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Hospital Construction:
Delayed Not Dead

Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

We are already seeing some signs of how the credit crisis and economic downturn is impacting the healthcare industry?hospitals are laying off staff and cutting money-losing service lines. But the healthcare building boom is not dead?just postponed.
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  October 10, 2008

Editor's Picks
Turnover at the top
CEO turnover is at a record high, according to a report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. This year, 1,132 CEOs have left their position, which is the highest nine-month total since the firm began keeping track in 1999. And, perhaps not surprisingly, the healthcare sector has the highest rates of CEO turnover with 206 departures. [Read More]
Here to stay
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the four permanent recovery audit contractors. This story discusses why the four were chosen and offers advice on how CEOs can prepare their organization for Medicare's permanent RAC program. [Read More]
Should we pay people to go to the doctor?
People with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease cost the healthcare system a lot of money—especially if they forgo medications or regular checkups with their primary care doctor and wind up in the emergency room. A proposal being debated in the United Kingdom would pay patients to go to their physician in an effort to rein in healthcare costs. The program would target people in deprived communities who are less likely to look after their health. [Read More]
Election healthcare coverage
According to a report by The Lewin Group, both candidates would increase health coverage, although neither candidate provides specifics on how to cover the total number of uninsured. A story in The New York Times discusses the business community's reaction to Senator McCain's health plan, which many say would erode employer-sponsored health insurance. A panel moderated by Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist prior to the presidential debate says that neither presidential candidate has a complete plan to deal with problems in the nation's healthcare system.
This Week's Headlines
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New York Times - October 9, 2008
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AP/Miami Herald - October 9, 2008
Without reform, a healthcare bailout may be needed, Cerner CEO warns
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University of Kansas Hospital's independent path has led to success
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CEO/Administrator: HealthSouth, Midland, TX
Chief Executive Officer: Brim Healthcare, Cambridge, NE
Chief Operating Officer: Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston, TX
Chief Medical Officer: Mercy Hospital of Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA
Chief Medical Officer: Providence Health & Services, Beaverton, OR
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