HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - September 21, 2011
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How CEOs Are Engaging EMS to Help Reduce Costs
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
In the community paramedic model, patients are referred to Emergency Medical Services personnel by their primary care physician in order to receive services in the home, such as hospital discharge follow-up, blood draws, medication reconciliation, and wound care. This helps hospitals, providers, and communities reduce costs and keep patients healthier. [Read More]
September 21, 2011
Editor's Picks

Groups Call for Transparency in Hospital Accreditation Survey Findings
Nearly 60 patient advocacy groups including Consumers Union, several physicians, and one former Boston hospital CEO are pushing to make findings from the Joint Commission, and all hospital accreditation surveys, open to the public. [Read More]

Trauma Survival Study Reveals Racial Disparities
Trauma patients have a better chance of survival if they receive care at a trauma center in a hospital that treats primarily non-minority patients versus being treated in a hospital that provides care to primarily minority patients. [Read More]

Women's Health Services Hold 'Significant' Potential in ACOs
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]

Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date: September 22, 2011
More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in the current healthcare climate. Without it, future success will be impossible. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. In this 90-minute Webcast, learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics. [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

In cuts to health programs, experts see difficult task in protecting patients
The New York Times, September 21, 2011
Commercial payers to open $1T in claims data to researchers
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 21, 2011
Hospitals take service cues from Disney, hotel chains
Detroit Free Press, September 21, 2011
Doctors should learn how to help manage healthcare costs
Los Angeles Times, September 20, 2011
Steward CEO says low-cost insurance promotes community care
WBUR, September 19, 2011
GA hospital projects boom
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 19, 2011
Clinic says ND Blues violate HIPAA law, September 19, 2011


Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement (Sept 22)

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


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