HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - October 5, 2011
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Community Hospital Borrows Show Biz Staging
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
The design of a new community hospital in Louisiana conceals non-patient functions 'backstage' in an effort to boost patient satisfaction and increase the efficiency of hospital workers. [Read More]
October 5, 2011
Editor's Picks

Citing Medicaid Limits, ED Docs Sue WA State
Emergency physicians in the state of Washington have filed a lawsuit against a state plan to classify more than 700 diagnoses as non-emergent, and limit Medicaid reimbursements to no more than three non-emergent visits to the emergency department each year. [Read More]

Same-Day Discharge for Elective PCI Patients Cuts Hospital Costs
By discharging low-risk elective percutaneous coronary intervention patients after a few hours, hospitals could free up bed space and labor resources for other, sicker patients, says a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [Read More]

Health 2.0: eHealth Needs Hardware, Too
Devices featured at the recent Health 2.0 conference allow doctors to track patients' health and to intervene before conditions worsen. In theory, that could prevent trips to the emergency department and cut down on readmission rates. [Read More]

*NEW* Industry Survey 2012
We know you have something to say. And we want to hear it. Take the 2012 Industry Survey now—in 10 minutes or less, share your insight and help define industry trends. [Read More]

Webcast: Raise Revenue, Cut Costs in Your Joint Replacement Service Line
Date: October 12, 2011
About: The world of joint replacement surgery is changing as fast as the rest of healthcare. With less-invasive techniques spreading, surgical volume, competition, and costs are on the rise, while compensation is falling. Surgeons and service line leaders from Hudson Valley Hospital and VHA discuss successful strategies on navigating surgical efficiency and volume, alignment challenges, and competition. [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

IBM's Watson bests Cleveland Clinic cardiologists
The Plain Dealer, October 5, 2011
Memphis churches, hospitals work to improve congregants' health
The Washington Post, October 5, 2011
Top 5 unnecessary healthcare costs
The Wall Street Journal, October 5, 2011
Operation Safety Net a model for medical care for the homeless
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 4, 2011
Docs, patients not using same social spaces
InformationWeek, October 4, 2011
Stuck in bed, at hospital's expense
The New York Times, October 3, 2011
Death raises questions after IL hospital closure
Forbes/Associated Press, September 30, 2011


Oct 12: Webcast: Raise Revenue, Cut Costs in Your Joint Replacement Service Line

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

Nov 11: Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

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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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