mednews-logo.300We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Here’s 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. When the Hospital Fires the Bullet
    Security experts say that “working in health care settings requires a different mind-set.” Here’s why.
  2. Readmissions, Observation, and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
    Some analysts have worried that recent reductions in readmissions rates at some facilities are being achieved by placing returning patients in observation units instead of readmitting them in order to avoid Medicare penalties. Read a study just published in The New England Journal of Medicine that suggests otherwise.
  3. Why Brigham and Women’s Hospital put medical errors in blog form
    Several months have passed since Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital launched it’s Safety Matters blog, which journals, for the public, real-life medical errors that happen in their facility. Find out how managers decide what stories to share and what benefit they believe this sort of unprecedented transparency will bring to the organization.
  4. The Side Effects of a Better-Informed Patient
    When offered the option of elective surgery, patients don’t always have all of the information they need to make a decision that preserves their best interests. While it may impact volume, being more forthcoming with patients may be a more prudent practice where healthcare organizations and patients are concerned.
  5. University of Chicago Medical Center’s antibiotic stewardship efforts include patient outreach
    Research shows that strong antibiotic stewardship programs can help organizations significantly reduce readmissions due to infection. Consider some of the strategies used at University of Chicago Medical Center ranging from social media messaging to issuing patients provisional prescriptions when deemed appropriate.
  6. Medicare and Insurance Industry Officials Agree on Quality Metrics
    Together, many public and private health insurance providers have taken a step toward doing just what healthcare professionals nationwide have been begging them to do  – simplify the reporting process for clinicians. Learn under which seven categories newly announced core measures will fall.
  7. Top 10 sentinel events in 2015
    For the second year in a row, the most common sentinel event was “unintended retention of a foreign body.” See what other serious events landed in 2015’s top ten.