Weekly review: Healthgrades names the nation's 'Best Hospitals' for 2016

Key news from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26

Missed a day of the Daily Briefing? Here's a quick roundup of top stories and research highlights from last week's issues.

One hospital's secret weapon for combating hospital-acquired infections: shadowing housekeepers (Feb. 22)
Hospitals in New York are recruiting everybody from surgeons to the housekeeping staff to lower the rates of hospital-acquired infections, Corinne Ramey writes in the Wall Street Journal.

The freestanding ED could disrupt health care. Here's why that could be a good thing. (Feb. 22)
Health care leaders and policymakers should consider four ways that freestanding EDs could "disrupt health care delivery in a way that better serves patients," three emergency medicine doctors write in NEJM Catalyst.

Cleveland Clinic: Here's how you build a globally integrated health system (Feb. 23)
The idea of globally integrated health systems has long been "a pipe dream"—but no longer, the Cleveland Clinic's chief of international business development writes in Modern Healthcare.

Healthgrades names the nation's 'Best Hospitals' for 2016 (Feb. 24)
Healthgrades
released its 10th annual list of "America's Best Hospitals" this week, recognizing the country's top hospitals as determined by their performance across common conditions and procedures.

The interoperability and precision medicine landscape just changed. Here's what you need to know. (Feb. 25)
As part of the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative Summit on Thursday, The Advisory Board Company and more than 40 other private-sector organizations laid out their commitments to advance precision medicine.

Study: The drop in readmissions isn't because of more observation stays. It's real. (Feb. 26)
HHS
researchers say that their study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that the Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program is "working."


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