HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - April 27, 2011
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ACS Website Aims to Unite Rural Surgeons
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
With hundreds of miles sometimes separating rural surgeons, an online community from the American College of Surgeons aims to connect them via interactive discussions on patient cases, online events, and educational opportunities.[Read More]
April 27, 2011
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Despite ACA, Out-of-Pocket Medical Costs Lurk
Ninety percent of families living above the poverty level will be able to afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a Commonwealth Fund report shows. Families with high out-of-pocket medical costs, however may continue to struggle financially. [Read More]

CHS Says Government Consolidating Probes
Investigating agencies are "closely coordinating" a review of "overlapping claims" against hospital chain Community Health Systems, according to a federal motion. [Read More]

Payroll May Be Healthcare's Biggest Cost Driver
What is driving healthcare inflation? One obvious driver that we don't talk about much is the 14 million people who work in healthcare. [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]

Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital.[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]

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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

Dartmouth-Hitchcock to pay $2.2M in whistleblower suit
New Hampshire Union Leader, April 27, 2011
Ministries allow Christians to share healthcare costs
The Washington Post, April 27, 2011
Supreme Court won't expedite review of healthcare law
The Washington Post, April 26, 2011
Iowa hospices inspected only once every 20 years
Des Moines Register, April 25, 2011
Huge hospital markups burden patients
Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 22, 2011
NM, hospital may owe millions to feds
Santa Fe New Mexican, April 21, 2011
U. Wisconsin med school group ends drug firm funds
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 21, 2011
MN pols open to deal on Medicaid vouchers
Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 21, 2011
Oklahoma Senate approves fee on hospital revenue
Forbes, April 27, 2011


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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