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. Anatomy of a Readmissions Master Plan
    Memorial Hermann made a commitment 10 years ago to identify and close care continuum gaps that were fueling a staggering readmission rate within a largely uninsured population. Read what they did to improve communication across their system, encourage accountability and follow-through as well as strengthen its base of human and IT resources.
  2. 10 Things to Know About the Two-Midnight Rule
    For healthcare organizations trying to decipher implications of the new two-midnight rule issued by CMS, here are 10 points to keep in mind regarding issues including: inpatient vs. outpatient status, MACs, RACs and the importance of physician documentation.
  3. The Brutal View from Medicine’s Front Lines
    This Forbes contributor poses some big questions regarding the obstacles preventing real change across our healthcare system. How can we expect innovation when “revenue capture” remains high priority for providers who seem to be “locked in a deadly battle with payors”?
  4. How Do Hospitals Build a Culture of Quality?
    Professor, physician and healthcare blogger, Ashish Jha, MD,MPH, believes a facility-wide commitment to “getting better” is the primary trait that distinguishes hospitals that continually deliver excellent outcomes and patient experiences from those that do not. Read this patient safety leader’s latest commentary and access his blog, An Ounce of Evidence, here.