HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - September 28, 2011
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Rural Oregon Hospitals Implement Frontline Caregiver Program
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
An innovative process improvement program increases patient and nurse satisfaction, while boosting rural hospitals' recruitment and retention of nurses.[Read More]
September 28, 2011
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Dartmouth Atlas: Readmission Rates Show 'Not Much Progress'
Hospital quality of care comes under scrutiny by Dartmouth researchers, who find wide variation in 30-day hospital readmission rates for six categories of patients. The rates have not gone down, and in some cases, have risen. [Read More]

Health Insurance Premiums Top $15K for Family of 4
The average annual premium for family health insurance coverage increased by 9% in 2011, significantly faster than workers' wages and general inflation, a Kaiser Family Foundation survey shows. [Read More]

Prevent Readmissions With Nurse Intervention
Home visits from a nurse soon after discharge may provide a cost-effective option to keep the most complex patients from returning to the hospital, according to a study, which found that confusion about instructions rather than concern over cost was a primary reason for discontinuing medications. [Read More]

Why People are Not Your Greatest Asset
Is human capital an outdated concept? Management guru Tom Davenport says that employees today own their own capital, and managers must create the right work environment to convince employees to invest themselves. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment: The Collaborative Care Disconnect
79% of leaders say physicians? support of collaborative care is mixed or unsure, 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

Des Moines hospital settles 2 lawsuits over availability of deaf services, September 28, 2011
FL judge?s trauma ruling won?t stop OPMC, CEO says
Clay Today, September 28, 2011
Supreme Court could rule on healthcare law early next year
Los Angeles Times, September 27, 2011
Many docs feel they?re delivering too much care
The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2011
AK hospital frets over proposed surgical center
Peninsula Clarion, September 27, 2011
Vanderbilt partners with three suburban Nashville hospitals
The Tennessean, September 26, 2011
Work starts on $332M Maine hospital
Bangor Daily News, September 23, 2011


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