HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - March 2, 2011
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Build a Better Small Hospital
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
Most small, rural hospitals haven't been designed to overcome their most vexing challenges: short funds and thin staffs. Now hospital leaders have an opportunity to redesign what the small hospital of the future looks like.[Read More]
March 2, 2011
Editor's Picks

Wellness Programs Show Hard-dollar Savings
Until recently, it's been difficult to consistently demonstrate savings generated by wellness programs. But a just-published, four-year study finds that over several years, healthcare costs of wellness program participants rose at demonstrably slower rates than a control group. [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]

Top 12 Most-Read HealthLeaders Stories February 2011
Our hot stories in February were about HIPAA-scoffing hospital staff, a major management shakeup at HCA, Medicare fraud busts, the rise of a nurse practitioner to medical staff president, and barriers to success with telemedicine systems. [Read More]

Prescription Instructions Confuse Even Educated Patients
Following instructions to take multiple medications a day is a complex task that led 85% of patients in a study to incorrectly administer doses. Now researchers are calling for a Universal Medication Scheduling system. [Read More]

Primary Care With a Twist: Docs Go Uninsured
A Seattle physician shuns insurance and puts his beliefs into practice. The power of shopping and the free market, he says, will cut prices for medical care, and remove the complexity—at least from the primary care system.[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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For 31 years, David B. Nichols, MD, has been commuting once a week to Tangier Island, VA, piloting his own plane or helicopter. The 15-minute flight over the Chesapeake takes Nichols to an area where the residents have triple the rate of disease he has seen any place else. Now, as Nichols oversees final touches on the launch of a modern health clinic on the island, he actively faces his own mortality.[Listen Now]
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