Hospitals choose convenient EHRs; Tips for healthy nurse-doc relationships;

News From Around the Web

> Three NorthShore University HealthSystem hospitals slashed bloodstream infections by half after forgoing the traditional technique used at most hospitals. Instead, they used a tiny alcohol-soaked cap on central line hubs, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Abstract

> House Democrats have added two doctors to their caucus, while Republicans have nearly 20 doctors in theirs, according to The Wall Street Journal blog. Blog Post

> The California Nurses Association will affiliate with the National Union of Healthcare Workers to fight major health systems over nurse-to-patient ratios, wages, benefits and other patient care and contract protections, the former announced yesterday. Announcement

Provider News

> Increased off-hours contact is among several tips on how to ensure the nurse-doctor relationship remains healthy and productive. Blog Post

> Hospitals opt for convenience when they choose a patient portal to go with their electronic health record systems, according to a new study by KLAS Research. Article

Health Insurance News

> WellPoint will cover virtual doctor visits in all of its employer and individual plans. Article

> After receiving negative feedback from providers, Highmark delayed plans to require pre-authorization process for certain therapy and chiropractic services. Article

And Finally… Poor turtles. Article