mednews-logo.300We 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. Readmission Responsibility Extends Beyond Hospitals
    Just as hospitals are beginning to feel the financial sting of CMS penalties tied to readmission rates, a new study suggests that at least partial blame for readmissions, in many situations,  should be assigned to sources or conditions that exist outside of hospitals’ control.
  2. Most Surgical Readmissions Caused by Common Complications
    Explore the findings of a new study investigating the reasons that patients are readmitted to the hospital following surgical procedures and what this information means in the race to reduce readmissions.
  3. The Interoperability Roadmap
    Access the ONC’s just released draft of Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and discover how it aligns with recent adjustments made by CMS to its Meaningful Use program.
  4. Patient ‘Passports’ Make Sure People With Complex Cases Are Heard
    Learn how some hospitals are bridging the doctor-patient communication gap through the use of patient passports which are not only designed to house essential information like current prescription medications and diagnoses but allow patients to offer their personal concerns and quality-of-life expectations as well.
  5. Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Jan 30, 2015)
    This author believes the stakes are simply too high to play the waiting game when it comes to technologies that may or may not eventually transform patient safety. Consider four examples of ways we might be able to “get smarter” and save lives now.
  6. How Patients Can Be Medical Educators
    Patient safety advocate, “e-Patient Dave” is leading grand rounds at the Mayo Clinic this spring. Find out why Mayo doctors chose him as their “guest voice” of patient engagement and empowerment
  7. Leape Institute Shines Gleaming Light on Significance of Transparency
    The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute released a report following two roundtable discussions between stakeholders regarding the impact of transparency on patient safety.