HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - December 30, 2009 View as a Webpage | Subscribe for Free

Hoops for Hope is a Slam Dunk for Rural Women's Health
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
It's been just 60 days since two small hospitals in rural Kansas teamed up to host a successful celebrity basketball game, which raised $40,000 for women's cancer prevention. But the event was more than just a sold-out game—it became a vehicle to educate and energize health awareness in an area troubled by the recession and poor access to care. [Read More]
December 30, 2009
Editor's Picks

10 Issues that Congress will Need to Resolve in Final Reform Bill
After what seemed like an endless debate, the Senate approved its healthcare reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590), on Christmas Eve. But as my colleague Janice Simmons notes in this article, a long and complicated process lies ahead for this bill and the House bill (HR 3962) as they are reconciled into a new bill to be presented back to each chamber. Simmons lays out 10 issues lawmakers will be forced to reconcile before health reform can become a reality. [Read More]

Florida AG Calls for Legal Review of Mandate in Federal Healthcare Legislation
Could this be the number 11 issue that Congress will need to resolve? Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced his office will conduct a legal review of the healthcare bills in Congress to determine the constitutionality of the individual mandate that would make acquiring health insurance a requirement for U.S. citizens. Democrats dismissed McCollum's review as political theater. But McCollum—a former Congressman who is also a Republican candidate for governor in 2010—says he has asked attorneys general in other states to join his review, and he suggested that a court battle would be waged if the reforms as they are now written become law. [Read More]

10 Weird Healthcare Stories of 2009
Media outlets love to present their annual top ten lists at the end of each year, and HealthLeaders is no exception. Here, my colleague John Commins lists some of the weirdest healthcare-related stories of the year. Some are scary, others are cautionary, and some are, well, just plain weird. [Read More]

Success Story: Sisters of Mercy Health
Learn how the Sisters of Mercy implemented changes to improve service quality through IBM Service Management solutions. These solutions facilitate a business process transformation that fosters a culture of productivity and continuous improvement. Download the free copy of Success Story: Sisters of Mercy Health. (This headline is sponsored by IBM.) [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Counterintuitive Thinking During Difficult Times: Bold Growth Strategies
Designing revenue growth strategies that are bold in nature and accelerating the implementation of those strategies are fundamental to the success of healthcare organizations, says contributor Mark Dubow. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Duke Raleigh Hospital to extend expansion
Raleigh News & Observer ? December 30, 2009
Baptist Health South Florida flips to $131 million profit
South Florida Business Journal ? December 30, 2009
Massachusetts OKs $52 million expansion for South Shore Hospital
Boston Globe ? December 28, 2009
Senate Passes Health Reform Bill, 60-39
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media ? December 24, 2009
MaineGeneral seeks approval for new Augusta hospital
Maine Public Broadcasting Network ? December 23, 2009

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