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Convenient Care
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Experts predict "medical tourism," a seemingly crazy idea for retired bargain hunters, will soon become "globalized healthcare." It won't just be for the adventurous or the uninsured; it will be for everyone. If you're a senior leader at an American-based hospital, the news that global healthcare is becoming more accessible should make you worry.
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  April 25, 2008

Editor's Picks
Senate fast-tracks Medicaid bill
The House voted earlier this week to delay new Medicaid rules that critics say would cost states and healthcare providers billions of dollars. Yesterday, the delay progressed further when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked a procedure that would fast-track the legislation. If approved, the House bill will buy states and providers close to a year of time, making the implementation deadline April 1, 2009. [Read More]
Few U.S. doctors answer e-mails from patients
Here's an example of how international care is more accessible than American: Patient to physician e-mail communication is a basic amenity at hospitals like Bumrungrad in Bangkok. Yet only 31% of American docs e-mailed patients in the first quarter of 2007, according to a recent survey. Want to offer more convenient care? Try checking your inbox. [Read More]
Charity sues RI hospital over free bed donated century ago
The concept of charity care seems simple: Provide the care you promise. But the reality of it is anything but easy. Take this Rhode Island case, where, 100 years ago, a hospital offered "permanent free medical beds" in exchange for donations. Now they're fighting over how to legally deliver that care. [Read More]
Faith in the Hospital
A lot of healthcare organizations struggle to make their mission statements a part of day-to-day operations and strategic planning. Just imagine if that mission statement came from on high. In this month's HealthLeaders magazine, Jim Molpus writes about faith-based systems and the struggle to be competitive and profitable while still meeting goals "set by an authority who does not use dashboards." [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
More emergency rooms open away from hospitals
USA Today - April 25, 2008
Texas nurses consider pros and cons of unionization
Dallas Morning News - April 23, 2008
An unhealthy trend: U.S. has fewer general surgeons
Orlando Sentinel - April 22, 2008
Review urges aggressive MRSA screening for health workers
Washington Post - April 22, 2008
Leader at Los Angeles medical center is out
Los Angeles Times - April 21, 2008
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