When the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a request for public comments for an updated National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination, it brought with it some happy news. Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in the United States are down.

Read more: Stop the Spread

It’s 10:00 a.m. on a weekday morning in the obstetrics department of your hospital, and there are 20 discharges that need to be completed. Some patients are awaiting discharge orders, others are waiting for baby photos or birth certificates, and some are waiting for their loved ones to give them a ride home.

Read more: The Baby Census

Already picked the low-hanging fruit in your supply chain? Our experts tell you how to shake the tree. By now, most hospitals have already taken a first pass at cutting supply costs—joining group purchasing organizations, forming value assessment teams, and standardizing commodities. But there is still work to be done, say supply chain experts. 

Read more: Supply Chain Top Ten

Authors Jamie and Maren Showkeir talk about changing healthcare’s culture— one conversation at a time. Healthcare is rooted in a noble purpose: healing the sick, promoting healthy lifestyles, and relieving human suffering. Even so, it operates in an increasingly difficult and demanding marketplace and must deal with the same organizing, managing, and structuring issues as any other business. 

Read more: The Point of the Spear

In April, the world was enthralled by news of influenza H1N1, the new “swine flu” strain that quickly spread through Mexico and the world. With this latest threat of a pandemic, hospital leaders no doubt asked the question that has haunted them since September 11, 2001: are we prepared?

Read more: Big Plans

Many hospitals see a silver lining in the economic storm clouds: forming beneficial relationships with other healthcare entities. Like many hospitals, nonprofit Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Penn. lost revenue from surgeries as an ambulatory surgery center opened up nearby three years ago and took a bite out of its business.

Read more: Joint Effort

We’ve got great advice on getting the most bang for your buck when planning patient-friendly design projects. During the building boom of the past decade, hospitals incorporated patient-friendly features, such as single-patient rooms, noise control, and access to nature and sunlight, into construction projects. But as new projects dwindle and hospitals hunker down for tougher economic times, will patient-friendly design elements continue to be used?

Read more: Worth the Price

Our communications expert reveals the secrets to success for nonprofits facing greater transparency on IRS Form 990. During the next three years, changes to Internal Revenue Service Form 990 reporting requirements for nonprofit hospitals and healthcare systems will result in greater transparency—and greater confusion.

Read more: Details, Details

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