HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - July 20, 2011
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Rural Health Funding Gets Boost via Provider Partnerships
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
Centura Health is the first partner in a program that will provide funding for quality improvement services for rural healthcare facilities throughout the state of Colorado. [Read More]
July 20, 2011
Editor's Picks

U.S. News Releases 'Best Hospitals' Rankings
The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, whether considered measures of quality of care or measures of national reputation, remain popular and coveted. [Read More]

OIG Finds Low Physician Compliance with Primary Care Grant Rules
Federal auditors want the state of Louisiana to pay back $13.6 million that may have been improperly paid to primary care physicians to bolster rural healthcare in the years after Hurricane Katrina. [Read More]

AHA Takes On Racial Disparities in Care, Leadership
Hospitals have a serious problem with their lack of executive diversity, American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock acknowledges. He is calling for hospitals to adopt a campaign of change called Equity of Care. [Read More]

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]

Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language
Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. [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

New MGMA chief brings patient safety, EHR expertise
InformationWeek, July 19, 2011
Accusations fly over obscure Medicare board
Philadelphia Inquirer/Associated Press, July 18, 2011
Opinion: When hospital overcrowding becomes personal
The New York Times, July 15, 2011
It?s not complicated doctor -- Don?t be Facebook friends with patients
The Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2011
MO law targets incompetent doctors
Post-Dispatch, July 14, 2011
Tacoma-based MultiCare to lay off up to 350 employees
The News Tribune, July 14, 2011


Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language (July 27)

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs (August 16)


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