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Stimulus Relief is a State of Mind
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

Take your finger off the pause button. The mere fact that the $787 billion stimulus package was signed into law on Tuesday will give some healthcare CEOs the confidence to move forward on some of their strategic priorities that have been on hold since the economy collapsed this past fall.
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  February 20, 2009

Editor's Picks
Complete economic stimulus coverage
Here is a comprehensive list of the news and analysis of the $787 billion stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed into law this week. [Read More]
Economic Collapse as a Change Agent
This is a post on our Lead Time blog from Bill Holman, president and CEO of Baton Rouge General Medical Center, on how this recession leaves healthcare organizations no choice but to drastically change their whole care delivery process. He suggests "rebuilding things in a way that makes sense; in a way that eliminates duplication and waste; in a way that is meaningful to our patients and physicians." [Read More]
Front runner in HHS post
It appears that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas may be President Obama's top choice for secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius would bring eight years of experience as her state's insurance commissioner as well as six years as a governor running a state Medicaid program. But perhaps her strongest asset is her record working across party lines. [Read More]
Whisker goals
The mere thought of changing the whole care delivery process is enough to give many healthcare executives heart burn. Healthcare is one of the most complex industries and change has never been easy or quick. This article offers strategies on how to manage change in tough environments by focusing on smaller goals. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Loudon County, VA, board won't revisit Broadlands hospital
Washington Post - February 19, 2009
Three of the nation's largest nursing unions merge
Dallas Morning News - February 19, 2009
New U.S. health insurance program envisioned
Reuters/Yahoo News - February 19, 2009
Superbug infections decline for procedure
Los Angeles Times - February 18, 2009
Web site gives data critiquing Oklahoma hospitals
AP/ - February 17, 2009
Dallas-area hospitals defend tax-exempt status, executive pay
Dallas Morning News - February 17, 2009

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From HealthLeaders Magazine
Back to Basics

HealthLeaders July 2007
The strategy for surviving the economic downturn? Invest in core strengths, scrutinize staffing and operations, seize partnership opportunities—and get down to work. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Essential and Expensive

Patient demand for intensive care services continues to rise—but ICUs cost a ton of money. Here?s how some providers are making intensive care worth their financial while. [Read More]
View from the Top

The Self-Pay Conundrum: How to Balance Margin and Mission: As hospitals watch their self-pay accounts receivable and bad debt increase, they find themselves in a bind. On the one hand, they know that the cost of collecting from patients is high, and that the likelihood of getting paid drops after patients leave the hospital. On the other hand, they must be sensitive to community relations and their social mission. But there is a bit of an ironic solution. Automating the self-pay financial clearance and collection process helps patients pay their bills. [Read More]
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