HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - November 17, 2010 View as a Webpage | Subscribe for Free

Rural Doc Settles Federal Charges
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
A physician and professor known for his expertise in rural healthcare has agreed to leave the Veterans Administration and will receive a settlement in excess of $469,000 following his acquittal last month of federal charges that he violated conflict-of-interest laws.[Read More]
November 17, 2010
Editor's Picks

AHRQ: Rate of Adverse Events in Medicare Cases 'Disturbing'
One in seven Medicare beneficiaries suffers an adverse event during a hospital stay, and those events, nearly half of them preventable, contributed to at least 15,000 deaths in a single month, a federal study has found. The adverse events included the National Quality Forum Serious Reportable Events; Medicare hospital-acquired conditions; and events resulting in prolonged hospital stays, permanent harm, life-sustaining intervention, or death. [Read More]

Rural Doctor Resurrects Health Clinic, Embraces EHR
Senior editor Joe Cantlupe introduces a tenacious advocate for rural healthcare. Many of her patients on the Mississippi Delta cannot pay, are "incredibly sick," and wouldn't have a clue what a wellness program is. But Roman Catholic nun, physician, and former patient Anne Brooks, DO, is bridging the gap between rural poverty and health information technology. [Read More]

Hospital Sues WV Over Medicaid Reimbursements
Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. filed notice this week that it will sue the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and subsidiary Bureau for Medical Services for low Medicaid reimbursements that threaten the financial viability of Beckley ARH Hospital. In fiscal year 2009, the health system says, the 173-bed, not-for-profit BARH received only $9.9 million for the $14.7 million the hospital spent to treat Medicaid patients. "If the state had put in just $800,000 more, the federal government would have matched it with an additional $4 million," Rocco Massey, CEO of BARH, says. "That would have covered BARH's Medicaid deficit in fiscal year 2009."[Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions
Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. More Analysis »

HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. More Analysis »
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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