HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - January 27, 2010
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Critical Access Hospitals Could Benefit from Drug Discounts
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
A Senate Finance health reform proposal would, for the first time, allow critical access facilities to participate in the federal 340B program. That would mean about 1,300 critical access hospitals with fewer than 26 beds would be able to buy prescription medications for outpatient and inpatient use at discounts as much as 25%. [Read More]
January 27, 2010
Editor's Picks

Does Mandating Nurse-Patient Ratios Improve Care?
California was the first state to enact nurse-patient staff ratios, and it is under consideration in at least a dozen other states. But is there proof that the ratios improved patient safety, reduced errors, or resulted in improved patient satisfaction in California? Many nurses insist the hard-fought ratios improved retention, lessened a severe shortage, and improved their safety and morale. [Read More]

Grassley Takes Aim at Hospitals' Problems with Health IT Implementation
The Iowa Senator is worried that installing, learning, and using electronic health information systems may be too complex, expensive, problematic, and ultimately unworkable. He asked 31 hospitals to describe any nightmares they've had with implementation. [Read More]

Few Hospitals Use Social Media Effectively, Says Study
All the buzz about the use of social media in the marketing of medicine may be premature: Only 12% of hospital officials who launched social media to attract new patients said it helped them attain that goal, according to a survey. But, experts say, this is only the beginning. [Read More]

Meteorite Crashes into Virginia Doctors' Office
Don't look up. In the category of weird and bizarre, a grapefruit-sized meteorite punched a hole through the roof, insulation, and ceiling of a physician's office in Lorton, VA. The cops laughed, but stopped when they realized it really was magnetized. [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]
This Week's Headlines

Top surgeon Atul Gawande urges doctors to use checklist
USA Today ? January 27, 2010
How much will Medicare spending rise in the coming decade?
Wall Street Journal Health Blog ? January 27, 2010
While technology surges, radiation safeguards lag
New York Times ? January 27, 2010
Report: Philadelphia hospital's violations led to waiting-room death
Philadelphia Inquirer ? January 22, 2010

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