HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - August 10, 2011
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HIEs Deliver Savings to Rural Hospitals
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
Participants in one rural health information exchange spend approximately 2% of their budget on health IT infrastructure compared to the national average of 3% or more, a report from the National eHealth Collaborative says. [Read More]
August 10, 2011
Editor's Picks

APRNs Provide Care Equal to Doctors, Review Concludes
Advanced practice nurses can provide care with patient outcomes that are at least as good as, and in some cases better than, care provided by physicians, according to a literature review by Johns Hopkins researchers. [Read More]

NCCPA Launches CAQ Program for PAs in 5 Specialties
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants has launched a certificate of added qualifications program for certified physician assistants practicing in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, nephrology, orthopedic surgery, and psychiatry. [Read More]

CMS Expands HospitalCompare Data
Federal health officials have announced that they have expanded the HospitalCompare website, making more information available on 30-day mortality rates for three conditions, and showcasing a new "one-stop shopping" format to find data on various types of healthcare services, from physicians to dialysis centers. [Read More]

*NEW* Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics. [Register Today]

*NEW* Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates
Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation?s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates. [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

GA charity-care hospital regulations scrutinized
Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 9, 2011
CA clinic system embraces online consultations
InformationWeek, August 9, 2011
St. Louis hospitals thriving in rough economy
Post-Dispatch, August 8, 2011
How will debt-ceiling deal affect Medicare for patients, doctors?
PBS News Hour, August 5, 2011
New NY hospital will drive town's economic boom
Times Herald-Record, August 5, 2011
Potential Medicare payment cuts alarm doctors, hospitals
The Boston Globe, August 4, 2011
UT's health insurance experiment built around small businesses
PBS NewsHour, August 3, 2011


Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs (August 16)

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

Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates (Sept 16)

Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement (Sept 22)


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