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FCC Evaluates Rural Health Broadband Efforts

John Commins

In a report short on surprises, the Federal Communications Commission details six years' worth of rural projects to bring connectivity to rural areas. Even with billions in federal seed money, though, it acknowledges that funding challenges for broadband remain a key issue for rural providers that operate on thin margins or in the red. >>>


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MA Cost Containment Law Comes with Teeth

Massachusetts was first in the nation to achieve near-universal healthcare coverage. Will the Commonwealth be the first to constrain ballooning costs? Under a new law it will track costs and hold hospitals to performance targets. Non-compliant facilities face fines of up to $500,000. >>>

Hospital Glucose Monitors Overlooked as Infection Source

A federal investigation into a hepatitis outbreak at a New Hampshire hospital uncovers an underappreciated potential source of infection in all healthcare organizations: risks around unsafe diabetes care. >>>

More Trauma Care Spending Doesn't Raise Survival Rates

Researchers find that the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33% higher than the cost of treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast. But the reasons for the price variance are not well understood, and "spending more doesn't always mean saving more lives," says the study's leader. >>>

Recovery Auditor Prepayment Review Demos Imminent

Prepayment reviews on types of claims associated with high rates of improper payments will begin this month in seven states known to have high populations of fraud- and error-prone providers, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. >>>

Overtime Ban a Victory for Bay State Nurses

Organizations ranging from the American Nurses Association to the Institute of Medicine have called for a complete ban on mandatory overtime, arguing that it can lead to patient injury and even death. Now, after more than a decade of lobbying to halt the practice, nurses in Massachusetts are chalking up a win. >>>

As CEOs Postpone Retirement, Succession Plans Still Matter

For various reasons, many healthcare CEOs age 55 and older say they're in no hurry to retire, a survey shows. But the need for succession planning in the C-suites doesn't go away, and leadership must eventually be replaced. >>>

Hospitals Could Save $9 Billion Under EFT Rules

Interim final rules governing the use of healthcare electronic fund transfer standards and electronic remittance advice operating rules are projected to save providers billions of dollars in administrative costs over 10 years, says the Department of Health and Human Services. >>>

LIVE Webcast

Going Mobile—Defining Strategy and Establishing Metrics

Date: August 28, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Mobile solutions provide new ways to serve patients, improve efficiency, and deliver greater value. Discover how Swedish Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Mercy Health have built mobile strategies that advance their business goals and how you can too. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>

News Headlines

LSU seeks partnerships to keep university hospitals open

The Advocate, August 15, 2012

Hospital error reports up slightly in OR—and that's good news

The Oregonian, August 15, 2012

Hospitals treating poor hardest hit by readmissions penalties

Kaiser Health News, August 15, 2012

Transfusion Refusal Poses No Risk in Cardiac Patients

HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2012

Cloud Outage Highlights Pitfalls as Well as Promise

HealthLeaders Media, August 14, 2012

Medicare to penalize 2,211 hospitals for excess readmissions

Kaiser Health News, August 14, 2012

PA's Chester County Hospital looks for bigger partner

The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 14, 2012

Sentinel Alert on Opioids Spotlights Provider Misuse

HealthLeaders Media, August 13, 2012

TX urgent care centers scrutinized over ER-style billing

The Statesman, August 13, 2012

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Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

Date: Sept. 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other. >>>

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