HealthLeaders Columns

Quality Columns from September 2010 to present
Community and Rural Columns Prior to September, 2010

The ‘Q’

~ May 21, 2015 • Welcome Back, Volume—the Original Quality Measure
http://bit.ly/1cQskzm

~ May 14, 2015 • Marcus Welby, MD, is on the Hot Seat
http://bit.ly/1HqIVar

~ May 7, 2015 • Bringing Parsimony and Reason to the Insanity of Measure Mania
http://bit.ly/1F9ZmYf

~ April 23, 2015 • Natural Orifice Gallbladder Surgery as Safe as Laparoscopy
http://bit.ly/1EhXJVT

~ April 16, 2015 • ABMS Chief Defends MOC
http://bit.ly/1zl92qO

~ April 9, 2015 • Q&A: Paul Teirstein—The Doc Behind the Mutiny Against the MOC
http://bit.ly/1EcMb6w

~ April 2, 2015 • Functional Outcomes Data for Joint Replacement Ups the Quality Ante
http://bit.ly/1NE8ump

~ March 19, 2015 • Doctors, Stop Sticking Your Patients So Often
http://bit.ly/1BXPR9C

~ March 12, 2015 • Fed Up, Doctors Take Healthcare Overuse Campaign to the Street
http://bit.ly/1wZuSVm

~ March 5, 2015 • In Cancer Wars, It’s Doctors vs. Hospitals
http://bit.ly/1wYjjba

~ Feb. 19, 2015 • Better Chemo Care Keeps Patients Out of the Hospital
http://bit.ly/1FyTSVP

~ Feb. 12, 2015 • Choosing Wisely Lists Too Meek?
http://bit.ly/1zykEoZ

~ Feb. 5, 2015 • Quality Improvement Wars: Them’s Fightin’ Words
http://bit.ly/16vFCxU

~ Jan. 29, 2015 • The HAC No One Wants to Talk About
http://bit.ly/1DcxTiR

~ Jan. 22, 2015 • This ‘Magic Pill’ Can Make Patient Care Safer
http://bit.ly/1JmtjRe

~ Jan. 15, 2015 • No Easy Fix to Opioid Abuse-Related Problems
http://bit.ly/1x5zgfq

~ Jan. 8, 2015 • Patients Clueless About Treatment Risks; Docs Little Help
http://bit.ly/1Fv6KNF

~ Dec. 18 • 12 Hires to Keep Your Hospital Out of Trouble
http://bit.ly/1wmLpjF

~ Dec. 11 • Childbirth Quality Data Seriously Lacking
http://bit.ly/1sm190X

~ Dec. 4 • A Mysterious Reduction: HACs Plunge 17%
http://bit.ly/1yk25d8

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

~ Nov. 13 • Medicare to Finally Pay Doctors for Care They Were Giving Away
http://bit.ly/1sJgsiW

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

~ Oct. 30 • Q&A: Nursing Union Leader Talks Ebola Prep
http://bit.ly/1nTksBO

~ Oct. 23 • Ebola: Health Officials Try to Quell Front Line Fears
http://bit.ly/1tl1vZj

~ Oct. 16 • Ebola: A Call for Designated Hospitals
http://bit.ly/1w9mEp5

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

~ Oct. 2 • Ebola: 7 Questions About U.S. Providers’ Response
http://bit.ly/1uEnTOW

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

~ Sept. 18 • Malnourishment ‘Epidemic’ Plagues Hospitals? Really
http://bit.ly/1qOqZOB

~ Sept. 4 • Hospitalists’ Numbers Quadrupled in Last Decade
http://bit.ly/1u3M0EP

~ Aug. 28 • PCI: Concerns Mount About Appropriateness
http://bit.ly/1lyB2pC

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

~ Aug. 14 • Age: Sometimes a Good Reason to Discriminate
http://bit.ly/1sGVdna

~ Aug. 7 • CA Sitting on Millions in Hospital Fines
http://bit.ly/1kpuMj6

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

~ July 24 • Surgical Checklists Unused in 10% of Hospitals, CMS Data Shows’ Bias
http://bbit.ly/1rPpjSA

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

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

~ June 26 • Infuriated by MOC Rules, Physicians Unleash on Certification Boards
http://bit.ly/1mytod0

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

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

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

~ May 29 • Medical Error Averted
http://bit.ly/1tUdWth

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

~ May 15 • QIOs Prep for Big Changes
http://bit.ly/1jyPS7l

~ May 8 • Hospitals Brace for Next HAC Penalty
http://bit.ly/1rJMd0K

~ 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 20 • The Bad News on Sepsis is Really Good News
http://hlm.tc/1hJV2ys

~ March 13 • Physician: Adverse Events from Insulin Prescribing ‘An Epidemic’
http://hlm.tc/1dW2oQ6

~ March 6 • Size Matters in Antibiotic Overuse
http://hlm.tc/1lCunZL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ Jan. 2 • First Ray of Sun Shines on Cancer Measure Reporting
http://hlm.tc/1cLgd3a

~ Dec. 19 • 7 Signs Providers Are Opening Up About Bad Healthcare Outcomes
http://hlm.tc/IYQs4i

~ Dec. 12 • MUCking Around for New Quality Measures
http://hlm.tc/1fnGRPI

~ Dec. 5 • New G-Codes to Pay Doctors for Broad Array of Non-Face-to-Face Care
hhttp://hlm.tc/1di1uL7

~ Nov. 21 • What’s Wrong With Healthcare Quality Measures? Part II
http://hlm.tc/1bV17at

~ Nov. 14 • What’s Wrong With Healthcare Quality Measures? Part I
http://bit.ly/HP30Kt

~ Nov. 7 • Diagnostic Error Detection Comes Into Focus
http://bit.ly/1dkyZk8

~ Oct. 31 • 5 Scary Things About Healthcare Quality
http://bit.ly/HuBAKx

~ Oct. 24 • Pronovost Lauds Patient Reporting of Adverse Events via FDA Site
http://bit.ly/1giZFC9

~ Oct. 17 • Peer Review of Surgeons’ Skills Carries ‘Threatening Undertones’
http://bit.ly/16dRLGT

~ Oct. 10 • How CMS Penalizes Hospitals for Finding Blood Clots
http://bit.ly/19z3aQo

~ Oct. 3 • Toxic Hospital Practices May Fuel Readmissions
http://bit.ly/1c9sUFG

~ Sept. 26 • How CMS Keeps Quality Data Secret While Making it Public
http://bit.ly/1dMj8HG

~ Sept. 19 • Post-Discharge Efficiency Incentives May Come with Complications
http://bit.ly/1aOngpi

~ Sept. 12 • IOM Cancer Report Highlights Harmful Care
http://bit.ly/13StP8y

~ Sept. 5 • Financial Incentives for Preventing HAIs Don’t Add Up to Much
http://bit.ly/1ej9QEc

Aug. 29 • Tweet Smears Hospital’s Discharge Incentive Campaign
http://bit.ly/142Pq0p

Aug. 22 • It’s Judgment Day for Hospital Websites
http://bit.ly/16ArYp6

Aug. 15 • OB/GYN Pushes Doctors To Think About Cost
http://bit.ly/1bAaMSy

Aug. 8 How Hospital Practices are Trimmed at UCSF
http://bit.ly/15Vvkm9

Aug. 1 • Berwick: Zapping Overtreatment, Costs Takes ‘Courage’
http://bit.ly/16JrcVh

~ July 25 • Physicians on Treadmills Diagnose with Accuracy, Says Mayo Doc
http://bit.ly/1bnMYEx

~ July 18 • Leah Binder Wants Your Hospital Data
http://bit.ly/12LnVWr

~ July 11 • Meet the Mother of All Patient Registries
http://bit.ly/1aevJS7

~ June 27 • Killer Metric Separates Good Hospitals From Bad
http://bit.ly/122MaKJ

~ June 20 • ED Tries Telemedicine in Bid to Cut Wait Times
http://bit.ly/180VDux

~ June 13 • Physician Pay Will Soon Depend on Outcomes
http://bit.ly/13HVWV4

June 6 • Hospitals’ Fear of 30-Day Penalties May Speed Hospice Admissions
http://bit.ly/11v2EPK

May 30 • This Hospital Infection Don’t Get No Respect
http://bit.ly/1aFb6wR

~ May 23 • Hospitals Profit On Bloodstream Infections
http://bit.ly/16bW9G6

~ May 16 • Patient Harm Data to Remain on Medicare’s Hospital Compare Site
http://bit.ly/10BaeDN

~ May 9 • Spirituality Presents a Paradox in End-of-Life Care
http://bit.ly/11VWIgq

May 2 • Deadly CRE Infection Spreading Fast in Hospitals
http://bit.ly/ZpT7Wa

~ April 25 • If ACE Units Are So Great, Why Aren’t They Everywhere?
http://bit.ly/YV5cmb

April 18 • Whose Data Is It, Anyway?
http://bit.ly/17sgxgW

April 11 • Video Cameras in the OR May be Inevitable
http://bit.ly/ZjHBv7

April 4 • $3 Million Health Puzzler Draws to a Close
http://bit.ly/ZaVbA8

~ March 28 • Q&A: Lucian Leape Wants Tougher Patient Safety Regs
http://bit.ly/14z0i55

~ March 21 • How the Hospital Inspections Database Came to Life
http://bit.ly/WOjrMF

~ March 14 • CDI Prevention Protocols Maddeningly Inconsistent
http://bit.ly/ZqGKtN

~ March 7 • CMS Quietly Makes Some ED Wait Times Public
http://bit.ly/ZhRw7s

Feb. 28 • Free Marketeer’s Healthcare Scheme Would be Chaos
http://bit.ly/YKzVVr

Feb. 21 • Robots, Weight Loss Surgery, and a Twisted Tale Out of Baltimore
http://bit.ly/XnZTh7

~ Feb. 14 • ‘Readmissions Week’ Recap
http://bit.ly/ZhWKC7

Feb. 7 • Antimicrobial Trumps Soap and Water in the ICU
http://bit.ly/WRR2no

Jan. 31 • Healthcare Delivery Gets its Own Journal
http://bit.ly/11mIHqT

~ Jan. 24 • Patient Protection Needs Focus in Obama’s Second Term
http://bit.ly/10Dzeeo

~ Jan. 17 • Medical Error ‘Second Victims’ Get Some Help, Finally
http://bit.ly/XhI0g6

~ Jan. 10 • Crouse Docs Rap to Halt HAC
http://bit.ly/WFlIUr

~ Jan. 3 • Best Quality Columns of 2012 from A to Z
http://bit.ly/TzhAIV

2012

~ Dec. 27 • A Hospital Chief’s Auld Lang Syne for 2013
http://bit.ly/YQWxFe

Dec. 20 • Hospital Care ‘3,000 Times Less Safe Than Air Travel,’ Says TJC Chief
http://bit.ly/TaqX0b

Dec. 13 • IHI: Time to Get Serious About Healthcare Quality, Costs
http://bit.ly/UpLrB2

Dec. 6 • Q&A: Don Berwick Reflects on Healthcare Reform, Part I
http://bit.ly/SBdOgs

Nov. 30 • Exeter Patients May Have Suffered Pain from Drug Diversion
http://bit.ly/Sk76uW

~ Nov. 15 • Why Healthcare Costs Trillions Less in Canada
http://bit.ly/XJtl1W

~ Nov. 8 • The Election Is Over, But Not the Shouting
http://bit.ly/TaOahI

Nov. 1 • Why Did NYU Langone’s Emergency Generators Fail?
http://bit.ly/Q9fW10

Oct. 25 • Q&A: Readmissions Prevention Expert Warns of Penalties
http://bit.ly/Rfw6Rt

Oct. • 11 Hospital Concerns Over Drug Supplies Mount as Meningitis Outbreak Spreads
http://bit.ly/RtAgZR

Oct. 4 • Failure to Manage Diabetic Eye Disease Screenings Carries Staggering Costs
http://bit.ly/Rg1d07

Sept. 27 • Take ‘Healthcare 101’ and See the Doctor
http://bit.ly/QrVLd9

Sept. 20 • Pronovost Calls for an ‘SEC’ for Healthcare Quality
http://bit.ly/PYadcw

~ Sept. 13 • Hopkins Surgeon Blasts Healthcare Safety, Ethics
http://bit.ly/PyKdUL

~ Sept. 6 • $9.25M in Fines for Medical Errors Goes Largely Unspent in CA
http://bit.ly/NeNGYw

~ Aug. 30 • HCA Probe Spotlights Cardiologists’ ‘Irresistible Temptation’
http://bit.ly/OCmNNS

Aug. 23 • ‘Hospital of the Future’s’ Top 20 Features
http://bit.ly/QvvfdI

~ Aug. 16 • ‘Informed Decision’ May Irk Surgeons as It Cuts Costs, Improves Quality
http://bit.ly/P3gSi0

Aug. 9 • Adverse Events and Other Rants: 10 Favorite Reads
http://bit.ly/OO2iLg

~ Aug. 2 • ‘Serial Infector’ Investigation Points to Need for Federal Registry
http://bit.ly/QB4Wqj

~ July 26 • Hospitals’ Adverse Event Reporting Systems Inadequate
http://bit.ly/LQbscH

~ July 19 • 7 Ways the PPACA Hurts Safety Net Hospitals
http://bit.ly/PmYXWb

July 12 • PPACA’s Impact on Quality of Care Isn’t Getting Its Due
http://bit.ly/LS7KM3

July 5 • MoMs Hips a Grinding Dilemma for Hospitals, Doctors, FDA
http://bit.ly/LX6UvU

June 28 • Hospital’s Drug Diversion Nightmare Spawns Multiple Infections
http://bit.ly/LwDLay

~ June 21 • Hospital-Acquired VTE Still a Leading Cause of Death
http://bit.ly/KPBHAz

~ June 14 • Leapfrog’s ‘License Fees’ for Promoting Hospital Scores Rankle
http://bit.ly/MtQNsX

June 7 • Hospitals Give Leapfrog Safety Scores a Failing Grade
http://bit.ly/LHm8nU

~ May 31 • Surgical Site Infections Persist, But Why?
http://bit.ly/M8wVeU

May 24 • New Facebook Page Gathers Stories of Medical Harm
http://bit.ly/JpdASH

~ May 17 • Beyond HCAHPS, Patient Surveys Dig Into Functional Outcomes
http://bit.ly/KE2c9t

~ May 10 • Meaningful Use Quality Measures May Be Meaningless
http://bit.ly/IWCLjY

~ May 3 • How IPPS Proposed Rules Would Affect Quality Measures
http://bit.ly/KuWz9r

~ April 26 • Hospital Readmissions, Mortality Incentives Alarmingly Misaligned
http://bit.ly/IZAP6F

~ April 19 • Feds Urge Cuts in Use of Anti-Psychotic Drugs for Seniors
http://bit.ly/Iq1CJR

~ April 12 • Preventing Hospital Readmissions Takes a Village
http://bit.ly/IfxoGg

~ April 5 • Why Process Measures Fail to Budge 30-Day Mortality Rates
http://bit.ly/HYT23G

March 29 • 10 Things We Don’t Know About Looming Readmission Penalties
http://bit.ly/GZRDIM

~ March 22 • ACA Turns Two; Has it Improved Quality of Care?
http://bit.ly/GRhZ27

~ March 15 • Patients Set to Unleash Feedback on Doctors
http://bit.ly/zkcnU0

March 8 • PCORI Nails Down a Definition, at Last
http://bit.ly/xJsTe3

March 1 • ICD-10 Proponents Cry Foul
http://bit.ly/wF0eKi

Feb. 23 • HIMSS: Don’t Let HIT Obscure Patient Safety Needs
http://bit.ly/w8xikn

Feb. 16 • When A Surgical Site Infection Sends a Friend Through Hell
http://bit.ly/z6QVf2

Feb. 9 • CMS Reveals Central Line Infection Rates, Finally
http://bit.ly/xBXmde

Feb. 2 • Hospitals Urged to Track Quality in Obstetrics
http://bit.ly/wkLZVo

Jan. 26 • Physician Referral Patterns Ripe for Scrutiny
http://bit.ly/xddjnN

Jan. 19 • 8 Reasons Why Ambulatory Care Quality Matters More Than Ever
http://bit.ly/ws7SEI

Jan. 12 • 7 Reasons Hospitals Buy Technology They Don’t Need
http://bit.ly/xjSqOf

~ Jan. 6 • Stop Using In-Hospital Mortality Rates to Judge Quality
http://bit.ly/ApoZLT

2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010

~ Dec. 30 • $3 Million Prize Offered to Solve Hospital Admissions Puzzle
http://bit.ly/gNLNla

~ Dec. 16 • Readmissions Reduction Effort at Kaiser Involves Cameras
http://bit.ly/hR5qR4

~ Dec. 9 • IHI Forum Reflections: 10 ‘Aha’ Moments
http://bit.ly/gr4deG

~ Dec. 2 • What Disney Can Teach Hospitals About Patient-Centered Care
http://bit.ly/h64IUf

~ Nov. 18 • End-of-Life Care is Often Futile, Costly
http://bit.ly/9W2TeF

~ Nov. 11 • How Providers First Did More Harm This Week
http://bit.ly/ctb2bG

~ Nov. 4 • Doctors Take Umbrage at Porsche Promo
http://bit.ly/cv2II6

~ Oct. 28 • Winners (and Losers) in the Quality Race for Cash
http://bit.ly/aC1hBM

~ Oct. 21 • Behind the Huge Variations in Dialysis Patient Mortality
http://bit.ly/czzlsU

~ Oct. 14 • Wrong Site Surgeries Still a Threat
http://bit.ly/9ZOeHH

~ Oct. 7 • A Modest Proposal: Pay More for Care Only if It’s Better
http://bit.ly/bFhn9Z

~ Sept. 30 • 4 Signs of Surgeons’ Inattention in the OR
http://bit.ly/dD22uG

Community and Rural Hospitals (Until Sept. 29)

Sept. 29 • A Call for Standardized Infection Detection Practices
http://bit.ly/c9sPB1

~ Sept. 22 • The Importance of Knowing Exactly Why We Die
http://bit.ly/cUWMFO

~ Sept. 15 • Hospitals Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place Over ‘Observation’
http://bit.ly/9wQZ1y

~ Sept. 8 • 5 Tips for Avoiding Diagnostic Errors
http://bit.ly/a24jNR

~ Sept. 1 • Revealed: Why Health Providers Avoid Vaccines
http://bit.ly/bNdp7e

~ Aug. 25 • Surgeon Envisions Nationwide Trauma System
http://bit.ly/9dATvN

~ Aug. 18 • FCC Proposal to Expand Rural Broadband Too Limiting
http://bit.ly/dvPo3R

~ Aug. 11 • 4 Good News Stories on HAI, and a Bonus
http://bit.ly/9F3RJp

~ Aug. 4 • Filling the Demand for Mental Health Specialists
http://bit.ly/detG1v

~ July 28 • Doctors Need Decision Support in Ordering Imaging Diagnostics
http://bit.ly/cHM0od

July 21 • HRSA Hopes Committee Will Translate a Tower of Babel
http://bit.ly/aR509r

~ July 14 • Hospital’s Fast Action Stops Potentially Disastrous HAI
http://bit.ly/bkBHlz

~ July 7 • Protocols Needed For Palliative Care at End of Life
http://bit.ly/cZciCL

~ June 30 • From Fantasyland to Tomorrowland: Wireless Health for Rural Vets
http://bit.ly/alssiI

June 23 • SICU Psychosis: Prevent Delirium to Improve Prognosis and Stem Soaring Cost
http://bit.ly/d12ycX

~ June 16 • Prying Eyes Will Cost Hospitals Millions
http://bit.ly/cS2fL4

June 9 • Simple ‘Three Bucket’ Tool Helps Prevent Huge Cause of Inpatient Death
http://bit.ly/9j1mGX

June 2 • CLABSI: ‘A Polio Campaign for the 21st Century’
http://bit.ly/bWawyg

May 26 • Quickie Quiz: What’s Your Adverse Events Intelligence?
http://bit.ly/9Ly7y9

May 19 • A Mammogram As A Metaphor For Patient-Centered Care
http://bit.ly/aBvmtB

May 12 • How the Dakotas Keep Their Doctors: Sanford Merit Says: ‘We Grow Our Own’
http://bit.ly/aJ1Vln

May 5 • E-Pharmacy Catches Drug Mistakes for Rural Hospitals in Five States
http://bit.ly/aBooKU

~ April 28 • Will We Ever Start Calling Nurse “Doctor”?
http://bit.ly/b3U1Ok

April 21 • Southwest Healthcare: How Could So Much Be So Wrong?
http://bit.ly/9ACRPF

April 14 • Why Aren’t Hospitals More Concerned About Blood Safety?
http://bit.ly/cPoZgG

April 7 • Community Hospital War Pits University Against the Rest of Region’s Healthcare System
http://bit.ly/cBe5Yw

March 31 • What a TV Show Can Teach Us About Readmissions
http://bit.ly/bS9ANt

~ March 24 • Don’t Take Critical Access Hospitals for Granted
http://bit.ly/bR04Aq

~ March 17 • Retire And Go Fishing? Not For This Rural Florida Keys Doctor
http://bit.ly/dAGdOP

March 10, 2010 – Rival Systems Realize They Gain From Collaboration
http://bit.ly/9FulIk

March 3 • Four Rival Texas Hospitals Bond For Meaningful Use And To Improve Care
http://bit.ly/d0Du9B

~ Feb. 25 • Hospitals Renew Battle to Hire Doctors in California
http://bit.ly/bxDDgH

~ Feb. 10 Scope of Practice Battle Overlooks Reality; Rural Areas Lack Doctors
http://bit.ly/aNMdQa

~ Feb. 3 A Captive Audience—and Providers—Benefit from Telemedicine
http://bit.ly/9qByZY

Jan. 27 • Critical Access Hospitals Could Benefit from Drug Discounts
http://bit.ly/8Yr0oT

Jan. 20 • Can Art—And Artie Shaw—Reduce Health Costs and Improve Patient Satisfaction?
http://bit.ly/7NWtBd

Jan. 14 • Rural Minnesota Hospital Survives Fight With Feds
http://bit.ly/4GWFdw

2009

Dec. 30 • Hoops for Hope is a Slam Dunk for Rural Women’s Health
http://bit.ly/4UY4GP

Dec. 16 • How a Small Oklahoma Town Reduced Costs Through Patient Literacy
http://bit.ly/76wXTy

Dec. 9 • Providers Should Get Used To Hand Hygiene Demands
http://bit.ly/XvZISE

Dec. 2 • Learning From Our Mistakes 10 Years After To Err Is Human
http://bit.ly/52jsCL

Nov. 18 • Little-Known Medicare Pay Code Change Will Hurt Specialists
http://bit.ly/2zuaI4

Nov. 11 • Tell Your Trustees Real Stories of Patient Harm
http://bit.ly/4C0qko

Nov. 4 • What Should Rural Healthcare Look Like After Reform
http://bit.ly/awIKi

Oct. 28 • Rural North Carolina Gets Savvy With Teleneurology For Stroke
http://bit.ly/36hhx5

Oct. 21 • Mistake-Proofing In Medicine, And In Refrigerators
http://bit.ly/pT8l

Oct. 14 • Lost In Translation: The Need for Interpreter Certification
http://bit.ly/gswA7

Oct. 7 • Eight Ways Baucus Bill Would Root Out Healthcare Fraud
http://bit.ly/81gJM

Sept. 30 • With Its New Hospital, Rural Utah Gets A Fancy EMR (And A Sacred Hogan)
http://bit.ly/YuLWu

Sept. 23 • A Rural Health Reform Shopping List
http://bit.ly/yCBSU

Sept. 16 • Surveyed Physicians Favor Mix of Public Option/Private Insurance Coverage
http://bit.ly/fLrh7

Sept. 9 • We Need to Learn What Works for Health
http://bit.ly/z254m

Sept. 2 • CA Hospitals Fight for Right to Hire Docs on Constitutional Grounds
http://bit.ly/WV1MJ

Aug. 26 • Two Rural Hospitals Say Money Doesn’t Matter in Pay for Performance Success
http://bit.ly/yHTM7

Aug. 19 • What Is Really Scaring Americans About Advance Directives?
http://bit.ly/4aTeO

Aug. 12 • Many In Rural Communities Aren’t Insured and Live Far From Health Providers
http://bit.ly/2iheP

Aug. 5 • How A CEO Bounced French Hospital Back From Bankruptcy’s Brink
http://bit.ly/C3R2m

July 29 • Obesity in a Rural Setting
http://bit.ly/Hi0cL

July 22 • Louisiana Officials Tell Their Stories to Obama Cabinet
http://bit.ly/19Oc9v

July 15 • Town in “Forrest Gump” Thinks Regina Benjamin, MD, Will Bring Home Change
http://bit.ly/4BsbLe

July 8 • ER Docs Will See H1N1 First? Don’t Ignore Their Warnings
http://bit.ly/yln7c

June 24 • Doctor Says New Yorker Used Slanted Stats Against McAllen, TX
http://bit.ly/Y5BTT

June 17 • How Does A Gust of Wind Incapacitate Indian Hospital?
http://bit.ly/pLfQU

June 10 • Rural Ethics in Healthcare. Are they Different? Should They Be?
http://bit.ly/14NB2p

June 3 • Immediate Jeopardy: Words No Hospital Official Wants to Hear
http://bit.ly/DX817

May 20 • Can Telepharmacy Reduce Rural Critical Access Drug Mistakes? Yes.
http://bit.ly/Sn4fa

May 13  • Physician Patient E-mail Can Save Both Time and Cost
http://bit.ly/vAEAF

May 6  • Health in the Heartland; Where Will The Doctors Come From?
http://bit.ly/m6p67

April 29 • Column: What We Don’t Yet Know About Swine Flu That’s Scary
http://bit.ly/8cBGH

April 22  • Column: Where, More or Less, Is The Frontier?
http://bit.ly/2wKdZ

April 15 • Healthcare Comes to the Farm
http://bit.ly/bYBQu