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Securing Stimulus Dollars Will Require Sacrifice and Swift Action
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

Nashville (TN) General Hospital at Meharry is facing a 10% budget cut, which could mean cutting its oncology and cardiology clinics, the adult day-care program at Knowles Home Assisted Living & Adult Day Care center, and eliminating $350,000 in funding for Our Kids, a program for abused children. Hospital leaders nationwide are facing similar heart-wrenching choices in order to keep their hospitals afloat or to better position their health systems for success on the other side of this recession.
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  April 10, 2009

Editor's Picks
Act Now to Take Advantage of Stimulus Money
If healthcare providers want to get their hands on the maximum reimbursement available in the HITECH Act by Jan. 1, 2011, they better get started now even though many of the details won't be available until the end of the year. That was the prevailing message being offered at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference held this past week in Chicago. Here's a blog entry from my colleague Jim Molpus that highlights a couple of sessions that echoed this sentiment. [Read More]
Obama makes health reform office official
It's official. President Obama has signed an executive order formally creating the new White House Office of Health Reform. Its function will be to expand and improve health coverage in the United States. The office will be responsible for reaching out to state and local officials, working with Congress to enact health reform legislation, and overseeing the implementation of policy changes. Nancy-Ann DeParle, who has spent the past eight years of her career in the private sector, will oversee the office. [Read More]
Critical questions boards should ask
The current state of the economy has boards feeling uneasy, and the healthcare industry is no exception. This Business Week article offers guidance on three questions that trustees should be asking. For example, what is the action plan in case things get substantially worse? And what is the institution's risk profile? Boards also are questioning whether they have the appropriate executive leadership team in place to meet today's challenges. [Read More]
Are You Part of a Top Leadership Team?
HealthLeaders Media is gearing up for its fifth year of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program that recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 30.

This Week's Headlines
Patient mishaps in Massachusetts hospitals top 300
Boston Globe - April 10, 2009
Consolidation of insurers a concern for medical providers
Chicago Tribune - April 8, 2009
Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health revamps its payment policy
Indianapolis Star - April 10, 2009
Commentary: Why 'quality' care is dangerous
Wall Street Journal - April 8, 2009
New York-Presbyterian Hospital offering digital records
New York Times - April 6, 2009

Webcasts/Audio conferences
Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Joint Replacement (April 20)
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs
Chief Executive Officer: Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane, WA. As a member of the Hospital's senior management team, the CEO will participate in operational decision-making processes necessary for the successful attainment . . . [Read More]
Chief Operating Officer: Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, Bullhead City, AZ. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will participate in operational decision-making processes necessary for the successful attainment of the hospital's mission . . . [Read More]
Chief Nursing Officer: CHRISTUS Health, Lake Charles, LA. Executive Leader responsible for patient care delivery, nursing, and nurse practice throughout a facility within a CHRISTUS Health region . . . [Read More]
Chief Financial Officer: Family Health Centers of San Diego. The CFO will oversee all aspects of finance and accounting for our $60 million plus budget with a focus on maximizing third party reimbursements, supporting growth . . . [Read More]
Director HealthCare Services: Molina Healthcare Inc., San Antonio. This position has oversight responsibility to plan, develop, and direct the Healthcare Services Department, including the sections for authorizations . . . [Read More]

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The Business Case for Burn Centers A common misconception among hospital administrators is that burn centers are neither self-sustaining nor profitable, says Peter H. Grossman, MD. But if managed properly, these centers can be new, highly profitable revenue sources that bring enhanced prestige to the hospitals with which they affiliate, he says. [Read More]
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Engage Physicians to Achieve Top Cardiac Care: Physician leaders David Pate, Marigene Hartker, and Joseph Knapp discuss how to enhance quality in the cardiac service line through physician alignment, quality initiatives, and leadership strategies. "Hospital leadership needs to take responsibility for establishing alignment with physicians," says Pate, CEO of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, TX. [Listen Now]

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