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Why Rural EDs Are Struggling to Survive
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
A statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shines a light on just how wide the gap is between rural and non-rural emergency departments. Low occupancy rates and hospital admissions; and a shortage of general surgeons and specialists are hurting the viability of rural facilities, one of the report's co-authors says. [Read More]
June 29, 2011
Editor's Picks

Highmark to Acquire WPAHS
West Penn Allegheny Health System president and CEO, Chris Olivia, M.D., is replaced as the financially struggling Pittsburgh-based health system announces plans to be acquired by local health plan Highmark. [Read More]

RWJ Launches Healthcare Quality Data Website
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched an online directory of quality performance measures on physicians, hospitals, and ambulatory care services in each state, and national comparative data. [Read More]

App Challenge: Battle Obesity with Public Health Data
Health 2.0 is challenging software developers to build web-based applications that make reams of government public health data more accessible to healthcare professionals and leaders in their fight against obesity. [Read More]

6 Factors Influence IL Race for Hospital Construction Rights
As the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board considers certificate-of-need applications submitted by two competing healthcare organizations, it weighs its own data against a half dozen factors before deciding if either ? or neither ? may build. [Read More]

Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry. [Read More]

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: 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

FTC to Appeal Phoebe / Palmyra Decision
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011
In CO, a tale of two hospitals
The Aspen Times, June 29, 2011
VT may build new state hospital
Burlington Free Press, June 29, 2011
Some hospitals think 'lean' when it comes to healthcare
Marketplace/NPR, June 28, 2011
AZ high court won't halt Medicaid cuts
The Arizona Republic, June 27, 2011
NH Hospitals: State budget cuts 'devastating'
New Hampshire Union Leader, June 27, 2011
ABCs of EHRs: New training choices for non-techies
InformationWeek, June 24, 2011


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

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs (August 16)

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