HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - May 11, 2011
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How Field Clinics Reduce One Hospital's ED Strain
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
By deploying field clinics across a 2,000-mile swath of rough terrain, North Carolina-based Albemarle Health is providing care to uninsured residents and seasonal workers, and reducing the burden on its emergency department. [Read More]
May 11, 2011
Editor's Picks

High-volume Hospitals Recommended for High-Risk Heart Transplants
Older, sicker heart transplant patients are more likely to be alive a year after their operations if they've been treated at hospitals that perform more than 15 transplants annually, study shows. [Read More]

ACOs Shine Spotlight on Physician Employment
Changes in physician reimbursement and the push toward accountable care organizations are driving providers to align quality, cost, and efficiency. The answer may lie in transitioning to a physician employment model, experts say. [Read More]

CMS' TeleMed Rule Eases Physician Credentialing
A rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to make it easier for small and critical access hospitals to use telemedicine to link with physicians and other larger hospitals or academic medical centers. The change will also make it easier for small hospitals in underserved areas to access specialty services such as teleradiology, teleICU, and telestroke.[Read More]

$76B in Pediatric Healthcare Costs Linked to Environmental Factors
Diseases in children caused by environmental contaminants - many of them preventable - cost an estimated $76.6 billion in 2008, according to a report in the journal Health Affairs. [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 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]

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]

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]

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

Study: 44M could lose Medicaid coverage under GOP plan
PBS NewsHour, May 11, 2011
Up to $49B unpaid by uninsured for hospitalizations
USA Today, May 11, 2011
Hospitals overhaul ERs to reduce mistakes
The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2011
HMA deal could alter healthcare in Knoxville
Knoxville News Sentinel, May 10, 2011
VT seeks health insurance for most residents
Boston Globe, May 9, 2011
AZ Hospital 'VIP' line speeds registration process
The Arizona Republic, May 9, 2011
IL nurses hope for more lenient licensing
Daily Herald, May 6, 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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