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Sept. 30, 2009  
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Federal Plan Could Close Some of Louisiana's Charity Hospitals
from The Times
If the federal government approves a plan that gives most people medical insurance, much of Louisiana's charity hospital system could become unnecessary, a state health official says. More

DHHS: Web site Will Allow Public to View Hospital Infection Rates
from Foster's Daily Democrat
As soon as next year, the public will be able to visit a state Web site and compare hospital-related infection rates for various surgical procedures. More

In Need of Psychiatric Care, and Resisting
from The New York Times
The patient showed symptoms of severe depression. She hallucinated, seeing her dead father across her room. Her family was having trouble taking care of her. More

SHCA Online Education presents:

Improving the Patient & Family Experience, Part II: Becoming a Change Agent
Wednesday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. CST

SHCA is hosting a two-part webinar on improving the patient experience that you will not want to miss! Check out the webinar section of the website to find out more and register now. Participants that attend both the September and October sessions will receive a $10 off coupon for In the Name of the Patient and a $5 off coupon for the webinar, Competencies of Patient Advocacy: Defining Advanced Standards of Practice. Each participant will also receive a certificate of completion.

Nurses Asked to Spread Information on Health Care Reform
White House officials and some nursing associations are asking nurses to stay informed and up to date on health care reform so they can give patients educated and responsible answers to questions they may have about the process. More

After a Diagnosis, Someone to Help Point the Way
from The New York Times
When Kathleen Henry's uncle was told he had bladder cancer in May, she knew she needed help. Even though Ms. Henry has a nursing degree, she worried about deciphering treatment options and picking the best hospital for her uncle's care. More

Panel Reviewing Fate of Kan. State Hospitals
from Kansas City Star
A state commission began taking testimony on the possibility of closing one or both of Kansas' two state institutions for the mentally and developmentally disabled.More

Health Care Reform is a Women's Issue
from The New York Times
Michelle Obama gave a powerful speech explaining why health insurance reform is a women's issue. Her arguments were subsequently dramatized by a telling exchange between Sen. John Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, in a Senate Finance Committee meeting. More

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Grady Dialysis Patients May Not Get Care in Other States
from Atlanta Journal Constitution
Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia has plans to send kidney dialysis patients to several other states, where the hospital said they would qualify for care, could leave some patients stranded without adequate treatment. More

AHA Launches FREE Audio Conference Series on Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence

As part of Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence, the American Hospital Association’s initiative to accelerate performance improvement in hospitals and health systems, the AHA has launched a new audioconference series that will highlight the leading strategies and innovations in performance improvement that are being championed today in America's hospitals and health systems. This series of monthly programs, entitled Profiles in Excellence, provides an opportunity to learn about some of the newest and most innovative practices that are driving performance excellence in high-performing hospitals and health systems. From the front lines of patient care to the executive suite, participants will hear directly from innovators and improvers who are driving performance excellence and making improvement happen. The AHA is pleased to provide this series on a complimentary basis to members of At Large.

The series kicks off this fall with a pair of audioconferences that feature the recipients of the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize ®, which honors hospitals and health systems that have committed in a systematic manner to achieving the Institute of Medicine's six quality aims - safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST
2009 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize finalist Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA; and Citation of Merit recipient Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC

Each program will include a presentation about the organization's award-winning initiatives from key executives and leaders, as well as a question-and-answer session. More information on these organizations can be found by visiting the AHA honorees Web site.

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