HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - June 8, 2011
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Wyoming Hospitals Plan Integrated Care Network
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
The Wyoming Hospital Association and 13 hospitals may or may not become an accountable care organization, but they will focus on primary care and the patient-centered medical home. [Read More]
June 8, 2011
Editor's Picks

APIC, SHEA Seek to Block Infection Disclosure Rules in CA
A California lawsuit seeking to block state requirements that acute care facilities report surgical site infections is drawing support from The Association for Professional Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. [Read More]

6 Things to Know About the HIPAA Disclosures Proposed Rule
HIPAA experts say the major take-away from the HIPAA Privacy Rule disclosures proposed rule is the need to revisit existing auditing methods for disclosures of protected health information. That's just for starters. [Read More]

AL Hospital Data Theft Affects Thousands
A woman has been arrested by U.S. Postal Inspection Service authorities and charged with felony theft of five years' worth of medical information for thousands of patients treated at Trinity Medical Center, formerly Montclair Baptist Medical Center, in Birmingham, AL. [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]

Breakthroughs: The Coordinated ED
Your emergency department is at the forefront of access and quality. Dynamic health systems are maximizing the efficiency, throughput, and patient experience of today's ED in a shrinking reimbursement environment. In this free report, leading hospital systems—Scripps Health, Grady Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance—share insights and lessons learned on maximizing the ED. [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

Visits to ER rise despite MA health law
The Boston Globe, June 8, 2011
For veterans in rural areas, healthcare can be a battle
McClatchy Newspapers, June 8, 2011
SC to cut Medicaid payments to docs
The Post and Courier, June 7, 2011
NH hospitals say tax may cost jobs, services, June 6, 2011
UT man pays disputed doc's bill with 2.5K pennies
Deseret News, June 6, 2011
Lost medical records complicate Joplin hospital's tornado recovery
The Post-Dispatch, June 3, 2011
ACO initiative draws fire
The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2011


Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care (June 9)


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Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD., president and CEO of Methodist Health System in Dallas discusses what needs to happen to get hospitals excited about ACOs and what it will take to make ACOs sustainable.[Listen Now]
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