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Sebelius Hears Rural Health Concerns

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

In this Q&A, the CEO of the Pennsylvania Hospital Association shares insight into a recent rural health roundtable, where providers shared with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius their concerns about health IT, financial stability, and access to quality care. >>>


Editor's Picks

HHS Floats $5B Package to Cut 'Burdensome' Hospital Regs

A package of reforms aimed at hospitals and announced by the Department of Health and Human Services will do away with "overly burdensome regulations," says Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. >>>

How HIT Can Make Care Transitions Safer

A working group of healthcare providers, patient organizations, health information technology experts, and officials from government agencies discusses technologies that allow primary care providers to track patients along the continuum of care. >>>

Specialty Hospitalists Will Revolutionize Inpatient Care

Reallocating dollars spent on call coverage to instead support a specialty hospitalist practice promises improved on-call service and potentially better engagement around quality of care goals, says one expert. >>>

*LAST CHANCE* 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. Enter today for the chance to win an iPad! Hurry, the survey closes Friday, October 21. >>>

News Headlines

Hospitals work to lower 30-day readmission rates

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 19, 2011

Heart failure hospital stays fall, saving billions

The Boston Globe/Associated Press, October 19, 2011

Hospital safety practices unrelated to outcomes

HealthNews/Reuters Health, October 19, 2011

CDC: ER visits surged in 2009

Los Angeles Times, October 19, 2011

SC hospital wars: Battle moves to Berkeley County

The Post and Courier, October 18, 2011

14 rural hospitals join NE health data exchange

InformationWeek, October 14, 2011

MO’s Barnes-Jewish Hospital struggles with readmissions

Post-Dispatch, October 14, 2011

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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

Date: November 11, 2011 About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System—reaching the vision of patient–centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes. Join us for the dialogue in a special, complimentary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth. >>>

Webcast: Battle-Tested Tactics for Key Internal 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. >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

Engaging the Patient

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance. Yes, people should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers have in turning the consumer of care into a partner in care? >>>


Managing the Continuum


Treating Patient as Partner

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