HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - June 3, 2009 View as a Webpage | Subscribe for Free

Immediate Jeopardy: Words No Hospital Official Wants to Hear
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
In my many years of writing about hospitals and their problems, I know this: Medical and administrative executives dread nothing more than to hear that their hospital's failure to comply with license requirements came close to causing—or actually did cause—injury or death to a patient. Jeopardy is not the name of a game. It's their biggest nightmare. [Read More]
June 3, 2009
Editor's Picks

Sin Tax for Reform?
Proposals would create "sin taxes" to finance healthcare reform. Consumers would pay more for sugar drinks. [Read More]

Health Insurers Converge in San Diego
About 1,200 people representing America's Health Insurance Plans are gathering in San Diego for a three-day meeting to discuss their tactics against what they see as a threat of a public plan. But industry analysts suggest this is a good opportunity to sell a better product. [Read More]

More Kidney Dialysis At Home, Courtesy of Medicare?
Medicare is the payer of kidney dialysis services for 84% of the patients who get that care nationwide, but only 8% of those patients have those equipment to do it at home. Now the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is rolling out new bundled payment guidelines, effective in 2011, that would enable more patients to have that care at home. [Read More]

52 Million Uninsured by Next Year
The number of people without health insurance is increasing, and if health reform does not create a viable alternative, the numbers will only get worse. [Read More]
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]
This Week's Headlines

Wrist procedure for angioplasty gains popularity
Miami Herald - June 2, 2009
Kennedy and Baucus 'seek common ground' on healthcare legislation
New York Times - June 1, 2009
Helping to care for caregivers
Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 29, 2009
Aetna site hacked; 65,000 to receive credit monitoring
Hartford Courant/Associated Press - May 29, 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
Cash for Computers
  With an incentive to invest in IT and EMRs, healthcare executives need to determine if this offer is the kind of help that they are prepared to accept. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Simpler Surgeries, Complex Market
  Technological advances have impact beyond the OR, affecting market trends and hospital-physician alignment. [Read More]
Audio Feature
Critical Care Delivery Made Better: Marc Zubrow, MD, director of critical care medicine at Wilmington, DE-based Christiana Care Health System and medical director of the Maryland eCare project, shares strategies to improve the delivery of critical care and offers a preview of the upcoming HealthLeaders Media Webcast, ICU Overhaul 2009: Strategies to Reduce Cost and Improve Quality. For example, Christiana Care introduced sepsis resuscitation and critical care management standards that led to a 49% decrease in mortality rates and a 34% decrease in average length of stay in sepsis patients. [Listen Now]
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