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Webinar: How Hospitalists Can Lead on Quality

Webinar: How Hospitalists Can Lead on Quality

December 19, 2014

As pressure mounts on hospitals to improve and reduce costs, they have turned to medicine's fastest growing physician specialty - hospital medicine - to improve clinical performance and operational efficiency. How this new role for hospitalists plays out varies according to the type, location and...

Are compounding pharmacies safer now?

Are compounding pharmacies safer now?

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 17, 2014

The indictment of 14 people Wednesday—including two pharmacists on charges of second-degree murder—was the latest in a string of actions taken in response to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounder.

The trail of shorter workweeks traces back to Dr. Jeff Levy in 1987

By Andis Robeznieks  |  December 11, 2014

The legacy of Dr. Jeff Levy and novelist Sidney Zion is evident in two studies on resident work hours in the Dec. 10 issue of JAMA. The studies compare 30-day mortality and readmission rates before and after new restrictions on resident work hours were imposed by the Accreditation Council for...

Devicemakers explore risk contracts with hospitals

Devicemakers explore risk contracts with hospitals

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 06, 2014

Tiptoeing into the broader accountability movement, some of the largest medical-device manufacturers are negotiating experimental deals with hospitals to take on performance-based financial risk for their implants.

Data Points for Dec. 8, 2014

Data Points for Dec. 8, 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 06, 2014

Data Points for the week of Dec. 8, 2014, covered the following topics: health insurance premiums, HIV, readmissions

Kaiser mental-health staffing under fire again

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 04, 2014

Members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers are accusing healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente of understaffing its mental-health services, and they're threatening to strike if their issues aren't resolved. Kaiser accuses the union of sullying the system's reputation for its own organizing...

Pregnant women to get better info from drug labels

By Associated Press  |  December 03, 2014

Pregnant and worried about your medication? The Food and Drug Administration is revamping those confusing labels on prescription drugs to make it easier to understand which are safe to use.

Leapfrog's latest rankings see top hospital list grow by four

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 02, 2014

Ninety-four hospitals made the Leapfrog Group's 2014 top hospital lists, the Washington, D.C.-based group announced Tuesday. This year's total is four more institutions than Leapfrog had on its 2013 list.

Top five gains on HACs

Top five gains on HACs

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 02, 2014

Hospitals made the most progress on central line-associated bloodstream infections as they curbed hospital-acquired conditions by 17% from 2010 to 2013, federal officials say.

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