HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - January 20, 2010
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Can Art—And Artie Shaw—Reduce Health Costs and Improve Patient Satisfaction?
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Doctors and hospitals are increasingly realizing that exposure to music and art isn't just a cosmetically pleasing, cute trinket in a healthcare setting. It can actually improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs, which are both very high attention getters for the C-suite and the boardroom, experts say. [Read More]
January 20, 2010
Editor's Picks

Senate Bill Would Save Safety Net Hospitals Billions in Inpatient Pharmacy Costs
With special implications for critical access hospitals with 25 or fewer beds, a provision in the Senate health reform bill would allow critical access hospitals to pay 25% less for pharmaceutical products. The program, called "340B," has been limited to safety net hospitals and outpatient care. [Read More]

Pilot Projects Can Show Promise, But Often Come up Short
Demonstration projects, and there are tons of them proposed in health reform legislation, sound good. But making sure that those which look beneficial can translate their positive scores to the real world has been challenging. Our new senior editor, Joe Cantlupe, explores the demonstration project pitfalls in his first column. [Read More]

Recession Could Be Hurting Medication Safety, Says Survey
The recession has taken its toll on patient safety, according to this survey from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Lower patient census has been absorbed through reductions in staff, fewer hours for the medication safety officer, and delayed transition to error prevention technologies. [Read More]

Hospital Growth at Your Own Risk
My colleague Philip Betbeze explores the growth trajectory for hospitals, and it isn't necessarily in inpatient care. Health reform legislation is about improving access, but not about bending the cost-curve just yet, but that may come soon enough. His interview with Dennis Vonderfecht, president and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance, revealed some cautions. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

The Top 10 Mistakes in Setting Goals
For years healthcare leaders have been evaluated by means of a "Does Not Meet/Meets/Exceeds" scale. But a far more fair method is the use of a clear, objective, and weighted evaluation based on specific goal achievement, says contributor Bill Bielenda. However, initial implementation of this leader evaluation system can be challenging for some organizations. Here, Bielenda provides the top 10 most common mistakes made during the first year of rollout and how they can be handled. [Read More]
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From HealthLeaders Magazine
Five Strategies that Prove Healthcare is Still a Growth Industry
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The Sports Center
Famous athletes and big sports programs may be the public face of sports medicine, but at its core are local communities and, increasingly, the unconventional athlete. [Read More]
Audio Feature
Improve Patient Safety With Simulation Training: Nurse Educator Mary Holtschneider, RN, BC, BSN, MPA, NREMT-P, speaks about the surprisingly affordable ways to utilize simulation training and how it can improve patient safety. [Listen Now]
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