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Docs make 12 million outpatient diagnostic errors every year

As hospitals focus more on quality measures and lowering readmissions, they also look to cut back on diagnostic errors, which occur in about 5 percent of U.S. adults, accumulating in as many as 12 million outpatient diagnostic errors each year, according to a study published in the BMJ Quality & Safety.

Hospital infections 'unacceptable and avoidable'

Hospitals must do a better job of enforcing hand-washing rules, especially for nurses, to counter "unacceptable and avoidable" hospital infection rates, according to new guidance from the U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Census survey changes could hide ACA effects

The Census Bureau plans to change its annual survey so drastically that it may be difficult to determine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, reports the New York Times.

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AHA supports NQF's proposed quality measure recommendations

The American Hospital Association asked the National Quality Forum (NQF) to implement recommendations to risk adjust quality measures to account for sociodemographic factors such as Medicaid status, income, education and homelessness in a letter this week.

NH to appeal hospital tax ruling

New Hampshire's attorney general will appeal a judge's ruling that the state's hospital tax, which brings in $185 million a year, is unconstitutional to the state Supreme Court, Boston.com reported.

Area hospitals prep for Boston Marathon one year after deadly bombing

One year after the tragic and deadly bombing, Boston hospitals are prepping for the Boston Marathon, including staffing extra workers, implementing new notification and chain of command procedures, and sending medical worker volunteers to the race itself, WBUR, Boston's NPR news station, reported.

Nurses play a growing role in research

Although nurses are known for their work as caregivers, educators and hospital unit administrators, the role they play in research is often not recognized, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Hospital setting triggers worker drug abuse, theft

More than 100,000 medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, medical technicians and aides, either abuse prescription drugs or are addicted to them, according to USA Today.

Americans with diabetes reach 21 million

About 21 million American adults had diabetes as of 2010, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The findings could impact hospitals' newly prioritized battle for population health.

SC Supreme Court upholds state regulation of hospital expansions; Special nursing care reduced CRBSIs in outpatient settings;

News From Around the Web > The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Monday that Republican Gov. Nikki Haley's veto can't eradicate the state's certificate-of-need law, which regulates...

How to successfully engage healthcare employees

Good employers and leaders will create and foster more engaged employees, which help make organizations more productive and successful, according to a Gallup article. 

CMS proposes new fire safety regs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released new proposed fire safety standards for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital will merge

Two hospitals in the northeast will join forces in hopes of bringing the region lower-cost medical services, the latest of several  mergers in the area, the Boston Globe reported

Sebelius decided to leave post after 2012 election

Departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged Sunday in a televised interview that the timeline for rolling out HealthCare.gov was wrong and the technical glitches that plagued the website were the lowest point of her five-year tenure.

Engaged care delivery team key to 'branding' hospitals

Building a brand is essential for any hospital or healthcare system to attract and retain new patients, as well as top physicians during an era of consolidations, mergers and closures, according to a blog post on Nursescount.com.

Report: Expanding nursing assistant responsibilities could save $400M

Public hospitals could save almost $430 million a year by expanding responsibilities for nursing assistants, allied health assistants and registered nurses, according to a new report from the Grattan Institute.

Experienced nurses shorten length of stay, improve patient outcomes

More experienced nurses deliver better patient care and shorten length of stay, according to an study published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

President Obama nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell as new HHS secretary

President Barack Obama this morning nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.