HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - February 16, 2011
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Quality, Safety Top Rural Health Leaders' Priorities
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
Insight into the priorities of rural healthcare executives reveals little affection for the Patient Protection Act, and a high regard for nurses, data collected in the annual HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey shows.[Read More]
February 16, 2011
Editor's Picks

Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction
Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [Read More]

Hospice Rates Rise, But Hospitalizations Remain High
While the use of hospice among Medicare patients with congestive heart failure climbed from 19% in the year 2000 to 40% in 2007, "the potential for hospice to prevent costly hospitalizations has yet to be fully realized," researchers say. [Read More]

Federal Budget Pleases Doctors, Not Hospitals
The major trade groups for healthcare providers offered a decidedly mixed reaction to President Barack Obama's Fiscal 2012 budget proposal, with doctors praising the plan and hospitals panning it. [Read More]

Does E-Health Stand a Remote Chance?
The 508-staffed-bed Loyola University Medical Center implemented its telehealth program about four years ago as a way to increase after-hours coverage at its 14-bed pediatric ICU to improve patient safety and quality. As technology advances and costs fall, the use of telemedicine expands, but obstacles to achieving e-health success remain.[Read More]

Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]

Leaders Forum

RAC Tip: How to Determine Inpatient Admission Date, Time
While Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released guidance on hospital inpatient admission decisions, it remains a hot-button issue for hospitals that wish to avoid Recovery Audit Contractor audits. [Read More]

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