical Tubing Mistakes
http://bit.ly/1rpUPd9

~ Aug. 21 • Some Cancer Hospitals’ Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
http://bit.ly/1tlnnCZ

Aug. 20, 2014 • Cleveland Clinic Partners with North Shore-LIJ for Heart Care
http://bit.ly/1tyFvYq

Aug. 18, 2014 • Antibiotic Overuse a ‘Huge Threat’ to Patient Safety, Says CDC
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~ Aug. 14 • Age: Sometimes a Good Reason to Discriminate
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Aug. 13, 2014 • In Cancer Survivors, Colonoscopy Risks Rise with Age
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Aug.11, 2014 • VBP Program Impact, Incentives Questioned
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Aug. 8, 2014 • EHR Adoption Slow, Information Exchange Lagging
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Aug. 7, 2014 • Simple EHR Function May Trigger Audits, Hospitalist Cautions
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~ Aug. 7 • CA Sitting on Millions in Hospital Fines
http://bit.ly/1kpuMj6

Aug. 5, 2014 • CMS Issues Final FY2015 Rule on Inpatient Hospital Payments
http://bit.ly/1uiKhtR

~ July 31 • Handshaking Spreads Germs. Get Over It.
http://bit.ly/1rTpPkZ

July 31, 2014 • Senators Hear How Two-Midnight Rule Harms Patients, Hospitals
http://bit.ly/XjGZeS

July 30, 2014 • IOM Identifies GME Problems, Calls for Finance Changes
http://bit.ly/1tZVLSE

July 28, 2014 • CA Fines 8 Hospitals for Medical Errors
http://bit.ly/1zlSoZv

~ July 24 • Surgical Checklists Unused in 10% of Hospitals, CMS Data Shows’ Bias
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July 24, 2014 • Drug Pricing ‘Tantamount to Greed,’ Lawmaker Says
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July 22, 2014 • Study Puts Spotlight on Preventing Fall-Related Injuries
http://bit.ly/1nUpw1G

July 18, 2014 • Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death, Senators Told
http://bit.ly/1wDYC3I

~ July 17 • Prostate Cancer Treatment Trends Show Urologists’ Bias
http://bit.ly/1rklQxN

July 17, 2014 • OPPS Proposal Calls for Colonoscopy Complication Reporting
http://bit.ly/1zICDwG

July 15, 2014 • Docs, Specialists ID Proposed Payment Fee Concerns
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July 11, 2014 • ACGME Chief Sees ‘Huge’ Risk of Error in Proposed Assistant Physician Licensure
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July 10, 2014 • CDC Expanding Quality of Care Efforts
http://bit.ly/1kOvZeo

~ July 10 • Doctor Shortage ‘Fix’ Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen
http://bit.ly/1qo3KH9

July 8, 2014 • Healthcare M&A Links to Integration Questioned
http://bit.ly/1jmkNug

July 7, 2014 • Emergency Surgeries Drop with Insurance Expansion in MA
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July 2, 2014 • 2 GA Healthcare Systems Ink Partnership Deal
http://bit.ly/1mV7TDp

July 1, 2014 • Infection Prevention Effort Targets Hospital Handshakes
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~ June 26 • Infuriated by MOC Rules, Physicians Unleash on Certification Boards
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June 24, 2014 • Senior Medicare Fraud Patrol Recovers $5.9M
http://bit.ly/1opEy3l

June 19, 2014 • Physicians Rail at Recertification Requirements
http://bit.ly/1vXRYGN

~ June 19 • Preventable Deaths Report Not Ready for Prime Time
http://bit.ly/1kTdmoB

June 2014 • Arresting Sepsis Early Saves Money, Lives
http://bitly.com/1oXXODW

June 17 • MedPAC Offers 7 Ways to Adjust Medicare Payments
http://bit.ly/UUmPY3w

~ June 12 • 10 Ways to Halt Drug Diversion by Healthcare Workers
http://bit.ly/1ucr0J0

June 11 • CLABSI Prevention Spotlighted at APIC Conference
http://bit.ly/TODjQw

~ June 5 • Drug Diversion Problem is Bigger Than You Think
http://bit.ly/1kEXCdH

June 5 • Cancer Hospitals Study Yields ‘Confusing’ Findings
http://bitly.com/1i5F3L1

May 30 • Medicare Overpaid Physicians $6.7B For Miscoded Claims
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~ May 29 • Medical Error Averted
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May 28 • Hospitals Begin Subsidizing Exchange Premiums via Third Parties
http://bit.ly/1rJMRvr

May 23 • Sebelius OKs Foundation Subsidies for QHP Enrollee Premiums
http://bit.ly/1oUaXRS

~ May 22 • After a Medical Error, Patients Could Become Hospital Insiders
http://bit.ly/1mQ5zKY

May 21 • Observation, Two-Midnight Rules Hit in Hearing
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May 19 • ‘Stunning’ Number of Sepsis Cases Among Patients Who Die in Hospitals
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~ May 15 • QIOs Prep for Big Changes
http://bit.ly/1jyPS7l

May 14 • Medicare Pays Billions for Wasteful Care
http://bit.ly/1ouyd5x

May 12 • Salvaged Blood Safer, Cheaper than Transfusions, Study Says
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May 11 • How Making Hospital Quality Data Public Affects Providers
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~ May 8 • Hospitals Brace for Next HAC Penalty
http://bit.ly/1rJMd0K

April 11 • Autopsy Advocates
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April 11 • As Hospitalist Patient Loads Rise, So Do Hospital Costs
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~ April 3 • Get Ready for Medicare’s 5-Star Hospital Ratings
http://hlm.tc/1pYKT60

~ March 27 • Hospital Organ Donor Programs Push the Envelope
http://hlm.tc/PjBOI0

March 27 • Hospital-Acquired Infections Decline, But Threat Remains
http://hlm.tc/1i2rD1p

March 26 • Medicare Rules Make Offsite Organ Recovery Costly
http://hlm.tc/1iijcQL

March 25 • Organ Recovery Centers Reduce Transplant Costs 37%
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~ March 20 • The Bad News on Sepsis is Really Good News
http://hlm.tc/1hJV2ys

March 19 • Septic Shock Treatment Protocols Challenged
http://hlm.tc/1lnBC5y

March 13 • Full Accountability
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~ March 13 • Physician: Adverse Events from Insulin Prescribing ‘An Epidemic’
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March 10 • Hospital Groups Strike Back at Hospital Rating Systems
http://hlm.tc/1ge69S1

~ March 6 • Size Matters in Antibiotic Overuse
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March 5 • CDC Warns of Antibiotic Overuse in Hospitals
http://hlm.tc/1nokXzr

March 4 • AHRQ: Surgical Admissions Bring 48% of Hospital Revenue
http://hlm.tc/1ihHqea

March 3 • Steep Drop Seen in Medically Unnecessary C-Sections
http://hlm.tc/1n1pmYQ

~ Feb. 27 • As Allegations Swirl, Baylor Plano Rejects Baldrige Award
http://hlm.tc/NA3KGf

Feb. 27 • PCMH Pilot Not Associated with Cost Reductions, Study Shows
http://hlm.tc/1mHXyZs

Feb. 24 • Insurance Status a Factor in Trauma Care, Study Says
http://hlm.tc/1bXZo7a

~ Feb. 20 • It’s Impossible to Know What $1B in Federal Quality Spending Buys
http://hlm.tc/1l2HUti

Feb. 18 • Top 5 ED Procedures to Avoid
http://hlm.tc/1clOeHm

+ Feb. 17 • AOL Chief’s Benefits Blunder Also a HIPAA Violation
http://hlm.tc/1bFPBTu

~ Feb. 13 • A Hidden Cause of Readmissions Comes to Light
http://hlm.tc/1nwq52J

Feb. 13 • Strategies for Safer Hospital Medicine Also Cut Costs
http://hlm.tc/1dWJxjM

Feb. 12 • ECRI Cautions Hospitals About Tech Hype
http://hlm.tc/1fqRKh3

Feb. 11 • Hospital Engagement Networks Lauded for Lessening Hospital Harm, Costs
http://hlm.tc/1oCh4sf

~ Feb. 6 • Better Bariatric Surgery Outcomes Depend on Data, Accreditation
http://hlm.tc/1fzqUVq

Feb. 4 • Medical Errors Draw $770,000 in Fines in CA
http://hlm.tc/1friGhS

Feb. 3 • OIG to Investigate HIX Flaws in 2014
http://hlm.tc/1ch9LgJ

~ Jan. 30 • Dirty Scrubs and Other Disease-Spreading Attire
http://hlm.tc/1ieqhD7

Jan. 30 • ICU Infection Prevention Practices Lax
http://hlm.tc/1fjiB1g

Jan. 28 • Pledges Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Rates
http://hlm.tc/1f7qFCl

Jan. 27 • Little Threat to Specialists’ Revenue in Choosing Wisely Recommendations
http://hlm.tc/1qXfpvK

~ Jan. 23 • NQF Distances Itself From Safe Practices Co-Chair
http://hlm.tc/1jFGnWU

Jan. 20 • Miami Children’s Hospital Cuts Chargemaster Rates by 30%
http://hlm.tc/1aE5VRy

~ Jan. 16 • Feds to Release 8 Quality Measures for Psych Unit Care
http://hlm.tc/1dxZbFX

Jan. 16 • RAC Appeals Process ‘Broken,’ AHA Says
http://hlm.tc/Lj9Av5

~ Jan. 9 • 12 Things I’d Change On Hospital Compare
http://bit.ly/1hDAiMu

Jan. 9 • NFP Groups Release CA Patient Experience Rankings
http://hlm.tc/1bUIhwm

Jan. 8 • Fresh Take on Hospital Discharges Cuts Readmissions
http://hlm.tc/1dCuz2i

Jan. 7 • Top 14 Healthcare Quality Issues for 2014, Part 2
http://hlm.tc/1eEnjFr

Jan. 6 • Top Healthcare Quality Issues for 2014, Part I
http://hlm.tc/JY1dn3

Jan. 3 • Top Healthcare Buzzwords for 2014, Part 2
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Jan. 2 • Top Healthcare Buzzwords for 2014, Part 1
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~ Jan. 2, 2014 • First Ray of Sun Shines on Cancer Measure Reporting
http://hlm.tc/1cLgd3a