HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - June 1, 2011
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ACO Incentives for Rural Participants Unconvincing
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
Rural healthcare providers have been skeptical about participating in accountable care organizations, and federal incentives may do little to persuade them.[Read More]
June 1, 2011
Editor's Picks

Thomson Reuters Names Top 10 Health Systems
Health Systems in Illinois and Massachusetts account for half of the 2011 list. Winners were selected from among 285 U.S. health systems based on their performance in eight areas including mortality, patient safety, and readmissions.[Read More]

White House Relaxes PCIP Requirements to Kick-Start Enrollments
Applicants seeking coverage under the federally administered Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will enjoy lower premiums and lighter admission requirements while agents and brokers will be paid to boost enrollment, the Obama administration has announced. [Read More]

Mobile Phones in Hospitals Pose Pathogen Threat, Researchers Say
Nearly 40% of mobile phones collected from hospital patients and visitors showed presence of pathogenic bacteria, such as multi-drug resistant staphylococcus aureus, but researchers failed to connect drug-resistant organisms on cell phones with actual in-hospital transmission to patients. [Read More]

Dartmouth Links Primary Care Quality to Actions, Not Numbers of Doctors
A Dartmouth report says that mortality and hospitalizations are significantly lower in areas where there are more primary care doctors who actually work full time taking care of patients in ambulatory care office or clinic settings. [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

MN hospitals teaming up against drug theft
Star Tribune/Associated Press, June 1, 2011
Q&A: Methodist Health CEO on an ACO Alternative
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2011
Add 'Healthcare Innovation Center' to Buzzwords List
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011
Fear of Lawsuits Drives Costs in ED, Says ACEP
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2011
'MASH' treats patients outside tornado-damaged Joplin hospital (OK), May 31, 2011
Hospitals face new pressure to cut infection rates
NPR, May 31, 2011
Joplin tornado injuries put strain on health system
Tulsa World, May 27, 2011
TN bill pushes interstate health insurance
The Tennessean, May 26, 2011
VT Governor Signs Single-Payer Bill
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 27, 2011


Webcast: Alternative ACO Strategies (June 7)
Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care (June 9)


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