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C-Suite! Your Nurses Aren't Happy. Are You Listening?
John Commins, Editor, Community Hospitals
Press Ganey Associates has come out with its 2008 survey of job satisfaction among 200,000 healthcare professionals at 423 healthcare organizations nationwide?including 45,000 nurses?and the news is neither good nor surprising. [Read More]
October 15, 2008
Editor's Picks

Credit crunch hits hospitals too
The New York Times today provides a disturbing but not at all surprising story about the credit crunch and its impact on the nation's hospitals. Construction and capital improvement delays and postponements are the norm these days at hospitals in every state. Hospitals "are not immune," Richard L. Clarke, CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, tells the Times. [Read More]

M.D. Anderson faces charitable care scrutiny
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is facing renewed scrutiny from Congress over the levels of charity care it delivers, with its tax status hanging the balance. Responding to pointed questions about everything from the hospital's relationships with insurance companies to bill-collection policies to fundraising activity, M.D. Anderson officials have delivered four bound volumes of data to Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. [Read More]

AHA, Joint Commission issue infection control guidelines
Hoping to improve infection control in hospitals, the nation's top epidemiological societies joined with the American Hospital Association and the Joint Commission to issue a compendium of guidelines for preventing six lethal conditions. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Margins Squeezed? Here's Where to Find Operational Efficiencies
The current economic downturn has caught many businesses, including healthcare organizations, in an unanticipated margin squeeze. So what can your organization do to ensure that it is generating the margin necessary to fund future operations and investments? A margin improvement audit may be the solution. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Pennsylvania healthcare battle shows states struggle alone
AP/Philadelphia Inquirer ? October 15, 2008
CEO turnover hits a record high
Los Angeles Times ? October 9, 2008
Growing health-reform challenge for next president
AP/Yahoo News ? October 15, 2008
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Model for Success
  Running a medical group has never been more complex. But many practices have found ways to not only survive?but thrive. [Read More]
Community Call
Discussion Board
Is the credit crunch or the slow economy forcing you to delay or postpone construction, equipment purchases or other capital improvements? Have you had to lay off employees?
Audio Feature
Deep Impact: Scott Clay, a senior principal with the Noblis Center for Health Innovation, talks about the effect of the deepening financial crisis healthcare organizations. [Listen Now]
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