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. Physician: ‘I Almost Killed a Patient’ Because of an Advance Directive
    Patients, clinicians and other decision-makers all need to get on the same page when it comes to interpreting advance directive documents. Learn how nationwide standardization could prevent misinterpretations that too often tend to lead doctors to withdraw care from patients with treatable conditions or have the potential to leave patients with faulty assumptions about end-of-life care. Download a detailed Checklist Poster that facilitates a pause when such documents are presented to clinicians by patients or families.
  2. 10 Free (Or Very Inexpensive) Ways to Engage Staff 
    While critics may label “engagement” as just another industry buzzword, Quint Studer, founder of the Studer Group, explains exactly what it looks like within a staff and how it not only can raise your hospital’s “greatness” factor but also its safety score.
  3. CMS’ 2015 IPPS Proposed Rule: 10 Points to Know
    The 60-day comment period for CMS’ proposed rule for the 2015 Medicare inpatient prospective payment system began on April 30. Read over these key must-know points extracted from the 1,688-page agency proposal by Becker’s Hospital Review.
  4. When a “Health System” is Defined by Data, Not by Buildings: North Shore-LIJ’s Interoperability Investment
    John Bosco, Chief Information Officer, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, offers a progress report since his organization’s decision to invest about $25 million in the development of a system-wide platform for the seamless sharing of data. Learn how the system plans to transition from its initial focus on creating a comprehensive patient record for every patient to a concentration on long-term goals like the generation of real-time analytics and clinical event notifications that will provide physicians with essential information.