Daily roundup: Sept. 25, 2012

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news.

  • Georgia: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta since 2006 has reduced bloodstream infections by 77% and saved $27 million through a hospital-wide campaign. The campaign includes central-line insertion and maintenance checklists, daily talks between physicians and staff to assess line removal, and standardized dressing change kits (Watson, Hospital & Health Networks Daily, 9/20).

  • Pennsylvania: Geisinger Health System's operating margins decreased by $26.6 million from fiscal year (FY) 2011 to FY 2012, in part because of its mergers with Community Medical Center and Shamokin Area Community Hospital. The company last week announced 1.5% less return on revenue compared to FY 2011. With the addition of two hospitals, Geisinger took on more expenses through Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, which pays less than the cost of services (AP/Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice, 9/22).

  • Pennsylvania: Mercy Suburban Hospital—part of the Mercy Health System—next month will open a new ambulatory-care facility in Philadelphia's Plymouth Meeting Mall. A public grand opening is planned for Oct. 20 (George, Philadelphia Business Journal, 9/21).

  • Washington: The Washington State Medical Association last week launched a patient education campaign—Know Your Choices-Ask Your Doctor—that encourages patients to discuss end-of-life care options, using the ED for emergencies only, and necessary medical treatments. The campaign was launched through the American Board of Internal Medicine's Choosing Wisely campaign (Barr, Modern Physician, 9/21 [subscription required]).

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