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A Call for Standardized Infection Detection Practices
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
A review of pediatric intensive care units turns up variability among catheter-associated bloodstream infection practices and raise a compelling argument to standardize the way all hospitals look for such infections, not just in pediatric institutions, but in adult acute care facilities, too.[Read More]
September 29, 2010
Editor's Picks

Hospitals Brace for a Financial Pounding
Senior Editor Philip Betbeze interviews lots of C-suite healthcare executives. But he finds, as do I, that many don't have good answers about how to position their organizations for the coming age of healthcare reform regulation. At least not yet. [Read More]

ACP Offers Ethical Guidelines for Wellness Program Incentives
We've all wondered what would happen if health insurers and/or employers simply started paying people—with serious, really big incentives—to get or stay healthy. Are there ethical problems with that? Senior editor John Commins explores a view from the American College of Physicians.[Read More]

CFOs: What 2011 Holds for Hospitals
Senior editor Karen Minich-Pourshadi, back from a brief leave, is in our magazine this month with some interesting views from corporate health leaders about the industry's financial future.[Read More]

CT Breach Notification Case Proves HITECH's Worth
Senior Editor Dom Nicastro, who covers information data regulation for us, writes about HITECH and how preventing privacy breaches are becoming increasingly important, and expensive, issues for health leaders. One reason, actually 166, are listed on the Office of Civil Rights breach notification website. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive report based on original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more.

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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]
This Week's Headlines

Groups sue Colorado to halt decision on rural hospital anesthesia
The Denver Post– September 29, 2010
Sebelius: Health Insurers Finally Get Some Oversight
The Wall Street Journal– September 28, 2010
Mayo worker put patients at risk for hepatitis
The Los Angeles Times– September 27, 2010
Blue Cross, HealthPartners suspend some health plan sales
The Star-Tribune– September 24, 2010

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Strategies for Hospital C-suite Organization
  We all know who holds the ultimate power in the C-suite, but what's the ideal balance of power among its other leaders? How do you get your top lieutenants working together as a team rather than as little tyrants lording over their healthcare fiefdoms?[Read More]