HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - May 25, 2011
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Wanted: General Surgeons in Rural Regions
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
There is a dire need for rural-focused general surgery tracks within residency programs, but it's not just a medical school problem. It's a problem for hospital leaders, too, and ties in with the financial viability of services provided at rural hospitals. [Read More]
May 25, 2011
Editor's Picks

Senators Urge White House to Withdraw ACO Proposal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should withdraw its proposed rules governing accountable care organizations in part because of expensive start-up costs required, seven Republican lawmakers say in a letter to the Obama Administration. [Read More]

NPA Names 'Top 5' Cost Drivers in Primary Care
A study in an upcoming issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine has created a field-tested "Top 5" list of potentially unnecessary cost drivers for primary care that—if limited—could improve cost and efficiency. [Read More]

5% of Hospital Costs Attributed to Maternal Care
The U.S. spent $17.4 billion, or one of every $20 in hospital costs in 2008, on maternal care with delivery-related complications, according to a report published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. [Read More]

Webcast: Alternative ACO 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]

Leaders Forum

ACO or Not, Fairview Builds Shared Savings into All Payer Contracts
Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services has taken a model for shared savings and quality improvements and gradually embedded the concepts into all of its commercial insurance contracts. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Joplin hospital copes with tornado?s aftermath
The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2011
GA consumers hope law will provide cheaper health insurance
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 25, 2011
Airlines rely on traveling docs to answer emergency calls
The New York Times, May 24, 2011
LA lawmakers strip charity hospital money from budget
CBNC, May 24, 2011
KS Tornado devastates Joplin's St. John's Medical Center
News-Leader, May 23, 2011
A doctor's push for single-payer healthcare for all finds traction in VT
The New York Times, May 23, 2011
Few docs, hospitals exchanging patient data
Reuters Health, May 20, 2011


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Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care (June 9)


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