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Two Reasons it's the Era of the Woman in Healthcare
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Women-related health services are a growth industry. They're still not the majority in terms of hospital leadership, but maybe it's time to pay a little more attention to women and healthcare, at least as far as the strategic direction your hospital or health system should be taking. But don't take my word for it. I have statistics to back that up.
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  October 2, 2009

Editor's Picks
Four Reasons Why Meaningful Health Reform is Unlikely To Pass This Year
I'm taking a break from writing about healthcare reform legislation this week, but you can get a good dose of incisive analysis from my colleague Les Masterson, who this week wrote a column about healthcare reform and why a meaningful law's passage out of Congress is as likely as a hurricane in January. Les offers four reasons, but I think I can boil it down to one: there aren't enough people who are sufficiently dissatisfied with their current options to make the sacrifices necessary to really make it happen. [Read More]
Five hospital secrets you should know
Given that this is a story directed at consumers—who don't follow the minutia of healthcare every day like you and me—you probably know all this already. The author talks about hospital mistakes and ratings, for example, but the value in this piece is insight into what patients might be asking your front-line staff when they're scheduled to visit your hospital for surgery or other reasons. And you'd better be able to give them the right answers. [Read More]
Report paints dark picture of healthcare costs in 2019
Just in case you don't get enough doom and gloom about healthcare on a daily basis, here's some more in the form of a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that finds 2019 will be a dark year indeed if healthcare continues down its current path. [Read More]
Swiss healthcare thrives without public option
If you're tired of all the bickering about healthcare reform, take a look at this story about the Swiss healthcare system. As some politicians here water down proposals to the point where they are likely to be ineffective and others muddy the waters about what catastrophe this or that proposition to fix healthcare in the U.S. will bring about, they might do well to abandon the reflexive and partisan rejection of each sides' proposals and write a carbon copy of the laws that govern Switzerland's healthcare system. They could, and probably will, do a lot worse. [Read More]

This Week's Headlines
What makes a health plan a Cadillac?
Washington Post - October 1, 2009
Joint Commission's 2010 Patient Safety Goals Reduce Requirements
Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media - October 1, 2009
Hospitals Growing Nervous About National Respirator Shortage
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - October 1, 2009
Compliance uneven on Massachusetts healthcare law
Boston Globe - October 1, 2009
Six Hospitals Pay $8.3 Million in Medicare Spine Surgery Whistleblower Case
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - October 2, 2009
Prospects for public option dim in Senate
Washington Post - September 30, 2009
Public Support for Reform Legislation Shows Small Rise
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - September 30, 2009
Miami-based Jackson Health System seeks own tax district
Miami Herald - September 30, 2009

Webcasts/Audio conferences
Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Stroke Care (November 17)
RAC Strategy: Preserve Margin, Prevent Take-backs, Promote Alignment (November 11)
Flexible Medical Staff Models of the Future (October 29, 2009)
Marketing to Physicians: Build Relationships to Increase Referrals (October 22)

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The Patient of the Future

HealthLeaders September 2009
Physicians suggest. Patients ignore. Technology alone won't bring them together. But a new relationship just might. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Certifiable Stroke Care

With a growing emphasis on stroke center certification, hospitals must demonstrate that they have the teams in place to treat stroke patients quickly and effectively, or risk losing patients to a competitor down the road. [Read More]
View from the Top

Post-acute Care as a Winning Strategy in Recessionary Times: When acute care hospitals and health systems are developing marketing and growth strategies, which are especially important in this economic downturn, post-acute care opportunities frequently fall to the bottom of the list. However, like the tortoise that is slow and steady yet wins the race, post-acute programs consistently offer a strong return on investment to those providers with the insight to include these programs in their planning efforts. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Making the Most of Physician Alignment: I spoke recently with Arthur "Bud" McDowell, MD, vice president of Clinical Affairs for Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. We discussed physician alignment strategies in the face of probable healthcare reform, as well as the changes his hospital has made to more closely align cost and quality. [Listen Now]
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