mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Berwick Names 11 Monsters Facing Hospital Industry Dr. Don Berwick, former acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, implored attendees at the American Hospital Association’s recent Leadership Summit to face problems looming over the healthcare industry head-on and without fear.  Acknowledging that the industry has clearly come a long way, Berwick warned of the teeth-gnashing monsters fueled by greed, ignorance, excess, overutilization and waste that we have to come together to slay.
  2. Slow Ideas: Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t? “Every change requires effort, and the decision to make that effort is a social process.”  Using the examples of anesthesia and antisepsis, Dr. Atul Gawande offers fascinating incite as to why some healthcare innovations spread like wildfire while others creep into acceptance over years and even decades.  Learn why he believes communication of new ideas must always incorporate a human component or “touch” in order to realize success.
  3. IHI Updates 4 How-to Guides for Improving Transitions of Care The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released data last week suggesting that approximately one-third of hospitals in the United States will soon be financially penalized for having failed to lower unacceptable readmission rates. To encourage innovation in addressing this challenge, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has published updated versions of four How-to Guides aimed at improving transitions in care.
  4. 4 Reasons to Ban Social Media in Your Hospital Don’t let the headline fool you.  Your hospital’s ban on social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn just might be relaying the wrong message to your organization’s employees, patients and the greater community.
  5. 3 New Places You’ll Find Healthcare As consumers become more in tune than ever with the concept of wellness, the availability of reliable healthcare advice between visits to the doctor is in high demand.  What venues might be in line and best-suited to deliver what today’s health-conscious patients want?