August 10, 2012
By Adam Mingal*
California Reports Decrease in Healthcare-Acquired Infections
California HealthCare Foundation (8/9) reports that "California hospitals registered a 10-percent decrease last year in a deadly kind of health care-acquired infection that can strike critically ill patients who must be fed or medicated with catheters, according to a new report released . . . by the state Department of Public Health."
Hospitals Can Boost Economic Development
The Colorado Springs Gazette (8/4) reports that "[t]he proposed lease of Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Hospital would inevitably lead to economic development [in Colorado]."
Study Suggests Demographics Correlate With Tech Use
The Hospitalist (August 2012) reports that "[y]ounger, male doctors who have privileges at a teaching hospital were better predictors of the use of various technologies during the previous six months than were practice-based characteristics, such as specialty, setting, years in practice, or number of patients treated."
Two Massachusetts Hospitals Consider Affiliation
The Boston Globe (8/3) reports that "[t]rustees at Signature Healthcare . . . have decided to open exclusive talks with Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center about a clinical affiliation, a move that would result in Signature dropping its two-year-old partnership with Tufts Medical Center."
*We would like to thank Adam Mingal, Esquire (Washington, DC), for providing this week's update.
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