• Top Five Most Expensive Conditions Treated in U.S. Hospitals

    • April 17, 2014
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    Costs associated with inpatient stays constitute the largest single component of health care spending. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data show hospital costs by payer for the five most expensive inpatient conditions.

    Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). December 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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  • Op-Ed: Are Medical Schools Teaching Docs How to Deal with Death?

    • April 11, 2014
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    In this age of technological wizardry, doctors have been taught that they must do everything possible to stave off death. We refuse to wait passively for a last breath, and instead pump air into dying bodies in our own ritual of life-prolongation. Like a midwife slapping life into a newborn baby, doctors now try to punch death out of a dying patient. There is neither acknowledgement of nor preparation for this vital existential moment, which arrives, often unexpected, always unaccepted, in a flurry of panicked activity and distress.

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  • Visit EMS’ Booth at the Philly Startup Leaders ‘2014 Entrepreneur Expo’


    Medical simulation has evolved from an educational afterthought to a clinical learning necessity. And in the new healthcare landscape, it’s become even more relevant for its ability to impact what we call the BIG 3 – safety, quality, and cost. Learn more tonight at Philadelphia's 23rd Street Armory.

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  • Emergency Transport Could Be Improved Through Geography Research


    University of Cincinnati research is offering hospitals and trauma centers a unique, accurate and scientific approach to making decisions about transporting critical-care patients by air or by ambulance. A presentation this week at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Tampa, Fla., highlights the research of Michael Widener, a UC assistant professor of geography, along with Zac Ginsberg, MD, Maryland Shock Trauma Center; Samuel Galvagno Jr., assistant professor, Divisions of Trauma Anesthesiology and Adult Critical Care Medicine, Maryland Shock Trauma Center; and Daniel Schlieth, a UC graduate student.

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  • One-Fifth of Patients Deemed Well Enough to Leave the Hospital Re-Admitted Within 30 Days


    Insurers and third-party payers have begun penalizing health care systems for these quick re-admissions; and hospitals, in response, have begun significant efforts to improve the transition from hospital to home, creating clinics that remain open beyond usual working hours and marshaling teams of care coordinators, post-discharge pharmacists and “care transition coaches.”

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  • Emergency Room Docs Often Misdiagnose Strokes in Younger Patients


    A study from Johns Hopkins University suggests that ER doctors may be up to 30 percent more likely to overlook signs of stroke in women and minorities. And for patients under 45, the odds are much greater than for those who are older.

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  • Op-Ed: Should Med Schools Graduate New Doctors Cheaper and Faster?


    The World Health Organization says we need 15 percent more doctors. In the United States, the American Association of Medical Colleges estimates the current deficit at almost 60,000 and forecasts a worrisome 130,600-doctor shortfall by 2025. There’s one simple solution: We have to consider ways to manufacture doctors faster and cheaper.

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  • Continue the discussion! April webinar.


    If you were not able to get your question in during the live event, feel free to post it here for a response from the presenter.

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  • Visit the EMS booth at AACOM 2014!


    Supplement your learners' training program with SIMULATIONiQ CaseMaster, a "unique" and smart new platform for learners to achieve mastery through deliberate practice, guided prompts, and immediate debrief.

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  • Officials Aim to Boost Healthcare Professionals’ Hand Hygiene Compliance


    Improving hand hygiene compliance by healthcare professionals is no easy task, but a first-of-its-kind Canadian study by researchers at Women's College Hospital shows simply asking patients to audit their healthcare professional is yielding high marks. The study, published in the April edition of the American Journal of Infection Control, details the findings of an 11-month pilot project looking at an alternative method of hand hygiene auditing using the patient-as-observer approach. In this method, patients observe and record hand hygiene compliance of their healthcare providers via a survey distributed before their interaction with their healthcare provider. It is believed Women's College Hospital is the first Canadian outpatient hospital using this method.

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