HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - September 9, 2009
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We Need to Learn What Works for Health
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
As Congress reassembles and the health reform debate heats up anew, a lot of what is under discussion has to do with correcting a system of unfairness. The reports, audits, and analyses we've written about so much in recent months speak to the wide variations in availability and quality of care, as well as in the differences in costs of services and health insurance. [Read More]
September 9, 2009
Editor's Picks

California Lawmakers Want AG to Investigate Sutter Health
This large 26-hospital system in Northern California is being accused of a variety of misdeeds involving four hospitals. In the most visible and contentious of the four, it is accused of taking nearly $90 million out of Marin General Hospital as it prepares to relinquish management of it. [Read More]

Hospitals Cut Jobs in August, But Overall Healthcare Job Growth is Up
There's bad news, of course, but the good news is that hospitals are adding some types of jobs. In the first eight months of 2008, the healthcare sector grew 242,100 new jobs and averaged 30,262 new jobs per month, two-thirds of it in ambulatory health. [Read More]

Legal Case Highlights Reporting and Recruiting Problems for Hospitals, Doctors
It's that nasty recurring issue of peer review. What to do when your medical executive committee rejects an applicant for staff privileges, who then turns around and sues you for doing so? My colleague Liz Jones explores what happened at Georgetown University Hospital, a cautionary tale for others. [Read More]

Healthcare Facilities Should Require Staff Vaccinations to Prepare for H1N1
Across the country, there is growing concern that some hospital and other clinical providers are refusing to be vaccinated against H1N1. While infection control officials and the CDC are recommending it, other facilities are demanding it as a condition of practice. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Seven Strategies to Solve Healthcare's Cost Problem
As the White House and Congress pursue comprehensive healthcare reform, one fact remains clear: The status quo is unsustainable and the growth of healthcare spending must be slowed. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Study estimates hospital penalties generate few savings for Medicare
Wall Street Journal – September 9, 2009
Obama aides aim to simplify and scale back health bills
New York Times – September 3, 2009
Kidney doctors concerned about Medicare financing
USA Today – September 3, 2009
24 hours in the ER shows challenges of health system
USA Today – September 8, 2009

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