HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - October 12, 2011
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3 Strategies of Financially Successful CAHs
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
Hospitals' financial viability is more important than ever, and when it comes to success factors for critical access hospitals, understanding the strategies that make them financially resilient and strong is crucial. [Read More]
October 12, 2011
Editor's Picks

AMA Asks Medicare to Start Paying Doctors for Care Coordination
The American Medical Association has asked Medicare to start paying doctors for four types of chronic care coordination services which avoid more expensive in-hospital care. [Read More]

Advance Directives Curb Hospital Costs In High-Spending Regions
In the last six months of life, patients who lacked treatment-limiting advance directives and lived in areas with the nation's highest healthcare costs generated $5,585 more in Medicare expenditures than patients with prepared documents, researchers find. [Read More]

IOM Details Essential Health Benefits, Emphasizes Cost
To balance the cost and affordability of healthcare benefits provided by insurance plans, the Institute of Medicine recommends that essential benefits reflect "the scope and design of packages offered by small employers today." [Read More]

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Webcast: Achieving Alignment on Strategic Marketing Initiatives
Date: November 8, 2011
About: In this 90-minute Webcast, benefit from lessons learned from Catholic Health Initiatives' communication campaign for EHR implementation, and learn what your service lines can mean for marketing opportunities. [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

Hospitals unclear on payment
Politico, October 12, 2011
High-tech help for people who don?t take their medicine
The Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2011
GA's independent hospitals hurting
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 10, 2011
Hospital wars: The battle for patients in Asheville, NC
Asheville Citizen-Times, October 10, 2011
'War' over, IN docs and hospital now work together
Muncie Star Press, October 10, 2011
TX docs experiment with care, payment models
The Texas Tribune, October 7, 2011
SC hospital plans to eliminate inpatient services
The Times and Democrat, October 7, 2011


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Nov 8: Webcast: Achieving Alignment on Strategic Marketing Initiatives

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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