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Philanthropy in Hard Times
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

With tightening credit markets, healthcare facilities will need to rely on philanthropy more than ever. Unfortunately, now is not the best time to hit up members in your community for large donations given the current economic crisis.
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  October 31, 2008

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Call this a crisis? Just wait
The nation has been focusing on how to resolve the current financial crisis, but a bigger economic disaster is headed our way and fast. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported that the unfunded obligations for Medicare and Social Security total $41 trillion. As this story notes, the crisis is now on our doorstep—Kathleen Casey-Kirschling of Maryland became the first baby-boom retiree to collect Social Security benefits, and about 78 million baby-boom retirees will be following her lead over the next 17 years. [Read More]
Scariest Halloween Costume: RAC Man
CMS is moving forward with its permanent Recovery Audit Contractor initiative despite the controversy surrounding the demonstration program. What I like about this article are the survival tips at the bottom. For instance, you may want to be proactive in high-risk areas and identify errors before the RAC finds them. [Read More]
More hospital closures and layoffs
Pontiac, MI-based North Oakland Medical Centers was forced to close after a doctors' group trying to buy the 336-bed hospital failed to find financing to complete the deal. Texas Health Resources is not seeing the growth that it expected and as a result is laying off 49 people—mostly staff positions not directly related to patient care. People are putting off nonurgent medical tests and elective surgeries because of the economic downturn, a company spokesman said.
This Week's Headlines
Florida-based Jackson Hospital names interim CEO
South Florida Business Journal - October 28, 2008
Catholic Healthcare West CEO discusses the potential of healthcare reform
San Francisco Chronicle - October 27, 2008
Thomas Frist to leave HCA board
The Tennessean - October 30, 2008
Errors test openness at Beth Israel Deaconess
Boston Globe - October 27, 2008
Disney's employee clinic like no other
Orlando Sentinel - October 27, 2008
Obama's approach emulates Massachusetts' except for mandate on covering all adults
Washington Post - October 29, 2008
McCain's proposal for high-risk coverage is similar to a program in Minnesota
Washington Post - October 29, 2008

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