HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - May 18, 2011
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Ban on Hiring Rural Doctors in Texas is Over
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
A new Texas law allows rural Texas hospitals to employ physicians, ending a longstanding ban. The legislation dismantles one of the state's hurdles to physician recruitment and retention in rural areas. [Read More]
May 18, 2011
Editor's Picks

ACO Concerns Elicit Enticements from CMS' Berwick
In response to widespread objections to proposed federal rules on accountable care organizations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services director Don Berwick, MD, is wooing providers with programs designed to speed payments and education. [Read More]

Federal Audits Find HIT Security Problems at CMS, ONC
Audits of two federal agencies charged with implementing and monitoring security measures for healthcare information technology have identified lax oversight and insufficient standards for healthcare providers. [Read More]

Malpractice Bill Ready for Full House
A bill which would impose a limit on the medical liability costs paid by healthcare providers, passed through the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee last week. [Read More]

Webcast: Beyond Medicare Shared Savings: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies
Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. [Read More]

Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care
Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen's clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation's health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. [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]

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

Fewer ERs available as need rises
The New York Times, May 18, 2011
ICU telemedicine intervention decreased mortality, hospital LOS
HemOnc Today, May 18, 2011
One way for hospitals to cut costs of tests
The Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2011
MO legislature sends doctor discipline bill to governor
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 16, 2011
SC Medicaid cuts may lead to hospital layoffs
The State, May 16, 2011
In VT, healthcare for all nears reality
The Burlington Free Press/Associated Press, May 13, 2011
Smartphone app enables accurate stroke diagnosis
InformationWeek, May 12, 2011


Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan (May 24)
Webcast: Beyond Medicare Shared Savings: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies (June 7)
Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care (June 9)


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