HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - August 31, 2011
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NC Rural Hospitals Lean Together to Zap Waste
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
With the help of the North Carolina Hospital Association and a grant from the Duke Endowment, five rural hospitals banded together to learn and apply lean management principles. A hands-on approach from the hospital CEO is vital, they found.[Read More]
August 31, 2011
Editor's Picks

AED Failures Linked to Cardiac Arrest Deaths
Dead batteries, bad connections, and other malfunctions of automated external defibrillators have been linked to more than 1,000 cardiac arrest deaths over the last 15 years, a study has found. [Read More]

Temp ER Nurses a Safety Threat to Patients, Study Shows
Temporary emergency room nurses who are unfamiliar with their surroundings may inadvertently be a threat to the patients they serve, according to research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. [Read More]

AHA Letter Details VBP 'Failures'
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is bypassing rules for how value-based purchasing should roll out and thus is ignoring key requirements set forth in the health reform law, the American Hospital Association says. [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]

Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality
Date: September 15, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast About: 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

How one HIX cut testing costs
InformationWeek, August 31, 2011
NE Ohio Medical U., Cleveland State, collaborate to train medical students
The Plain Dealer, August 31, 2011
Taming high health costs takes taming high-tech
NPR, August 31, 2011
When power generator fails, CT hospital evacuates
The Hartford Courant, August 30, 2011
For WI clinic, EHRs + quality reporting = shared savings
Government Health IT, August 30, 2011
WY hospital sets electronic health records milestone
Wyoming Business Report, August 30, 2011
SC's rural hospitals in critical condition
The State, August 29, 2011
AK clinics focused on Medicare patients making a difference
Anchorage Daily News, August 29, 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)

Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes (Oct 26)


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Audio Feature

ACO Appeal for Hospitals Needs a Boost

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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