HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - April 20, 2011
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CDC Reports Target Time-Strapped Health Leaders
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
A series of reports from CDC's Healthy Communities Program aims to help hospital executives and public health professionals put health communication research into practice.[Read More]
April 20, 2011
Editor's Picks

Hospital Hosts On-Site Legal Aid Services
Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City has launched a partnership with Legal Aid of Western Missouri that puts an attorney and a paralegal inside the hospital to help indigent patients address legal issues adversely impacting their health. [Read More]

Hospitals That Take Plastic Must Comply with PCI
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard applies to any entity that handles credit cards—including hospitals. But many are not fully aware of the security requirements. [Read More]

Shorter Hospital Stays for Uninsured Patients Compared to Insured
Compared to insured patients, the hospitalizations of uninsured patients are typically shorter and have a lower cost per stay, an April statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) has found. [Read More]

Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care—accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot. [Read More]

Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan
With the advent of the accountable care organization and reimbursement shifts from pay for performance to bundled payments, physician compensation plans must do more than ensure fair compensation for physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to learn how to craft compensation plans for integration and alignment. [Read More]

Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media on May 18 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs.[Read More]

Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media on May 11 for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. [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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This Week's Headlines

Michigan now lets doctors apologize liability-free
The Detroit News, April 20, 2011
Rural surgeons to get community website
InformationWeek, April 19, 2011
Opinion: EHRs face human hurdles more than technological ones
Scientific American, April 18, 2011
Doctors could learn something about medical handoffs from the Navy
Los Angeles Times, April 18, 2011
VT single-payer plan advances
VPR, April 15, 2011
AZ legislators OK insurance from outside state
Arizona Daily Star, April 15, 2011
Obama lays out plan for cutting Medicare, Medicaid
CNN, April 14, 2011
ONC: Time to 'double down' on putting patients first
Government Health IT, April 14, 2011


Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care (April 27)
Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era (May 11)
Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations (May 18)
Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures (May 18)
Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan (May 24)
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