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Limited Resources=Difficult Decisions
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

Limited resources mean that healthcare CEOs are forced to make some heart-wrenching decisions like cutting services because they can no longer afford to provide them. Some are now looking at partnering with other hospitals to bring some of those services back to their communities.
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  February 6, 2009

Editor's Picks
Who should replace Tom Daschle?
Now that Thomas A. Daschle has withdrawn his name from consideration as head of the Department of Health and Human Services there is a lot of speculation about who should be next in line. This Washington Post article asked several political observers their thoughts on who can best help President Obama push through health care reform. My colleague Jim Molpus posed the same question earlier this week on our new blog, Lead Time.
The right stuff
One tip to surviving the recession is ensuring that you have the right team in place to drive internal process improvement and cost reduction. This Sg2 piece lists five questions that organizations should ask to ensure that their process improvement department is positioned to succeed long term. [Read More]
SCHIP bill gets the green light
By a 290-135 vote, the House approved legislation expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program by approximately $35 billion over the next five years. The bill will add roughly 4 million children to the program. President Obama also lifted restrictions that called for at least 95% of poor children eligible for Medicaid or SCHIP to be enrolled in those programs before states could begin using federal funds to cover higher-income children. States covering higher-income children also had to make sure individuals were without health insurance for one year before they were allowed into the program. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Survey: Recession hits Georgia hospitals hard
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - February 5, 2009
Seattle-based Swedish Medical Center to lay off 200 workers
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - February 4, 2009
Proposal makes UConn Health Center, Hartford Hospital partners
Hartford Courant - February 4, 2009
Los Angeles County reviewing health department workers' criminal records
Los Angeles Times - February 4, 2009
The new uninsured
Washington Post - February 3, 2009
Tempers flare over New Orleans hospital dispute
New Orleans Times-Picayune - February 3, 2009
Washington healthcare facilities scrambling to deal with Death with Dignity Act
Seattle Times - February 3, 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 Executive Officer: Brim Healthcare, Shawano, WI. Candidates should have at least five years of acute care hospital executive experience and exemplary communication, presentation and interpersonal skills . . . [Read More]
Assistant Chief Financial Officer: Vista Health System, Waukegan, IL. This position will participate in the financial and functional decision-making processes . . . [Read More]
Director of Surgical Services: Core Medical Group, Dayton, OH. The director works collaboratively with the Medical Director, key physicians, and other disciplines to assure comprehensive care . . . [Read More]
Director of Quality & Regulatory Compliance: Elk Regional Health System, Saint Mary's, PA. This position plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates resource and quality management services . . . [Read More]
Chief Nursing Officer: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. The CNO will define the model of care for the organization and the supporting standards, policies, and systems . . . [Read More]
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Flat-World Healthcare

HealthLeaders July 2007
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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