HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - March 16, 2011
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Disaster Preparedness Starts Here
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
The images of the earthquake and tsunami destruction in Japan are horrific; the human toll incalculable. It's natural to look on from afar and wonder, "Could it happen here?" Hospital leaders know it can. Now they also know where to find resources to train staff for catastrophe. [Read More]
March 16, 2011
Editor's Picks

Bleeder to Feeder: How an ED Turned Its Business Around
The challenges at one Texas hospital's emergency department were numerous, but they all boiled down to a left-without-being-seen rate of 8-10%. Here's how hospital leaders re-engineered the department and its processes and stopped seeing business walk out the door. [Read More]

MedPAC Calls for Pay Raise for Doctors, Hospitals
Physicians and other health professionals should receive a 1% pay boost for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in 2012, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission said in its annual list of reimbursement recommendations. [Read More]

10 Healthcare Reform Market Changes Affecting Physicians
While specific regulations from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are still evolving, marketplace trends and healthcare reform have clear implications for physicians regarding private payer initiatives, physician-hospital integration, and government action. [Read More]

Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. [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 169 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]

Leaders Forum

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 results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [Read More]

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform (March 29)
Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services (March 31)
Productivity Incentives for Direct Employment Compensation Models (On demand)
More Patients, Less Money, Higher Quality (On demand)

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For 31 years, David B. Nichols, MD, commuted once a week to Tangier Island, VA, piloting his own plane or helicopter. The 15-minute flight over the Chesapeake took Nichols to an area where the residents have triple the rate of disease he had seen any place else. In one of his final interviews, Nichols looked back on his legacy as a primary care leader.[Listen Now]
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