HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - December 1, 2010
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Top 5 Holiday Gifts for Physicians
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
As the clock runs down on 2010 and thoughts turn to year-end gifts, let us consider some other sought-after goodies for physicians and healthcare executives.[Read More]
December 1, 2010
Editor's Picks

10% of Family Docs Mull Shuttering Over Medicare Cuts
More than one in 10 family physicians may close their offices if Medicare slashes payments next year, according to an online survey of American Academy of Family Physicians members who have an ownership stake in their medical practices. [Read More]

3 in 4 ED Managers Report Shortage of Specialists
Emergency department directors are reporting inadequate on-call trauma coverage, and many report a loss or downgrade of their hospitals' trauma center designations, according to a survey in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine. The study's lead author says says 21% of ED deaths and permanent injury can be linked to shortages of specialty physician care. [Read More]

HHS Announces $290M Loan Program for Docs in Underserved Areas
The federal government has unveiled the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, which could reimburse primary care physicians and dentists up to $60,000 if they agree to practice for two years in medically underserved areas.[Read More]

$18M Fiber Optic Network to Open in NE
In a move that underscores the importance of highspeed digital communications for healthcare providers, The Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network, a consortium of nine hospitals and clinics in western Nebraska, has broken ground on a new $18 million fiber optic medical network that will extend across the Nebraska panhandle.[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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