HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - May 20, 2009
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Can Telepharmacy Reduce Rural Critical Access Drug Mistakes? Yes.
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
A shortage of pharmacists at critical access hospitals across the nation has spawned creative solutions using remote "telepharmacy" technology. But a deficit of regulations and guidance from state pharmacy boards means only a few facilities have taken the leap. And many of those that did were forced to because of the growing shortage of pharmacists and the fear of making mistakes. [Read More]
May 20, 2009
Editor's Picks

Docs spend $31 Billion Haggling With Insurance Companies
Primary care physicians spend about 43 minutes out of their day fighting for authorization from insurance companies, more time than specialists do. [Read More]

Employees Pay More for Health
Workers this year will spend 15% more on payroll deductions for health plan premiums than they did last year, and pay 5.4% more in out-of-pocket co-pays. But there's good news too: The rate of increase is lower. [Read More]

Health Care Without the Doctor?
A growing number of medications, medical devices, and diagnostic kits available over-the-counter prompted one health analyst to wonder if the patient experience needs to always be centered on a face-to-face visit with the doctor. [Read More]

Allied Health Workers Wanted
Unemployment may be up, but a great opportunity awaits for people looking for work in roughly 200 allied health professions, specifically nurses, clinical lab scientists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and imaging technologists. These are the employees who make a hospital's patient flow run smoothly. And without them, the emergency department backs up, patients can't be admitted or discharged and the 911 system sees the word "bypass." [Read More]

Editor's Note
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a safe Memorial Day holiday. HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly will not publish next week, but will be back with a new issue June 3.
Leaders Forum

Is Stimulus Money Enough?
Assume for a moment, there will be enough stimulus money to cover the cost of your electronic medical record system. Also assume that you receive the funds prior to your investment, so cost is not an issue. Will your EMR project succeed? [Read More]
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New taxes loom to pay for healthcare overhaul
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Cash for Computers
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Service Line Management
Simpler Surgeries, Complex Market
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Community Call
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Audio Feature
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