HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - October 28, 2009
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Rural NC Gets Savvy With Teleneurology For Stroke
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
One by one across the nation, small rural hospitals are getting stroke smart. And around this Thanksgiving, 87-bed Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, NC, will become one more. Hugh Chatham and three other rural facilities in the nation's so-called "stroke belt" will link up with a teleneurology system through Forsyth Medical Center, the first North Carolina hospital to receive Joint Commission stroke certification, 45 minutes away in Winston-Salem. [Read More]
October 28, 2009
Editor's Picks

Financial Outlook for California Hospitals Improves, Despite Plummeting Investment Income
Who knows whether the sunshine peeking through California hospitals' skies will be sustained or translatable to the rest of the country. But new data released by the Golden State's health planning office suggests that healthcare may be starting to recover. [Read More]

Joint Commission Gains Role in Collecting Quality Data
After reading my colleague Matt Phillion's report, it appears that the science of reporting quality is still in its infancy despite the fact that six agencies evaluate hospital statistics dealing with the topic. His source says you can get more information about a TV than you can about your healthcare. [Read More]

Alegent CEO's Resignation Illustrates Difficulty of Culture Change
Physician discontent at this large Nebraska healthcare system may have had a lot to do with the revolt against CEO Wayne Sensor. HealthLeaders Media Senior Editor Philip Betbeze notes that stepping on the toes of specialists, who bring in higher paying business, may have had a lot to do with it. [Read More]

Could Three Bills Bury Your Hospital's Bottom Line?
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, our new Senior Editor for finance, writes about what might emerge from the intoxicating (or toxic) witch's brew of ingredients in the health reform cauldron. Lawmakers may be making a critical mistake if the 21% physician pay cut goes through. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

The Financial Imperative of Staff Development Education
Contributor Deanna R. Miller, RN, MSN/HCE, manager of critical care and staff development at the University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center in Geneva, OH, makes the case for continuing to budget for staff development education during difficult economic times. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Reid's push for public option creates new barriers for bill
Wall Street Journal – October 28, 2009
With critical-care specialists in short supply, remote monitoring offers a solution
Wall Street Journal – October 27, 2009
Number of doctors was overstated, study finds
New York Times – October 27, 2009
NY officials rescind mandatory H1N1 flu shot order
Associated Press/Boston Globe – October 23, 2009
Medical Mission Trips Motivate Nurses and Give Back to Communities
Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media – October 27, 2009

Webcasts/Audio Conferences

Women's Health: Building a More Profitable Service Line With Existing Assets (December 17)
Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Stroke Care (November 17)
RAC Strategy: Preserve Margin, Prevent Take-backs, Promote Alignment (November 10)
Flexible Medical Staff Models of the Future (October 29)

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