HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - February 9, 2011
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Rural Providers' EHR Advocate to Step Down
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
Federal HIT chief David Blumenthal, MD, has not been shy about putting his (employer's) money where his mouth is. Let's hope his successor keeps an eye out for rural healthcare providers and continues to support their efforts to implement electronic health record systems.[Read More]
February 9, 2011
Editor's Picks

Gawande on Checklists: Why Don't Hospitals Use Them?
Surgeon and author Atul Gawande speaks to a hospital audience about how hard it is to get providers to adopt checklists, even with so much evidence that they improve care and reduce complications. [Read More]

Getting Hospitalist Compensation Right
There's little doubt that hospital medicine physicians offer welcome relief for internists interested in staying in their offices. Determining how to compensate them appropriately hinges on creating compensation structures that factor in more than just a dollar figure, says one expert. [Read More]

HIPAA Violations Remind Hospitals to Reinforce Privacy Rules
A spate of high-profile HIPAA violations serves as a reminder that the toughest fight in the battle to keep medical records private may be the one against human curiosity.[Read More]

RFID 100% Accurate in Surgical Sponge Tracking Test
A blinded clinical trial of radio frequency identification chips resulted in an accuracy rate far better than traditional counting or use of radiographs for tracking surgical sponges. [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]

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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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