HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - June 22, 2011
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Rural Telemed Program 'Literally a Life-Saver'
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
Citing double-digit reductions in overall hospital mortality, critical care mortality, length of stay in the ICU, and reductions in length of stay for ICU patients' entire hospital visit, Banner Health extends its remote monitoring and telemedicine capabilities to rural facilities. [Read More]
June 22, 2011
Editor's Picks

Mortality Risk in STEMI Patients Linked to Slow Transfers
Nearly 90% of patients with ST Segment elevation myocardial infarction who go to hospitals that lack catheterization capability, have a 56% higher risk of mortality when they aren't transferred to a suitable hospital within the recommended 30 minutes. [Read More]

CDC: Sepsis Cost $14.6B in 2008
The number of septicemia and sepsis hospitalizations more than doubled between 2000 and 2008, resulting in costlier hospitals stays and more problematic or fatal outcomes for patients with the bloodstream infections, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [Read More]

How to Start Trimming Labor Costs
Payroll leaks are the unintentional overspending on labor through lost productivity or unnecessary overtime?and they are a good place to look for little losses that add up. Working together, finance and human resource leaders can make a big difference. [Read More]

Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center
Date: June 23, 2011
About: Get in-the-trenches management tools and techniques to grow your ED's bottom line. Learn how Heartland Health revamped processes and increased revenue from $15 million to $33.5 million and turned its ED into a profit center with a 40% margin. [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

Rounds: Leaders Detail Care Coordination Strategies
Senior healthcare leaders from three health systems have presented detailed, diverse strategies for coordinating care and aligning reimbursement at Gundersen Lutheran Health System. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

In Physician Recruiting, Local Needs Trump National Trends
HealthLeaders Media, June 20, 2011
Health clinics play key role in Indiana quality, Beacon programs
Government Health IT, June 22, 2011
Medicaid for the middle class?
NPR/Associated Press, June 22, 2011
Hospitals courting primary care doctors
The Washington Post, June 21, 2011
Obama administration to stop new waivers for healthcare overhaul
The Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2011
TX House tentatively approves prisoner healthcare fee
The Texas Tribune, June 17, 2011
ACOs and shared savings: Can IT get you there?, June 16, 2011
IL hospital plans fail to meet state standards
TribLocal, June 16, 2011
CO nurse accused of stealing IDs of hospital patients, June 16, 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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