HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - August 3, 2011
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Broadband Access Equals Healthcare Access
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
Telemedicine can help address provider shortages in rural areas, but not without essential technology infrastructure. [Read More]
August 3, 2011
Editor's Picks

CMS Scales Back on Payment Cuts
The final rule change for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System means $1.13 billion more for hospitals in FY 2012. [Read More]

Recruitment Rising as Leadership Priority
Recruiting to address healthcare shortages?both now and in the future?requires creativity and a focus on new core competencies. [Read More]

HIPAA Access Reports Could Aid Malpractice Attorneys
The right to request an "access report" as outlined in the Office for Civil Rights' proposed HIPAA accounting of disclosures rule could be an asset to attorneys in HIPAA civil suits and malpractice cases, privacy experts say. [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]

Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality
Date: September 15, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Learn how host Bon Secours Richmond Health System and invited guest Geisinger Health System maximize downstream revenue in their women's health services, as well as opportunities for integration, quality and customer loyalty. [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

Rural AZ hospital prepares for future cuts
NPR, August 3, 2011
Are hospital-based doctors fueling health spending?
Chicago Tribune/Reuters, August 2, 2011
MO copes with shortage of primary-care physicians
Post-Dispatch, August 1, 2011
Opposing the health law, Florida refuses millions
The Boston Globe, July 29, 2011
'Mass layoff' set at Lutheran Medical Center in CO
The Denver Post, July 28, 2011
Hospitals make palliative care a priority
The Washington Post, July 26, 2011


Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs (August 16)

Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality (Sept 15)


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