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Time to Focus on Rural Nurse Staffing

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Nurse leaders take heed: When the next staffing shortage comes, rural healthcare organizations will feel the pinch more acutely than their urban counterparts. The time for retention and recruitment is now. >>>


Editor's Picks

Consumer Reports Rates Hospital Safety

The consumer publication's new hospital rating system uses only publicly available data, including patient experience data, and is aimed at hospital CEOs and boards as well as healthcare consumers. >>>

Assessing Ambulatory Service Centers

Under the healthcare reform law, Medicare-eligible ASCs will soon be required to submit reports on five quality measures or face a 2% payment reduction. Surgical center quality scores will be published on a website, in the vein of Hospital Compare. But will outcomes be affected? >>>

Medicare Proposal Ties Stricter Quality Measures to ESRD Payments

Kidney dialysis centers would have to work within stricter quality guidelines under a proposed incentive payment program for care delivered to patients with end-stage renal disease. >>>

Building a Top Cath Lab in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

The interventional cardiology program at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York handles almost 20,000 cases per year with very low complication and mortality rates. Critical to the program's success is a set of 10 protocols captured in a 150-page book. >>>

Medicaid Expansion Now in States' Hands

Hospital groups are weighing their options in states that are unwilling to expand their Medicaid programs under a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Healthcare leaders are also keeping a close eye on efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to encourage states to increase Medicaid coverage. >>>

NEW Intelligence Report

Clinical Quality—Data is the Key to Survival

Healthcare organizations today overwhelmingly track clinical quality outcomes and patient safety metrics. However, while 76% are implementing EHRs, only 44% say the systems benefit patient safety, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report or Premium version with exclusive research and analysis. >>>

News Headlines

When states opt out of expanding Medicaid

The Atlantic, July 10, 2012

Study: Improve care, reduce high cost for Medicare beneficiaries

The JHU Gazette, July 10, 2012

Healthcare Creates 169K Jobs Halfway Through 2012

HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2012

GA hospitals hoping for expansion of Medicaid

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 9, 2012

Hospital bills unpaid as Supreme Court shuns Medicaid expansion

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, July 9, 2012

Opt-in policy best for HIE patient privacy

InformationWeek, July 6, 2012

Suffering patients and the new painkiller rules

WBUR, July 6, 2012

When patients demand tests and prescriptions, doctors should think twice

The Washington Post, July 5, 2012

Hospitals invest in moving patients

Chicago Tribune, July 5, 2012

OK hospitals putting focus on palliative care

Tulsa World, July 5, 2012

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Webcast: 2 Proven Strategies to Reduce Nurse Labor Costs

Date: July 24, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
How do you reduce nurse labor expenses—one of the top expenditures at every hospital—without sacrificing quality of care? Learn how to optimize nurse schedules for maximum cost savings, create a deep float pool, and drastically cut the need for staffing agency nurses. Nurse leaders from St. Francis Hospital and other industry experts provide proven tactics in this customized webcast. >>>

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Shaping Sustainable Cost Control

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