HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - August 24, 2011
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Federal Jobs Program Targets Rural Physician Recruitment
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
A federal initiative to boost jobs includes an expanded loan repayment program and access to capital loans programs for health IT. The addition of just one primary care physician in a rural community generates approximately $1.5 million in annual revenue, the White House says.[Read More]
August 24, 2011
Editor's Picks

CMS Trials Bundled Payments for Episodes of Care
Following numerous demonstration projects at a number of large hospital systems, Medicare officials are proposing lump payments to providers for specific episodes of patient illness that extend well after the patient leaves an acute care setting. [Read More]

Reductions in Blood Infections Slash Hospital Costs
Using a hospital safety checklist to reduce deadly bloodstream infections can save lives and produces a tenfold return on the cost of the program, a study from Johns Hopkins shows. [Read More]

Private Equity Interest In Nonprofit Hospitals Growing
Private equity firms are demonstrating a growing interest in the healthcare sector, and, with shrinking margins and growing capital expenses, many nonprofit healthcare organizations would welcome the attention. However, caution is merited before considering this approach. [Read More]

Stop Cutting Costs: 4 Other Ways to Bolster the Bottom Line
Cost efficiency and reductions top the priorities list of nearly every financial leader in healthcare. But is the cost-cutting tunnel vision too narrow? Or are there better options for boosting the bottom line? [Read More]

Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes
Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. [Register Today]

Intelligence Report: The New Patient Experience Imperative
22% of healthcare leaders say lack of cultural fit or employee buy-in is their organization's biggest patient experience stumbling block, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Read More]

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

Hacked medical device sparks Congressional inquiry
InformationWeek, August 24, 2011
Hospitals seek more ER patients even as Medicaid tries to lessen demand
The Washington Post, August 23, 2011
Opinion: Blurred boundaries between doctor and patient
The Boston Globe, August 23, 2011
US scrambling to ease shortage of vital medicine
The New York Times, August 22, 2011
Opinion: What?s charitable care?
Chicago Tribune, August 22, 2011
Single vocabulary standard for EHR reporting seen as 'momentous'
Government Health IT, August 19, 2011
NJ gov. lauds 'safety net' hospitals
The Record, August 19, 2011
When EHRs meet malpractice suits: New concerns
InformationWeek, August 18, 2011


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Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD., president and CEO of Methodist Health System in Dallas discusses what needs to happen to get hospitals excited about ACOs and what it will take to make ACOs sustainable.[Listen Now]
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