HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - February 23, 2011
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The Case for Rural Hospitals
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
A New England governor frets that hospitals are being overbuilt in his state. But an aging population and a nation trying to extricate itself from recession point to hospital expansion as a healthy source of revenue and job creation.[Read More]
February 23, 2011
Editor's Picks

HIMSS 2011: Exchange is in the Air
Healthcare reform, meaningful use, interoperability, and privacy and security are hot topics among attendees at the annual CHIME and HIMSS conferences in Orlando this week, and this year there seems to be an increased emphasis on secure and accurate exchange of healthcare data. [Read More]

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]

Don't Let Physician Practice Acquisition Derail Your Back Office
In the haste to reach for success, many organizations fail to look at the practical consequences of an acquisition. Here's how one healthcare system met the challenges of administering back office processes jolted by sudden growth. [Read More]

Coordinating Care Through Physician Outsourcing
Outsourcing of physician talent is not just for the ED anymore. From the rise of hospitalists to anesthesia and beyond, companies with hundreds of physicians under contract are expanding their relationships with hospitals as goals for quality, patient safety, and throughput become more critical to maximizing reimbursement. [Read More]

Robotic Scrub Nurses Could Boost OR Efficiencies
Hand gesture recognition and other robotic nurse innovations might one day help improve operating room efficiency, and reduce the length of a surgery and the potential for infection, researchers say.[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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This Week's Headlines

HCA public offering may earn Frist family $15M
The Tennessean, February 23, 2011
Stanford's $3.5B hospital expansion proposal takes step forward
The Mercury News, February 21, 2011
Wrong patient got kidney at USC
Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2011
Hospital officials: St. Louis VA center is safe
St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP, February 18, 2011
Are Your Business Associates Accountable for HIPAA Compliance?
HealthLeaders Media, February 23, 2011
Safer Scans: Four Steps to Reduce Radiation
HealthLeaders Media, February 13, 2011

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