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  1. Why Cultural Competency Matters in Hospitals
    Consider several examples of steps clinicians can take to make sure important information is not lost in translation as our population base continues to grow in diversity.
  2. Want to know what Atul Gawande thinks? Read this interview.
    Healthcare quality and patient safety proponent, Bob Wachter, has been talking with other experts and colleagues in the process of writing his new book, The Digital Doctor.  Dr. Atul Gawande held nothing back in his conversation with Wachter and makes it clear that he believes healthcare is headed in the right direction.
  3. Tavenner Resigns as CMS Chief
    After three years, as chief administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner announced that she will voluntarily leave her position in February.
  4. Study Reinforces Back-to-the-Basics Approach to Infection Control
    A controversial new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association is prompting some hospitals to reconsider expenditures on expensive antimicrobial wipes used to bathe ICU patients as a defense against hospital-acquired infections.