HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - January 26, 2011
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Rural Healthcare Needs the ACA
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
A study showing robust rates of surgical services for rural Americans cannot be taken at face value. Overall healthcare services for this group are sorely lacking, but provisions within the Affordable Care Act may help?if the law stays on the books intact.[Read More]
January 26, 2011
Editor's Picks

Poll: Physicians Bearish on Healthcare Reform
The majority of physicians (65%) believe healthcare will deteriorate within the next five years, while only 18% expect it will improve under reform, a Thomson Reuters and HCPlexus survey finds. [Read More]

How Grumpy Patients Can Cost Hospitals Big Bucks
Patient experience is subjective, but survey data may show that patients from certain regions are easier to please than others. This matters because under proposed federal regulations, 30% of a hospital's value-based purchasing score will be weighted on patient experience scores. [Read More]

Cancer Costs May Rise 27% by 2020
Cancer costs, predicted to climb to $158 billion in 2020, pose a challenge for policymakers charged with allocating future resources for research, treatment, and prevention, researchers say.[Read More]

How to Make Millions in Hospital Revenue Reappear
Consistency is the backbone of all things healthcare, but even more so in finance, because if you are inconsistent, especially with your payers, you're likely to lose money. The ability to correctly and consistently execute charge capture can be confounding, but worthwhile. [Read More]

Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Medical specialties are tied back to hospitals and health systems like never before; nowhere are the resulting alignment challenges more acute than in the cardiac service line, where independent practices find themselves seeking the financial shelter of integration. Join us on February 15 live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share in the lessons from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. [Read More]

Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services
Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts.[Read more]
Leaders Forum

Top 10 Healthcare Quality Issues for 2011
Here are the top quality challenges healthcare providers will face in 2011—many, such as imaging exposure effects, central line infections, and medical data breaches dominated headlines in 2010. [Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

AMA Wants Uniform Reentry Guidelines for Physicians
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As GOP Readies Attack on Healthcare Reforms, HHS Touts Benefits
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Medicare Fraud Recovery Totaled $4B in 2010
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OCR Patient Data Breach List Hits Milestone
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