HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - June 30, 2010
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From Fantasyland to Tomorrowland: Wireless Health for Rural Vets
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Learning about the promise of wireless health is like taking a journey through a medical Disneyland, a pathway from Fantasyland ... to Frontierland ... to Tomorrowland. But nowhere does the potential benefit for wireless health seem more real than in the area of healthcare for our nation’s veterans, three million of whom live in rural areas. [Read More]
June 30, 2010
Editor's Picks

Medicare Payments Face Another 6.1% Cut Under SGR
The physician pay cut has been big news, but like a monster, each time it goes back in its cave it gets bigger. In June it was 21%. In December it will be 23.5%. No wait, make that 30%. [Read More]

It's In the Bag: Bacteria Harbored In Reusable Grocery Bags May Be Causing Foodborne Illness
Who knew? This sample testing of polypropylene grocery bags that are supposed to be environmentally correct may in fact harbor harmful bacterial growth from those dripping meats—and gym shoes—the bags might have carried. Don't throw the bags away and revert to plastic. Just wash them. [Read More]

Hospitals Face Three-Day Payment Window Changes
How hospitals have been trying to comply with the Three-Day rule, apparently, has been all over the map. New guidelines signed by the President June 25 clarify the issue, but may not mean good news for hospital balance sheets. And there's a rub: it's still way too confusing. [Read More]

Treat Your Doctors Like Pilots
Senior editor Philip Betbeze interviewed a surgeon-pilot-physician consultant who offers some exciting ideas about a culture change in hospital teamwork. No surprise that he wants it to be like aviation. The doctor is the pilot, taking guidance from air traffic control, a team approach that can shave 20% from costs. [Read More]

Leaders Forum

It is Time to Act
With the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, major change will be coming to the way healthcare is organized, delivered, and managed in the United States. Healthcare leaders have been dealing with constant change for the past 30 years, but now the rate of change will need to accelerate in order to achieve success in a reformed healthcare environment. [Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

West Penn hospital consolidation to cost 1,500 jobs
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State blames CHOC in wrong-site surgery
The Orange County Register - June 29, 2010
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The New York Times - June 29, 2010
Hospitals tangled in owners' troubles
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - June 28, 2010

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