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Recall management poor at hospitals

By Jaimy Lee  |  November 22, 2014

As the number of medical-device recalls has rapidly increased, so has the complexity of the recalls. That is raising questions about safety and risks for hospitals that mostly still track and locate faulty products manually.

Guest Commentary: Protecting our healthcare workers now

By Dr. David Nash, Janine Jagger and Amber Hogan Mitchell  |  November 21, 2014

In response to the immediate danger of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued tightened guidance for personal protective equipment and related protocols. Its guidance addresses the specific risks of a single pathogen, but is only one precautionary step in the larger context of...

Heart docs say better care is slowed by bad metrics

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 18, 2014

New penalties for hospital readmissions and other poor outcomes are drawing the attention of leading cardiac physicians and researchers to a need for better ways to measure the quality of heart care delivered in the U.S.

Big-city hospitals more likely to face readmission penalties

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 17, 2014

Hospitals in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Newark, N.J., and Philadelphia saw the highest average Medicare readmission penalties over the past two reporting periods, according to researchers studying the impact of the program on urban institutions.

Clinical trial presented to AHA may affect cardiac treatments

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 15, 2014

A handful of late-breaking clinical trials to be presented this week during the American Heart Association's annual scientific session in Chicago could significantly change the way cardiac patients are treated.

Cleveland Clinic's Dr. James Merlino on the role of the CXO

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 15, 2014

Since 2009, Dr. James Merlino has been the chief experience officer at the Cleveland Clinic, which was among the first healthcare organizations to create a CXO role. He will leave that position this year to join performance improvement firm Press Ganey. He is also the author of a new book called...

Are Joint Commission 'Top Performers' enjoying grade inflation?

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 14, 2014

As more than 1,200 U.S. hospitals celebrate their designation as a “Top Performer” from the nation's leading hospital accreditation body, some critics say the recognition does not necessarily provide an accurate picture of quality among the nation's healthcare providers.

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