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- Understand your medical staff bylaws
Medical staffs are discovering their governance documents are inadequate for today’s care environment. These trusted documents may now fail to provide clear guidance, be noncompliant with accreditation standards, or create liability for the hospital. However, a full bylaws review is time-consuming and futile without a clear understanding of the revision process or the purpose behind the bylaws.
- Number of uninsured Americans drops 3.8 million
According to the National Health Interview Survey, the number of Americans without health insurance fell by 3.8 million during the first quarter of the year, which represented an 8 percent decrease. Approximately 41 million people remain uninsured.
- Study: Hospitals waste millions on unnecessary antibiotics
A joint study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Premier, Inc., found that redundant and unnecessary use of antibiotics may have cost U.S. hospitals $163 million, as well as increase risks to patient safety.
- Study: Physicians feel overextended, think more should be trained
In a survey of more than 20,000 physicians, the majority reported feeling overextended and hoped that steps would be taken to address the physician shortage.
- Heard this week
“Usability should be the driving quality of all health IT. Unless health IT functions in a way that makes our practices more efficient and facilitates improvements in our patient care, it isn’t doing what it was intended to do.”Robert W. Wah, MD, president of the American Medical Association, calls for an EHR overhaul in a post on The Health Care Blog.
- Editor's Note
Dear readers,Electronic health records (EHR) continue to be a hot topic in the news. It seems like everyone has their own ideas of how to improve them—see the blog post I quoted in “Heard this week.”I really like some of the ideas found in this piece posted on KevinMD.com. In it, Val Jones, MD, suggests adopting features from social media platforms to improve EHRs. It’s a fun read so if you have a few free minutes, check it out.Thanks for reading!
Son Hoang, editor, Medical Staff Leader Insider
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