HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - March 17, 2010
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Retire And Go Fishing? Not For This Rural Florida Keys Doctor
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
In 1979, Surgeon Steven J. Smith set up practice in the Upper Keys of Florida because he wanted to be near a place where he could go fishing and boating. He'd stay there a year or two, he thought, and then move on. But he fell in love with the area and its people. And now, at age 61, he isn't even thinking of retiring or cutting back. [Read More]
March 17, 2010
Editor's Picks

RAC Audits Now a Potential Risk for Physicians
Looks like physicians aren't off the hook for Recovery Audit Contractor investigations. A new area for inquiry is the medically unlikely event or MUE, which will look for unusual billings by the same physician on the same day of service. [Read More]

Physicians Step Up Protests Against Medicare Cuts
Physicians may take action to push the repeal of SGR by limiting the number of days in the week they'll see patients whose care is reimbursed by Medicare. I wonder, from a practical standpoint, does this mean they'll limit the amount of time they allot on that day per patient? [Read More]

Computer-Controlled Pancreas Could Close the Diabetes Loop
My colleague Gienna Shaw has a fascinating article in this month's issue of HealthLeaders Magazine about a bionic pancreas, which could go a long way to helping people with diabetes manage their glucose and insulin balance. This month's issue is full of medical concepts and discoveries that could revolutionize the practice, and business, of medicine. [Read More]

Colorado Hospital Evaluates Missed Opportunities in Rapid Response Teams
Rapid response teams in hospitals have been great at saving lives within acute care facilities. But apparently there are areas for improvement. Colorado looked at a few of these missed opportunities. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

The New Sheriff in Town: The Unique Role of an Interim Manager: Part 2
Charles Van Sluyter has served as an interim healthcare executive for 15 hospitals in nine states. Interim management positions offer a "test drive" period for both the person hired and the client hospital for potentially converting to a permanent role. In part two of his series, Van Sluyter provides advice from his experience regarding interim work and helps you avoid common mistakes that might potentially sink the engagement. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

British hospitals: No sitting allowed
AP/Yahoo News ? March 17, 2010
Patients bear brunt as cancer care spending hits $90 billion
USA Today ? March 17, 2010
Use of surgical robots on rise in South Florida operating rooms
Miami Herald ? March 16, 2010
California health agency works with hospitals to reduce errors
Los Angeles Times ? March 16, 2010

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Audio Feature
California Rural Hospitals Want Right to Hire Doctors: Peggy Wheeler, vice president of the Rural Healthcare Center of the California Hospital Association, explains why the shortage of physicians in rural areas compels a change in the law so hospitals can directly employ physicians. Otherwise, doctors won't have financial security to work in areas with poor payer mixes or fewer patients than large urban areas, where doctors are in a more plentiful supply. [Listen Now]
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