HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - September 7, 2011
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Wyoming's Winning Meaningful Use Strategy
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
A critical access hospital CEO shares how his organization became not only the first hospital in the state to achieve stage-one meaningful use, but also one of the first CAHs in the nation to do so as well.[Read More]
September 7, 2011
Editor's Picks

Patient Safety a Catalyst for Tighter Infection Controls
A study showing that hand washing increases among medical professionals when the organizational emphasis is on patient safety is hardly breaking news, but it should be a key motivator for other infection control practices, one infection control advocate says. [Read More]

EHRs Beat Paper in Head-to-Head Competition
Authors of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, say they are among the first to offer hard evidence that in a head-to-head competition, electronic records beat paper. [Read More]

Strategic Options: It's Not ACO or Nothing
An organization that rushes to implement an accountable care model and operational plans that address various forms of clinical integration runs substantial risks if it moves ahead without a clear framework for its future direction, says a strategist.[Read More]

Breakthroughs: The High-Performing Surgical Program
Given a reimbursement model based on outcomes, not volume, only those surgical services that can deliver state-of the-art care, value, and an outstanding patient experience will survive. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—St. Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Bassett Healthcare—share lessons learned about new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy. [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]

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

Medical partnership to operate neurological clinic in NV
Las Vegas Sun, September 7, 2011
The 5 traits of a usable EMR
Government Health IT, September 7, 2011
ERs are becoming costly destinations for mentally disturbed patients
Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2011
Critical (Re)thinking: How ICUs are getting a much-needed makeover
The Wall Street Journal, September 6, 2011
Getting doctors to wash their hands
The New York Times, September 2, 2011
Budget cuts will have far-reaching impact on NH hospitals
Nashua Telegraph, September 2, 2011
Madison WI healthcare executives? pay exceeds national average
Wisconsin State Journal, August 31, 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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Nurse Education Key to Scope-of-Care Debate
There is tension between nursing leadership and some physician groups over the scope of what advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners, should be allowed to do. [Read More]

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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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