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Do You Have a Plan for Your ED?
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

I've heard of acute-care inpatient units tailored for elderly patients with hand rails and nonslip flooring. Some even have in-room refrigerators to help patients stay hydrated and additional furniture for a more home-like feel. But an emergency room designed specifically for elderly patients? That's a new one.
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  January 30, 2009

Editor's Picks
Do you have a social media strategy?
This Fast Company blog gave a good example of how companies can use social media to their advantage. Last year, Scott Monty, Ford Motor Company's newly hired social media strategist, was able to quickly respond to a PR crisis using Twitter to minimize the fallout of a pending lawsuit. As my colleague, Gienna Shaw, has written about recently in her newsletter and blog, healthcare organizations are finding the benefits of social media networks, as well. [Read More]
House passes stimulus plan despite GOP opposition
President Obama won House approval on Wednesday for an $819 billion economic recovery plan. The size and substance of the bill remains in dispute—not one Republican voted for the bill. So what does the bill mean for healthcare? My colleague, Philip Betbeze, wrote a nice piece analyzing the major healthcare spending that's included in the legislation. [Read More]
Here's your share of the bill
Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital officials have sent bills totaling $75 million to Georgia counties for services that were provided to their residents but went unpaid. The jury is still out on whether or not this was a good idea. It does raise some interesting questions about providing care for uninsured residents and who ultimately is responsible. In urban areas, this responsibility usually falls on one hospital or a small handful of institutions that are often buried in red ink. As for Grady, I doubt it will receive a dime on any of these bills. [Read More]
Layoffs continue in healthcare sector
NorthShore Skokie (IL) Hospital said it would eliminate 150 full-time jobs, or nearly 14% of its workforce in the next two months. Hennepin County Medical Center is cutting 100 jobs and freezing capital spending even though demand for its services is growing. HCMC said the actions are in response to the reductions in state funding announced last month.
This Week's Headlines
Senate passes health insurance bill for children, immigrant clause opens rift
Washington Post - January 30, 2009
WakeMed gingerly resumes bond sales
Raleigh News & Observer - January 29, 2009
Birmingham-based St. Vincent's Health System names NY exec new CEO
Birmingham Business Journal - January 28, 2009
America's top hospitals cut patient death rate 27%
HealthDay/Washington Post - January 28, 2009
Cleveland Clinic selects medical school dean as chief executive of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Cleveland Plain-Dealer - January 26, 2009
Drastic downsizing of pediatric care at L.A. County-USC Medical Center
Los Angeles Times - January 26, 2009
Chicago-area hospitals give price breaks to uninsured
Chicago Tribune - January 26, 2009

Webcasts/Audio Conferences
Form 990H: Act Now to Protect Your Reputation (February 24, 2009)
ED Overhaul 2009: Five Improvements to Make Today (February 20, 2009)
Incentive-Based Compensation Plans to Enhance Physician Performance (February 12, 2009)
Strategic Marketing Lessons from Other Industries (On Demand)
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs
Chief Nursing Officer: South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital, San Antonio, TX. The CNO will be responsible for strategic oversight and operational performance for patient care services . . . [Read More]
Executive Director/Vice President: Provena Medical Group, Mokena, IL. This position is accountable for the operational and financial performance . . . [Read More]
Chief Financial Officer: Arizona Regional Medical Center, Mesa, AZ. The CFO is responsible for all aspects of general finance, financial planning and reporting, as well as strategic and operational financial administration . . . [Read More]
Chief Information Officer: Sherman Health, Elgin, IL. The CIO will assess the current information systems organization and technology and work with the senior management team . . . [Read More]
Chief Clinical Officer: Mercy Hospital-Valley City, Aberdeen, SD. The CCO will provide operational leadership to the patient services division and oversee all clinical processes . . . [Read More]
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Flat-World Healthcare

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Globalization is no longer an uncertain trend in the distant future. U.S. providers must refine their organizational strategy to compete in a marketplace that is broader than ever before. [Read More]
Service Line Management
A Spinal Shift

As minimally invasive procedures consume a larger portion of spinal care, provider organizations have many opportunities—and challenges—in an increasingly outpatient service line. [Read More]
View from the Top

How Post-acute Care Can Improve Financial Performance Although the current economic environment is negatively impacting the entire healthcare industry, many health systems are realizing that post-acute programs, which often take a backseat in many hospitals, can generate some much needed financial returns for the organization. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Strategies to Improve the ED: Shawn Evans, MD, an attending emergency physician at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA, and a speaker on our February 20 webcast: ED Overhaul: 5 improvements to make today, shares strategies to improve patient throughput and customer service in the ED. [Listen Now]
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