HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - July 15, 2009 View as a Webpage | Subscribe for Free

Town in 'Forrest Gump' Thinks Regina Benjamin, MD, Will Bring Home Change
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
A look at Alabama and its small shrimp processing town, Bayou La Batre, made famous by the 1994 movie "Forrest Gump," might reveal some clues about what health issues President Obama's pick for the next U.S. Surgeon General will tackle first. [Read More]
July 15, 2009
Editor's Picks

New 30-Day Readmission Rates Listed at HHS Hospital Compare Web site
How many times hospitals had to readmit patients they had just discharged within 30 days after care for heart attacks, heart failure, or pneumonia is information now publicly available on Medicare's Hospital Compare Web site. The sunshine statistics may prompt hospitals to improve their care, as it ranks them as having rates that are better, the same as, or worse than the average of U.S. hospitals. The information was voluntarily submitted by 4,000 hospitals nationally. [Read More]

Hospital CPR Often Doesn't Work
Hospital resuscitation efforts have improved over the years, in part because there was lots of room for improvement. But inside the hospital, cardiac arrest rescues have not seen much advancement. The lack of change may say more about the patients' level of illness than about hospital care, but some system changes may help. [Read More]

Healthcare Costs for Overweight and Obese Patients Grow
The epidemic of being fat is not only getting worse, but treating diseases associated with being overweight or obese is costing the health system even more per person, according to statistics comparing 2006 to 2001. The raw numbers may give added incentives to providers, insurers, Congress, and health policy makers to advocate for greater incentives for patients to lose weight. [Read More]

3.5 Million New Healthcare Jobs Expected by 2016
The economy may be languishing, but one area expected to provide more jobs is that of healthcare. According to the President's Council of Economic Advisers, opportunities loom for training professionals in information technology, aides, therapists, physicians, nurses and many other practice specialties to take care of the growing number of elderly. Hospital and healthcare sectors still outperform other sectors in the economy. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Preparation of a Proposal for a Federal Healthcare Contract
Armed with a little bit of knowledge about some of the "ins and outs" of small business contracting under federal law, a hospital or physician group will be surprised at the number of potential business opportunities that they may actually be able to create for themselves. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Healthcare plan would add surtax on wealthy
Washington Post - July 15, 2009
Team focusing on those at high risk of readmittance can reduce rehospitalizations
Minneapolis Star Tribune - July 15, 2009
California nursing board executive officer resigns
Los Angeles Times - July 15, 2009
Healthy habits may cut price of insurance
Boston Globe - July 15, 2009

Webcasts/Audio Conferences

Service Line Strategies Workshop 2009: Spine Care (Live)
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Audio Feature
Economic Impact Pretty Tough: This audio feature offers a discussion between Community and Rural Editor Cheryl Clark and Ray Hino, CEO of Mendocino Coast District Hospital, a 25-bed critical-access hospital in California. He speaks about the HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2009, and the lower scores for rural providers, in terms of prospects for growth, workplace morale, and job satisfaction. [Listen Now]