HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - July 13, 2011
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AHA: Critical Access Hospital Study 'Distorted'
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
The American Hospital Association and The National Rural Health Association slam a study that finds health outcomes and the quality of care at critical access hospitals lacking. [Read More]
July 13, 2011
Editor's Picks

Drug Shortages Increasing at 'Alarming Rate,' Says AHA
Three out of four clinicians rarely or never receive advance notification of drug shortages and seven out of 10 patients receive less-effective drugs to compensate for insufficient supplies, American Hospital Association survey results show. [Read More]

Winners and Losers Under VBP
In the pursuit of quality, it would be nice to think that everyone is a winner. But that's not the case with CMS's value-based purchasing program. It's set up to separate the winners from the losers. [Read More]

Physician Alignment Poses Challenge for ACOs
Physician alignment and incentive challenges could prove to be a major hurdle for healthcare providers who want to take part in accountable care organizations. [Read More]

15 HCAHPS Buzzwords Every Provider Should Know
The value-based purchasing sweepstakes race is on. It's hospital against hospital in a national contest to see which acute care teams can please their patients the most on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. Knowing the lingo is key. [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. [Register Today]

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
What: 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. [Register Today]

Leaders Forum

Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line
54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

MI Blue Cross holding small group rate increase to 7.4%
The Detroit News, July 13, 2011
OIG tells CMS to take immediate action on SNFs
Healthcare Finance News, July 13, 2011
Telemedicine improves stroke care at hospitals
The Tennessean, July 12, 2011
Americans choose 'hospital' over 'medical center' in survey
The Record, July 12, 2011
City vs. country: Who is healthier?
The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2011
New for aspiring docs, the people skills test
The New York Times, July 11, 2011
Groups fight to build Fort Mill, SC's first hospital
Charlotte Observer, July 11, 2011


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

Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language (July 27)

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs (August 16)


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