HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - May 6, 2009
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Health in the Heartland: Where Will The Doctors Come From?
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
The task of persuading physicians to set up a practice is a daunting one for rural areas across the country. And the vast acres of California's Central Valley, where town signs boast claims such as "The World's Fruit Basket" and "The Raisin Capital of the World," is no exception. [Read More]
May 6, 2009
Editor's Picks

Hacker in Virginia
A hacker's violation of patient privacy raises new concerns about how hospitals and other care providers can safeguard patient information and still meet coming electronic medical record requirements. [Read More]

Rural Healthcare Needs Support
This new report from the White House Office of Health Reform and the HHS gives ammunition to the administration as it tries to remedy grave disparities in access and amount of care available in rural communities across the country. The number of physicians per 100,000 people is 72 in urban areas, compared to 55 in rural areas, and 36 in small rural areas. [Read More]

Report Sounds Alarm About Hospital Fires
Sometimes hospital kitchens can't take the heat. Fires in cooking areas make up more than half of the fires in hospitals and hospices. On average, they result in one death and 27 injuries to patients and employees each year. [Read More]

CMS RAC Review Gets Pushback
A San Diego County hospital district tries to fight back on what it sees as unfair rejection of a $7,992.92 2005 Medicare claim that was audited after the one-year limit required by law. District officials said this was the first of many such claims that would be filed by hospital officials who believe they were similarly denied reimbursement for care. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Ten Strategies for Capturing All Reimbursements
Providers can mitigate the impact of the recession and protect their long-term financial outlook by deploying strategies on the front-end of a patient visit to capture all reimbursements, says guest columnist Jeff Drake. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Charity Hospital venue disputed in Louisiana
New Orleans Times-Picayune ? May 6, 2009
Nashville hires healthcare consultant
The Tennessean ? May 6, 2009
Few hospitals go paperless using free VA software
Boston Globe ? May 4, 2009
AHRQ study: Frequency and costs of potentially preventable hospitalizations
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ? May 1, 2009
Medicare system overhaul proposed by two senators
New York Times ? April 30, 2009

Webcasts/Audio Conferences

ICU Overhaul 2009: Strategies to Reduce Costs and Improve Quality (Live)
HIPAA Changes: New Compliance Strategies for New Marketing Models (Live)
Service Lines Strategies Workshop: Cardiovascular Physician Alignment (On Demand)
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Jump . . . or Get Pushed
The tough decisions you don't want to make now—but may have to. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Redefining Cardio
The cardiovascular service line remains a dependable revenue generator for many hospitals across the country. But a shifting market full of new options for patients means organizations must find ways to differentiate themselves to keep it that way. [Read More]
Community Call
Discussion Board
What can rural hospitals do to make their facilities more attractive to physicians?
Audio Feature
Preparing for RAC Appeals: Ed Gaines, vice president and chief compliance officer with CBIZ Medical Management Professionals, describes how hospitals are handling the RAC appeals process. [Listen Now]
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