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Community Hospital War Pits University Against the Rest of Region's Healthcare System
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
It's a rare day when you see a hospital CEO get angry in public. But that's what happened last week when Chris Van Gorder, CEO of five-hospital Scripps Health in San Diego, learned that his system's long-time rival will build a 245-bed hospital that is twice as big as he says he was led to believe. [Read More]
April 7, 2010
Editor's Picks

10 Issues New CMS Administrator Will Face
Whoever takes the job of payer-in-chief—the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—will lead an agency that has arguably more power than any other in changing the delivery of healthcare. But first, the new leader will have some dragons to slay. [Read More]

New Report Criticizes State Medical Boards for Not Disciplining More Docs
In this annual series of report cards on how states police bad doctors, Public Citizen again focuses on Minnesota, the worst in terms of the rate that its doctors face disciplinary action. Serious actions increased overall, however. [Read More]

Medical Breakthroughs That Will Change Healthcare
This is our March HealthLeaders magazine cover story. Senior Technology Editor Gienna Shaw takes a look at some exciting technologies that will change the delivery of care. [Read More]

LifePoint Acquires Rural Medical Center, Will Build New Hospital
This large hospital chain based in Tennessee has big plans for its acquisition of Clark Regional Medical Center in Kentucky. The new $60 million facility will replace a 43-year-old hospital with 100 beds. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Strategic Alliances to Outsource or Vend IT
Among the most significant benefits derived from strategic alliances is that participants can save money and reduce their risks through capital and resource sharing, says contributor Susan Patton. Strategic alliances offer opportunities to leverage economies of scale to decrease unit costs for goods and services and to increase quality and access specialized services, resources and personnel, such as IT, she says. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

New healthcare law is full of unknowns
Los Angeles Times ? April 5, 2010
Kroger shuts 20 Little Clinic locations
The Tennessean ? April 7, 2010
Texas doctors seeking support to replace Medicare reimbursement formula
Dallas Morning News ? April 6, 2010
CA-based John Muir Health to notify 5,450 patients of data breach
San Francisco Business Times ? April 6, 2010

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Five Proven Steps to Improve Patient Satisfaction Scores (May 19)
Seamless Systems of Care: Better Alignment, Coordination, and Outcomes (June 2)
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