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New Breed of Hospital CEO Takes on Waste, Outcomes
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Hospitals are where medical miracles are performed each day. But given the tenor of the healthcare debate, it seems that many also think of hospitals as a big part of the problem of increasing healthcare costs, as havens of just plain old waste, and as a good place to go if you want to get sicker through debilitating infections or medical mistakes. As CEO, you're in charge of that perception, right or wrong.
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  October 9, 2009

Editor's Picks
Senate Finance Bill Will Cost $829 Billion Over Decade
Good news for those looking to pass a healthcare reform bill came Wednesday, as the Congressional Budget Office projected the current Senate Finance Committee bill would cost $829 billion over a decade, a cost lower even than was projected by its lead author, committee chairman Max Baucus. Of course, there are variables, and even if the bill passes the Senate intact, it's still likely to change when it's reconciled with a House version. Still, in the chase to sign major legislation by the end of the year on healthcare, it's a major milestone. [Read More]
Scripps Health Brings Heart Patients Personalized Medicine With Genetic Test
Personalized medicine is closer than you think. In fact, for heart care, it's now at San Diego's Scripps Health, reports my colleague Cheryl Clark. It's not as comprehensive as taking a blood test to determine what diseases to which you're most susceptible, but it's a first step in that the test seems to accurately predict which stent patients may benefit from anti-platelet drug therapy, and which ones won't. [Read More]
Tears and Cheers: A Celebration of Nursing's Image
My colleague Rebecca Hendren has been covering nursing for more than four years for HCPro, Inc., HealthLeaders Media's parent company, and she's now filling a long underrepresented group among our stable of excellent weekly e-newsletters (best part, they're free). In her first column, Rebecca profiles some of the winners of the 2009 Nursing Image Awards, a contest for which she was a judge. Please welcome Rebecca to our group by reading her first newsletter. [Read More]
Hospital lobbyists say Baucus has not yet lived up to their deal
Hey, a deal's a deal, and if the hospital industry made a deal with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus in exchange for their support, then he needs to deliver, I guess. Same with President Obama and his much maligned (at least in this newsletter) deal with the drugmakers. What's distressing to me about this story and others like it is the fact that political support from such special interest groups is necessary to pass a healthcare reform bill. I'm not naïve to how business gets done in Washington, but stuff like this is why anyone with half a brain is cynical about what Congressional legislation of any kind is likely to do to their own pocketbooks. When will people figure out that if a special interest group supports any huge measure like the healthcare reform bill, it's likely a bad deal for the little guy? [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Eight Ways Baucus Bill Would Root Out Healthcare Fraud
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2009
OIG Plans to Review Medicare, Medicaid Auditing Programs
Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2009
Bending the Cost Curve Could Also Reduce Physicians' Headaches
Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2009
Boston Medical Center reexamines doctors' speaking rules
Boston Globe, October 8, 2009
Orthopedists fail to disclose payments
Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2009
Inquiry may alter HCA's IPO plan
The Tennessean, October 8, 2009
Patients, Docs Rip ED Waits in Massachusetts
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2009
Patient sues Anthem Blue Cross over liver transplant
Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2009
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The Patient of the Future

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Certifiable Stroke Care

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View from the Top

Five Steps the C-suite Should Know About Optimizing the Hospital Supply Chain: As hospitals across the country feel pressure to cut costs and improve operational efficiencies, the role of the hospital supply chain becomes increasingly important. Hospital supply chain issues are no longer just the concern of materials management departments and service line VPs. C-suite executives are also getting heavily involved. When they do, they should first know five critical points when it comes to supply chain management. [Read More]
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Focusing on Staff Morale in a Tough Economy: Meryl Montgomery, MSN, RN, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program director at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, discusses how the economy is affecting bedside caregivers and how managers can improve staff morale. [Listen Now]
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