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The Top 10 Executive Healthcare Stories of 2012

Now that the presidential election is over and healthcare executives and professionals are settling down and dealing with the Affordable Care Act, HealthExecNews is taking a look back at the stories that grabbed your attention. Here are “The Top 10 Executive Healthcare Stories of 2012.”

  1. The 25 most beautiful hospitals in the world
    Hospital architecture and designs have transformed over time,  from the once sterile white walls and stark decor to vibrant colors and eye-catching materials on the interior and exterior. The elements in today’s best designs have been proven to improve patient care.
  2. The 25 best hospitals to work for in the U.S.
    There are nearly 6,000 registered hospitals in the United States that rely on dedicated medical professionals and staff to provide patient care on a daily basis. These facilities often serve as second homes for employees and offer great benefits  to keep staff motivated and working in an environment that fuels their passion for helping patients stay healthy.
  3. The 10 greatest medical inventions of the past 50 years
    In order to bring the most important medical inventions into the spotlight, HealthExecNews has put together an infographic highlighting The 10 Greatest Medical Inventions of the Last 50 Years. The medical inventions that made our list range from life-saving drugs, like Highly Active Anti-retroviral Therapy (HAART) – which combines three different medications to fight HIV/AIDS – to the artificial heart developed by Dr. Robert Jarvik, which has been saving lives since the early 1980’s.
  4. The 12 Most Debilitating Diseases
    Debilitating diseases come in many shapes and forms – from those that attack the muscles in our body and affect our physical abilities to those that affect our brain function and impair our thought processes. People with debilitating diseases face a number of challenges that take an extensive toll on their health and finances. A person’s life can be completely changed in just a few short months as the disease progresses. Here’s a list of debilitating diseases that significantly change the lives of millions of people.
  5. East vs. West medicine
    The main concern for healthcare executives and care providers all over the world has always been the quality of patient care, and that is still true today. Depending on location, however, the methods used to provide that quality care can vary quite a bit. While the methods of Western medicine concentrate on a scientific and technology-based approach to testing and diagnosis with an emphasis on medications for symptom relief, Eastern medicine takes a different, more holistic approach, using herbal remedies and acupuncture to relieve patients of their symptoms.
  6. Patient experience: New buzzword or top-priority for hospitals?
    As a hospital executive, you’ve probably heard the words “patient experience” so much over the past few years that it’s now a regular part of your everyday vocabulary. So you know the push for improving patient experiences isn’t just a passing fad, but rather a hospital priority that’s being tied to performance reviews and bonuses. But how are U.S. hospitals doing when it comes to improving patient experience?
  7. Leapfrog announces 2012 top hospitals
    There are many hospital executives who aren’t happy right now with The Leapfrog Group, because their hospitals got bad grades on Leapfrog’s “Hospital Safety Scores.” However, there are a lot of hospital executives who are thrilled to be on Leapfrog’s latest list: 2012 Top Hospitals.
  8. Medicare fraud scheme: Nurse gets jail time for signing false claims
    Anthony Parkman, a Detroit-area registered nurse, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. Now he will spend 30 months in jail for his part in a nearly $13.8 million Medicare fraud scheme.
  9. ‘Hospital Safety Scores’ updated: What’s your grade?
    Kids who don’t get good grades in school probably aren’t very excited at report card time. The same holds true for hospitals now that the “Hospital Safety Scores” have been updated. When they were originally introduced back in June, hospitals that received grades of “Ds” and “Fs” weren’t identified — no such luck this time.
  10. Heart surgeon at major hospital inadvertently infects 5 patients
    As a hospital executive, you know your physicians, nurses and other medical professionals take every possible precaution to protect their patients from contracting any kind of hospital acquired infection. But humans beings aren’t perfect and equipment is fallible, and sometimes things just go wrong, like they did at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.


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