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. Hire Care Coordinators Strategically
    A care coordinator who meets every criterion of the perfect candidate could no doubt qualify for superhero, or, at the very least, “super-staffer,” status. Discover why some hospitals are transitioning from a care coordination employment process, which focuses on an individual, to an approach that involves hiring a diverse team of staffers with skills that compliment each other.
  2. Medicare Releases Billing Records: 10 Quick Observations
    The number one recipient of Medicare dollars for 2012, a vitreoretinal retinal specialist in West Palm Beach, Fla., apparently received $20.8 million in Medicare Part B reimbursement. Find out what additional takeaways people have deemed telling, upon first glance, as they have begun to explore the physician billing data released last week by CMS.
  3. Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Protecting Patients by Building in Reliability
    IHI faculty member, Kathy Duncan discusses why providing the right care 100% of the time for 100% percent of patients is critical when it comes to preventing pressure ulcers. Also, learn about an upcoming IHI Expedition that will focus on proven prevention strategies.
  4. DeSalvo Sets Her Sights on Big Data
    In a keynote address given on Capitol Hill last week, ONC chief, Karen DeSalvo expressed her excitement at the prospect of moving from a focus on the capture of data to interoperability and the utilization of big data including patient-generated information.
  5. Reduce Readmissions by Activating Patients to Do ‘Self-Care’
    Read more about research that suggests that a new tool could help physicians successfully predict how likely their patients are to follow “doctors’ orders” and ultimately reduce readmissions.