HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - August 17, 2011
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For Rural EDs, CPOE Funding Must Come With Guidance
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
Rural emergency departments tend to lag behind their urban counterparts when it comes to computerized provider order entry, research finds. But the problem goes beyond a simple lack of funding. These EDs need help selecting and implementing health information technology tools. [Read More]
August 17, 2011
Editor's Picks

Time to Trash Your Org Chart?
Most management hierarchies are set up to thrive under the fee-for-service payment structure, but those structures are unlikely to be relevant in the near future. To adapt, some of the best performing hospitals are undergoing major restructuring from top to bottom. [Read More]

AMGA: Physician Practices Falter on Thinning Margins
While many physician groups have been able to offset Medicare reimbursement cuts through ancillary services such as imaging, concerns over further cuts remain strong, an American Medical Group Association survey shows. [Read More]

OCR Unveils HIPAA Hotspots
The Office for Civil Rights has revealed the top areas of interest on its HIPAA privacy and security compliance radar. [Read More]

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]

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

Hospital owner's charity may have avoided taxes through gift, experts say
California Watch, August 17, 2011
State OKs plan to close Oak Forest (IL) hospital, switch to outpatient care
Chicago Sun-Times/Southtown Star, August 17, 2011
Medicaid pays less than Medicare for many prescription drugs, report finds
The New York Times, August 16, 2011
Are poor suffering because of cuts at Jackson Health System?
Miami Herald, August 15, 2011
WY Med. Center ?community provider? status may not work/a>
Star-Tribune, August 15, 2011
KY hospitals to pay nearly $9M in Medicare fraud settlement
Courier-Journal, August 12, 2011
AZ judge OKs Medicaid cuts for 135k people
Arizona Daily Star, August 11, 2011


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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