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HHS Issues New Rule for HIT Breaches
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

A public that is apparently willing to believe health reform is about "death panels pulling the plug on grandma" is also nervous about a government push for HIT and electronic health records. Though HIT has the capacity to drastically reduce personal medical information breaches, it gets a lot of media attention when breaches occur. [Read More]
  August 24, 2009

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Insurance premiums up 95% since 2000
A new Families USA report shows that between 2000 and 2009 the cost of a family premium provided by an employer increased 95.2% while median income went up just 17.5%. Even worse, workers get fewer benefits plus higher deductibles and copays for the extra money. But the health insurance industry cannot paper over the huge increases in healthcare premiums that American companies and workers have had to pay over the last decade. [Read More]
Most hospitals smoke free by the end of '09
What really blows me away about this story is that hospitals weren't smoke free five years ago. I guess it's better than nothing, but I don't think it's a cause for celebration. Hospitals see the end results – and often get saddled with the financial burden -- of tobacco addiction every day in the form of cancer and respiratory diseases. You would think hospitals would be in the vanguard of the smoke-free movement. [Read More]
Swine flu Round 2: Are you ready?
CDC says we can expect Round 2 of the swine flu pandemic as early as this fall, when children return to school. Are you ready? I’d like to hear from healthcare professionals out there about what contingency plans they're making for the influenza. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
ORLANDO: Florida Hospital/Burnham Inst. appoints new research director
Florida Hospital and Burnham Institute have announced the appointment of Steven R. Smith, MD, as the new executive director of the Florida Hospital - Burnham Clinical Research Institute that focuses on the study of diabetes, obesity, and the metabolic origins of cardiovascular disease. [Read More]

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO: Linnes named CEO at SE Missouri Hospital
The former president of St. John's Regional Medical Center, Debbie Linnes, has been named president and CEO of the Southeast Missouri Hospital at Cape Girardeau. Linnes will succeed James W. Wente, who will retire after being affiliated with the hospital for 35 years. Linnes joined St. John's in 2003 as senior vice president and COO. She was named president and CEO in February 2006. She announced her resignation in June 2008, saying she wanted to pursue career opportunities elsewhere. [Read More]

LOS ANGELES: Valdespino named CEO at Valley Presbyterian
Gustavo Valdespino has been named Valley Presbyterian’s new president and CEO—succeeding Albert L. Greene, who passed away in April. Valdespino will step into the new role on Sept. 1. Gregory L. Kay was named as interim CEO at Valley following Greene’s death. Greene died of pancreatic cancer—an illness he was diagnosed with in June 2008. He was 59. Greene became president at Valley Presbyterian in March 2006. The hospital’s board worked to find a permanent replacement for Greene. [Read More]

COLUMBIA, MD: MedStar Health names regional executives
MedStar Health has named Joy Drass, MD, executive vice president of Operations for the Washington Region and Carl Schindelar as its executive vice president of Operations for the Baltimore Region.[Read More]

MINNEAPOLIS: Allina names new CFO
Hospitals & Clinics has named Duncan P. Gallagher as its new executive vice president and CFO. Most recently, Gallagher was the executive vice president and COO/CFO of Iowa Health System based in Des Moines. Gallagher spent 10 years in that role overseeing all of the finance functions as well as administrative functions including legal services, human resources, information technology, strategy, supply chain management, and payer contracting.[Read More]

ALLENTOWN, PA: Trottier named CEO at Easton Hospital
Tim Trottier, the former CEO of Natchez Community Hospital in Mississippi, has been named the new CEO at Easton Hospital, effective Sept. 8. He will replace Aaron Hazzard who was assigned to the post while hospital trustees searched for a replacement for the hospital's former leader Angela Marchi. Marchi left Easton Hospital after a little more than a year in the position to serve as interim CEO of Carlisle Regional Medical Center. [Read More]

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