HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - February 3, 2010
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A Captive Audience—and Providers—Benefit from Telemedicine
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Where might be the perfect setting to launch a successful telemedicine project? To maximize your investment in cameras and connections, you'd need a large number of patients with a mix of common yet treatable diseases. Having all your patients in one location for easy access would also tie the system together. So if you guessed the state prison system, you'd be right on the money. [Read More]
February 3, 2010
Editor's Picks

Surgeons Still Forgetting To Remove Objects from Patients
California, with its large number of acute care hospitals, seems like a good place to look for solutions to a problem reported with increasing frequency: retained foreign objects left in surgical cavities. State officials want to spend $800,000 in money from "immediate jeopardy" fines to help hospitals share prevention strategies. [Read More]

Meaningful Use Calls for Meaningful Risk Analysis
The words "meaningful use" are among the scariest in healthcare right now as providers grapple with what they really mean. My colleague Dom Nicastro offers some helpful tips. [Read More]

Is Steele the Man for CMS?
A year after President Bush left office, the critically important position of director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services remains vacant, leaving many providers wondering what to expect. HealthLeaders Media Editor Philip Betbeze explores the rumored nomination of Geisinger Health System's chief in this column. [Read More]

Insurer Survey Projects Double-Digit Health Plan Cost Increases in 2010
Ouch. News that health insurance premiums for employer-sponsored health plans may increase between 10.3% and 11.1% is a sobering concern. That's the conclusion from an industry consultant's survey, as reported by Joe Cantlupe, our senior editor for health plans. [Read More]

Live ED Overhaul Webcast on February 23
HealthLeaders Media Rounds: ED Overhaul: Reduce costs, improve quality, and increase satisfaction from 9 a.m.-noon, PST. This three–hour Webcast features discussion—including interactive Q&A—of the key issues impacting ED management. Hear top executives from Scripps Health, Tomball Regional Hospital, William Beaumont Hospital, and Methodist Healthcare share solutions to: crowding and wait times, streamlining the admission process, ED and hospital integration, staffing plans that reduce costs and increase coverage during peak hours, physician alignment, and quality and patient safety improvement. For more information and to register click here. To attend the program live on the Scripps La Jolla campus, click here.
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TRICARE Protests: Round 2
For organizations interested in federal healthcare contracting, the lessons from a series of TMA contracts and the protests that followed continue to be learned and, in some cases, forgotten. As the saying goes, "it ain't over until the fat lady sings"—and she's still waiting in the wings. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Study: Two hospitals at Dallas-based Methodist Health System have high ICU infection rates
Dallas Morning News ? February 3, 2010
Medicare pay cuts to doctors: A five-year fix?
Wall Street Journal Health Blog ? February 3, 2010
Healthcare overhaul still on table
Wall Street Journal ? February 2, 2010
North Vernon, IN, hospital buys bankrupt hospital's assets
AP/Chicago Tribune ? February 2, 2010

Webcasts/Audio Conferences

ED Overhaul: Reduce costs, improve quality, and increase satisfaction (February 23)
Physician Compensation Models in a Strained Economy (March 8)
Marketing Oncology: Service Line Strategies for Marketers (On Demand)
Joint Replacement Service Lines: Alignment and Business Strategies for a Changing Environment (On Demand)

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From HealthLeaders Magazine
Five Strategies that Prove Healthcare is Still a Growth Industry
Here is a review of growth opportunities that will increase revenue, decrease costs, or enhance services in the areas of leadership, finance, physicians, technology, health plans, quality, and outcomes. [Read More]
Service Line Management
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
Art and Music Improve Quality and Patient Satisfaction: Blair Sadler, former CEO of San Diego Rady Children's Hospital and now a senior fellow with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, tells us how hospitals are reducing patient's anxiety and need for anesthesia through the use of the arts. [Listen Now]
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