HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - May 19, 2010
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A Mammogram As A Metaphor For Patient-Centered Care
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Mammograms are optional, and one can generally choose where to have them. So it seems to me that screening centers should do their best to make an accurate scan as simple, easy and fast as possible, with results provided on the spot. And it might save providers money by avoiding wasted administrative time trying to communicate with patients and their physicians. But, that's not the way it happens for most women today, and that's too bad. [Read More]
May 19, 2010
Editor's Picks

SoCal Hospitals Work On Way to Get Around Physician Employment Ban
To challenge the state's ban against the corporate practice of medicine, hospitals in five Los Angeles-area counties want to create foundation pools that would contract with physicians. This would especially help rural areas, but organized medicine groups remain opposed. [Read More]

Shame on Wall Street, But Shame on Healthcare Leaders Too
HealthLeaders Media Senior Finance Editor Karen Minich-Pourshadi vents umbrage about the failure of the healthcare industry's leaders to stick up for patients when premium hikes started zooming out of control. Her thoughts are in line with several surveys that suggest large numbers of health providers don't have a clue of what the care they provide actually costs their patients and payers. [Read More]

Joint Commission Announces Plans to Expand Heart Failure Certification Program
Heart failure is the biggest reason for readmission, creates an enormous financial burden for payers and hospitals, and now, we know, can be far better managed to prevent progression of disease. Now the Joint Commission is stepping up efforts to accredit hospitals for providing heart failure programs that focus on the continuum of care. [Read More]

Domo Arigato, Doctor Roboto
Dr. R2D2 will see you now. Senior Technology Editor Gienna Shaw describes the expansion of robot technology, which allows providers to examine patients in real time, even if they are far away. Tele-rounding with a face in a monitor may seem like a marketing gimmick, but is more efficient, improves patient satisfaction, and may very well be worth the initial expense. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Even in Today's Economy, Creative Solutions Get Hospital Projects Built
It's possible, even in today's economic climate, for new hospital construction projects to get off the ground. Collaboration and commitment are enabling hospitals of all sizes to be built in a down economy. Old playbooks don't have to be entirely discarded, but they must be revised and adjusted to accommodate a reconfigured playing field, say contributors J. Todd Robinson, AIA, and Alan P. Richman. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Hospital officials dispel allegations of 'beauty salon' in infant care unit
Los Angeles Times – May 19, 2010
Study finds surge in kids hospitalized with MRSA
Wall Street Journal – May 18, 2010
Wireless health institute gets $20 million injection
San Diego Union-Tribune – May 14, 2010
GOP targets nominee to run health agency, contends Berwick would ration care
Boston Globe – May 13, 2010

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