HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - September 8, 2010
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5 Tips for Avoiding Diagnostic Errors
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
One in 10 medical diagnoses may be wrong. Doctors are missing an enormous opportunity to save lives, prolong or improve lives, avoid waste in the healthcare system and save money. A patient safety expert shares five ways to begin addressing what is an imperfect system.[Read More]
September 8, 2010
Editor's Picks

Tort Reform's Impact on Lowering Medical Malpractice Litigation Costs May Be Limited
For all the controversy over the estimated cost of defensive medicine and the need for tort reform, it turns out there might be bigger bangs for the buck. A Health Affairs article suggests that health reform's goal, to remove incentives that reward provider volume and instead reward quality, might go much further to reduce cost. [Read More]

3 Tips For HIPAA Privacy Officers
HIPAA expert Dom Nicastro offers tips to get ahead of the breach regulations even before they are promulgated. These rules will have important implications for privacy safeguards.[Read More]

Competitors Lead Hospital's Financial Turnaround
Senior editor Philip Betbeze discusses the success in California where hospitals vying with each other for patients have found benefits from cooperation. You don't hear about this very often, but our sources tell us more good news like this is sure to come. [Read More]

Executives Gone Wild: Paying the Price for Personal Conduct
They say airplane crashes come in threes. But C-suite crashes seem to come in nines and tens. There's been a rash of them of late, as our senior editor John Commins writes with his collection of cautionary tales.[Read More]

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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]
This Week's Headlines

California regulators seek up to $9.9 billion in fines from PacifiCare
The Los Angeles Times– September 8, 2010
Berwick: Surer footing for Medicare
The Washington Post– September 3, 2010
CA Hospitals, health centers planning new facilities, expansions
North Bay Business Journal– September 7, 2010
More Philadelphia-area health systems requiring employees to get flu shots
The Philladelphia Inquirer – September 7, 2010

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