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. Pharmacists’ Role in Med Reconciliation Reduces Errors, Improves Accuracy
    Learn more about a recent study that shows how pharmacist-led medication reconciliation initiatives can help prevent medication errors for hospitalized patients and reduce readmission rates.
  2. How a Natural History Museum Inspired Innovation at Miami Children’s
    Read how CIO Ed Martinez’s visit to New York City’s Natural History Museum influenced Miami Children’s “the sky is the limit” approach to updating their already popular in-house Fit4KidsCare application. Find out what patient and family needs can be met using the app — from accessing directions to care settings to ordering meals for delivery to patient rooms.
  3. MU Compliance Announcement Sparks Concern, Confusion
    Were you as confused as most people were by the statements released late last week by CMS regarding the fast-approaching Meaningful Use and ICD-10 deadlines? This article, along with a second piece published online by Healthcare IT News, may further your understanding of the agency’s expectations.
  4. [STUDY] Observation Status Yields Loss for Hospitals 
    A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has shown that patients classified with “observation status” actually cost hospitals more than if they were admitted as inpatients. The study, which was conducted at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, was initiated to better define the two hospitalization categories.