HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - May 4, 2011
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H-1B Visa Recruiting Season Underway
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
In rural areas, international medical graduates help fill the physician shortage. The application period for visas began April 1, but this year it appears there will be enough to meet demand. [Read More]
May 4, 2011
Editor's Picks

MGMA: Medical Director Duties, Compensation Vary Widely
A physician medical director can add thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to his or her compensation package for duties that may involve recruitment, clinical peer review, care planning, strategic development, and meeting attendance, a Medical Group Management Association survey finds. [Read More]

Hospital Labor Costs Inch Up in Q1
Total compensation costs for hospital employees rose 0.5% in the first quarter of 2011, slightly below the rise in total compensation costs for all workers in private industries, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Cost Index shows. [Read More]

ED Physicians Sound Alarm on Overcrowding
Emergency physicians have sounded another warning cry about overcrowding following results from a March survey showing that 80% of their departments have seen increases in visits in the last year. [Read More]

Impact Analysis: Leaders Respond to CMS' Proposed ACO Regulations
The proposed regulations are indeed out, but what do they really mean to your organization and the industry? Get reactions from leaders at hospitals, health plans, and physician practices that are already well-versed in ACOs, including Monarch Healthcare, Alegent Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan /Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Geisinger Health System, Dean Health System, and Scripps Health. [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]

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]
This Week's Headlines

NY HIE connects four hospitals
Government Health IT, May 4, 2011
HI hospitals collaborate on nurse residency program
Star Advertiser, May 4, 2011
TX Children's hospitals face brunt of Medicaid cuts
Texas Tribune, May 3, 2011
AL hospital copes in tornado's aftermath
The Crimson White, May 2, 2011
ACO rules limit patient telehealth options
InformationWeek, May 2, 2011
LA Sen. Vitter raps new LSU hospital plan
The Times-Pacayune, April 29, 2011
Medical community works to trim hospital errors, April 28, 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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David Nichols: Primary Care Doc, Pilot Puts Patients First

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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