HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - October 7, 2009
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Eight Ways Baucus Bill Would Root Out Healthcare Fraud
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
The current version of the Senate Finance Committee's America's Healthy Future Act seeks to put a stop to a very large amount of healthcare fraud and abuse. The proposal includes 13 pages of measures that will not just recover money after it has been fraudulently billed and erroneously paid out, but would keep scheming crooks from participating in federal programs from the start. [Read More]
October 7, 2009
Editor's Picks

Tears and Cheers: A Celebration of Nursing's Image
HealthLeaders Media this week launched a new beat with Rebecca Hendren's nursing pillar. She'll be writing about all things affecting the practice of nursing, a huge and important topic in health reform. [Read More]

Healthcare Costs Could Jump 35% Without Reform Passage
Without health reform, the number of uninsured Americans would increase by 10 million to 57.7 million by 2014 and another 8 million by 2019, according to a report from the Urban Institute. In addition, employer spending on premiums would increase from $429.8 billion in 2009 to $885.1 billion in 2019. [Read More]

Two Reasons it's the Era of the Woman in Healthcare
My colleague Philip Betbeze found a few nuggets of treasure in a federal report that illustrates why hospital officials should care more about providing obstetric services than they perhaps do now. I thought of a third reason why it might be the era of the woman: Women live longer than men and will in all likelihood continue to be a bigger share of the healthcare market in years to come. [Read More]

Heart Failure Program Certification is a First for Joint Commission
The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, now offers a certificate to recognize hospitals that meet certain criteria in quality care and outcomes for patients with heart failure. The disease is an increasing concern not just because of its rising frequency. It's also expensive, and innovators are finding an interesting number of ways to effectively and less expensively manage patients in the home. And by the way, the first certificate went to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

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]
This Week's Headlines

Verification of illegal immigrants is scrutinized amid healthcare debate
Los Angeles Times ? October 6, 2009
General Electric chief sees India helping cut costs of U.S. healthcare
New York Times ? October 5, 2009
Pharmaceutical executive donates $100 million to CA-based St. John's Health Center
Los Angeles Times ? October 2, 2009
H1N1 spreading widely; worry over pregnant women
New York Times ? October 2, 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)
Marketing to Physicians: Build Relationships to Increase Referrals (October 22)

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