FDA will do best to alleviate IV saline shortage; Boston hospital aims to anticipate alarm warnings;

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> Hospitals that implemented a national quality improvement initiative geared toward getting clot-busting medication to strokes patients faster lowered mortality rates and intracranial bleeding, and increased the percentage of patients discharged directly home, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Study

> The Food and Drug Administration can't force manufacturers to make more saline, but it will do everything it can to help alleviate the IV saline shortage and increase supplies in the marketplace, the organization wrote in a letter to the American Hospital Association. Letter (.pdf)

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> Physician compensation stayed mostly stagnant and even declined for some specialties over the past year, trends that could reflect early changes in reimbursement related to the Affordable Care Act, according to Medscape's 2014 Physician Compensation Report. Article

> For physicians, good body language conveys a lot more than friendliness--it can play a role in whether a doctor gets sued, according to research conducted by a Stanford University professor. Article

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> Boston Children's Hospital is using predictive analytics to develop a data system that will forecast changes in patients' conditions before their beside alarms go off, helping them predict the risks the sickest children face, according to a Boston Globe report. Article

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