HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - February 2, 2011
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Cath Lab Expansions Reconsidered
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
Hospitals seeking to profit from rising rates of heart disease often contemplate building cardiac catheterization labs. Researchers, however, say more effective regional strategies for treating patients with ST-segment myocardial infarction put into question the wisdom of moving ahead with the capital expenditure of adding cath labs.[Read More]
February 2, 2011
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Hospital Labor Costs Ratchet Up; Wage Growth Still Slow
Total compensation costs—wages, salaries, and benefits—for hospital employees rose 2.1% in 2010, just above the 2% rise in total compensation costs for all workers in the larger economy, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Cost Index shows. [Read More]

Evidence-Based Care Gaps Pervasive, Researchers Say
Healthcare systems around the world are failing to use evidence obtained through research, according to Sharon E. Straus, MD, MSc, FRCPC, a geriatrician and director of knowledge translation at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. The result: reduced length and quality of life. [Read More]

Cancer MRSA Screenings of ICU Patients Can Reduce Hospital Costs
Aggressive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening of patients upon admission to the intensive care unit is cost-effective for American hospitals, study shows.[Read More]

Technology a Key Driver to ACO Adoption
As healthcare organizations begin to explore accountable care models, one thing is clear—technology will play a huge role. Organizations that are leading the way toward ACOs talked about how they'll use technology to reach their goals in the most recent HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, The Bridge to Accountable Care Organizations. [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]

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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