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. There Are No Quick Fixes to Hospital-Acquired Infections
    Upon the release of two new reports by the Centers for Disease Control, patient safety expert Peter Pronovost, MD, provides an overview of where the industry stands in its endeavor to achieve zero infections. Find out why he says a continued focus on leadership, accountability and frontline care are essential to furthering an improving situation.
  2. Governor Details Healthcare Payment Reform Path in Arkansas
    Read a two-article recap of Arkansas’ transformation of its once failing Medicaid program into a program now poised to become the nation’s first public-private, universal payer, value-based healthcare delivery system.
  3. Look Beyond Nurse-Patient Ratios
    Study after study connects more highly educated nurses with better outcomes. Read why researches are saying that education and training is a more sound investment than an across-the-board increase in nursing staff.
  4. ‘Management by Walking Around’ Programs in Hospitals May Do More Harm Than Good
    A new study, conducted in partnership by researchers with Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Business School, has shown that a widely accepted method for addressing issues and soliciting ideas from frontline staff may not be as beneficial when implemented in hospital settings. Learn how easily these programs can backfire when management fails to meet staff expectations generated by these programs.