HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - June 15, 2011
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White House Council Aims to Boost Access to Rural Health
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
Rural healthcare gets some much-needed federal attention via a newly formed White House council and a renewed push for health IT and better access to healthcare. [Read More]
June 15, 2011
Editor's Picks

ED Diversion Raises Heart Attack Mortality
Heart attack patients have a higher risk of dying within a year if the closest emergency department is on diversion as opposed to operating normally on the day they get sick, according to a Robert Wood Johnson-funded study. [Read More]

Healthcare Partnership Targets KY's Medically Underserved
Three major healthcare organizations in Kentucky have announced plans to form a statewide healthcare system linking hospitals, clinics, specialty institutions, home health agencies, satellite primary care centers, and physician groups across 91 locations.[Read More]

Top 10 Clinical Integration, ACO Physician Questions
Physicians are naturally and appropriately skeptical of the new arrangements that will impact not only how they get compensated, but also how they care for their patients. Here are 10 of their most frequently asked questions. [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]

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast. Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health—first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery. [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

Blue Shield of CA Announces $180M Refund, Cap on Income
HealthLeaders Media, June 8, 2011
Make EHRs More Like Cars, Healthcare CIOs Say
InformationWeek, June 13, 2011
Hospital violence reportedly rising
Dayton Daily News, June 15, 2011
IN safety net hospital ends bariatric surgery program
Indianapolis Star, June 10, 2011
North Adams (MA) Regional Hospital files for Chapter 11
The Berkshire Eagle, June 14, 2011
Salem (OR) Hospital switches to inmate labor, June 9, 2011
Mystery shoppers may be used to check up on TN doctors
The Tennessean, June 13, 2011


Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center (June 23)

Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era (July 20)

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs (August 16)


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