HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - May 13, 2009 View as a Webpage | Subscribe for Free

Physician-Patient E-Mail Can Save Both Time and Cost
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Greater exchange of health information between physicians and patients through e-mail is an easy way to reduce unnecessary health costs for providers, health plans, and patients. In rural areas or places where transportation is a challenge, it can also improve patient care by increasing communication between patients and their physicians. [Read More]
May 13, 2009
Editor's Picks

Should We Buy a Better Robot?
The ECRI Institute released its top 10 technologies to watch, and some are not advised without a heavy dose of caution. They include bigger, faster and more expensive CT and MRI machines, robotic devices, hybrid surgical suites with state-of-the art operating equipment as well as imaging capability, and of course the explosion of electronic health record technologies and software. [Read More]

Will Health Reform Reduce Tax Breaks for Non-Profits?
That's one proposal under consideration by the Senate Finance Committee, which is evaluating alternatives to reduce health expenses. Another is the federal stipend now going to hospitals that treat a "disproportionate share" of the uninsured. [Read More]

CDC Alerts Now on Twitter
Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogs took over much of the emergency preparedness notification processes during the swine flu outbreak last month, replacing TV, telephone, and regular e-mail that formerly provided communication between public health officials and providers. [Read More]

Rural Health Gets Obama's Boost
The Obama administration's proposed 2010 budget has many improvements for rural health, although two key programs—The Delta Health Initiative in Mississippi and the Denali Project in Alaska—would be eliminated. [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

Staff shortages in labs may put patients at risk
Wall Street Journal – May 13, 2009
Hospitals begin to move into supermarkets
New York Times – May 12, 2009
Digital medical records push exposes potential side effects
Boston Globe – May 11, 2009
Hospitals pay for cutting costly readmissions
New York Times – May 11, 2009
Framingham, MA, board approves Newton-Wellesley clinic plan
Boston Globe – May 8, 2009

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