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  1. As Care Shifts From Hospital To Home, Guarding Against Infection Falls To Families
    Research shows that bloodstream infections associated with central lines are largely preventable. While prevention of such infections is tough enough in the hospital, it’s even harder when families haven’t received adequate training before taking patients home to heal. Kaiser Health News
  2. I’m the perfect person to price shop for an operation. But the process went terribly
    Trace this Massachusetts dad/physician/researcher’s steps necessitated by a high-deductible health plan and taken to determine the most cost-efficient surgery option for his daughter. Spoiler alert: It’s a good thing he had the professional background that he has as well as plenty of time on his hands to attempt this feat.  STAT
  3. A safe space is needed to talk about medical errors
    A pediatric resident makes an honest but dangerous mistake, learns a hard lesson about how clinicians are treated by their peers when errors happen, and pleas for ongoing opportunity to talk about incidents like hers.  KevinMD.com
  4. Providers and payers both win when they share population health data
    When providers partner with payers, they can gain access to otherwise unaffordable technology that helps them detect cost-driving trends and design interventions for treating at-risk patients. On the flip side,  payers save money when risk is managed efficiently.  Healthcare Finance
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