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June 1, 2012

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  • What do the CMS rules mean to you?

    April and May were busy months for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which issued several proposed and final rules that will affect hospitals and other healthcare organizations for years to come.
  • ICD-10 delayed another year

    Although many hospitals worked hard to be ready for the implementation of ICD-10 coding to replace the decades-old ICD-9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed final implementation until Oct. 1, 2013.
  • Skinny is good for management, too

    When the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) named Patricia Gabow, MD, CEO of the Denver Health and Hospital Authority, one of the winners of its National Quality Awards, it didn't shock the people she works with.
  • Health system builds on success with Lean

    In its sixth year as a Lean organization, MemorialCare in Southern California refers to Lean as its management system, not a quality improvement method, says Diana Hendel, Pharm.D., CEO of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's Hospital and Community Hospital both also of Long Beach.
  • Looking for a few good people

    Sometimes, you need someone to lead a project. Sometimes, it's easy. But what about those times when you just can't find someone to take the helm? Helen Macfie, Pharm.D., senior vice president of performance improvement at the six-hospital MemorialCare Health System in Southern California thinks she's got it figured out. She has a top 10 list that might help others, too.
  • Program inspires fall prevention project

    It was a summer of crime in Washington, DC, and area police agencies collaborated to implement a crime prevention program called All Hands On Deck. Washington Hospital Center was having a problem with falls. Would a program based on the idea of putting everyone to work to prevent falls help keep patients safe?
  • A new way to figure out what went wrong

    Most organizations that are looking for what went wrong after an error are familiar with the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) method.
  • Gown use for isolation remains a judgment call

    The question of gown use when entering patient isolation rooms is a recurrent one, so it is worth noting that this is the current thinking of The Joint Commission on the subject:
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