This August e-bulletin highlights 10 hot-button Leadership articles that struck a chord with our C-suite audience. These articles have seen the most traffic on our website during the past year.

#1 Most Read  

Unclogging Patient Flow in the ED and Beyond  

A sampling of breakthrough patient flow practices are highlighted in this article and accompanying infographic. More than 20 practices from progressive organizations are described?from frequent user programs to centralized bed management.

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Eliminating Waste Without Harming Quality  

When Northeast Health set out to reduce blood transfusions among critical care patients, the primary goal was to improve patient care. However, in reducing blood use, the Troy, N.Y., health system also saved more than $400,000 a year on the cost of red blood cells alone. That is the kind of result that the Institute for Healthcare Improvement wants to see from its Impacting Cost + Quality initiative, a learning collaborative designed to help health systems save money while also improving quality.

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Coordinating Care Across Sites
Progressive hospitals and health systems are systematically coordinating patients' care outside their own walls by testing new approaches, partnerships, and technologies. This feature includes case studies from four organizations: Bassett Medical Center, Norton Healthcare, the Primary Care Information Project, and Genesis HealthCare.

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Children's Hospital Boston Cuts Asthma ED Visits by 64 Percent  

When you think about the important responsibilities of a nurse case manager, integrated pest management probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But for nurse case managers in the Community Asthma Initiative at Children's Hospital Boston, visiting the homes of inner-city children with asthma and educating their parents on ways to prevent mice and other pests from triggering asthma attacks is a crucial part of the job.

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Case Study: Creating Best Care  

For Baylor Health Care System, an integrated delivery system in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, establishing an accountable care organization is the next step toward a transformation that began more than a decade ago.

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Nursing Homes and Hospitals INTERACT to Reduce Readmissions  

Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center has seen its hospitalization rate fall by more than 75 percent since it adopted Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT), a quality improvement program that is successfully reducing avoidable nursing home-to-hospital transfers.

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Pursuing Disruptive Innovation at Rust Medical Center  

"We're trying to come up with completely different ways of doing things," says Doug Johnson, director of innovation for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. "We're looking for disruptive innovation, something that's huge-40 percent to 50 percent improvement."

#8 Most Read  

Using Business Intelligence Intelligently  

Denver Health, Mercy Hospital St. Louis, and other health systems are turning data into useful information in surprising new ways. By combining data from a myriad of sources, analyzing it to inform specific processes, and presenting it in easy-to-understand formats, they are improving efficiency, lowering costs, and saving lives.

#9 Most Read  

Medication Handoffs: Mending the Gaps  

For the most part, leading providers are focusing on two serious and expensive medication problems: a high rate of medication errors in hospitals and poor compliance with medication orders after patients are discharged.

Five Runner-Ups  

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