HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - January 13, 2010
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Rural Minnesota Hospital Survives a Fight with the Feds
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
The five-year False Claims Act litigation against a 15-bed critical access hospital in remote Western Minnesota has ended. Wheaton Community Hospital and Medical Center, which serves a 1,600-population farm community, will not have to close. Last week, Wheaton Community settled the case and agreed to pay Uncle Sam $846,000 (plus another $187,000 in attorney's fees) so that the draining saga would no longer monopolize the city's resources. [Read More]
January 13, 2010
Editor's Picks

Heartland Health CEO Talks Value
With the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award under its belt, Heartland Health is emerging as a leader in quality. My colleague Philip Betbeze talked with Heartland's physician CEO, Mark Laney, MD, about how the system achieved this honor. [Read More]

Elderly Man Burned to Death in Detroit-area Hospital
In the category of strange and bizarre, a psychiatric patient was apparently found in flames in his bed at a hospital in Southeastern Michigan. The patient's death was initially characterized as a homicide, and the incident may be a cautionary tale for management of fragile patients. [Read More]

Seven Tips to Comply with HITECH Requirements
Good ideas for complying with new HIPAA and HITECH rules that take effect next month are explained in this story from Senior Managing Editor Dom Nicastro. The feds are expected to release new breach notification requirements soon. [Read More]

FDA Issues Four Wound Care Precautions
Wound care is increasingly important in health facilities, which face penalties if patients develop decubitis ulcers while under care. The FDA issued a warning on precautions for the use of negative pressure wound therapies. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Counterintuitive Thinking During Difficult Times, Part 2: Bold Growth Strategies
In Part 1 of this article, contributor Marc Dubow said bold revenue growth strategy requirements can have a huge impact. In Part 2, Dubow looks at the driving forces which management teams and boards need to enact in order to achieve a bold growth strategy. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Kaiser patient medical records compromised
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Is sorry the hardest word in healthcare?
New York Times ? January 11, 2010

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