C-Suite! Your Nurses Aren't Happy. Are You Listening?
John Commins, Editor, Community Hospitals
Press Ganey Associates has come out with its 2008 survey of job satisfaction among 200,000 healthcare professionals at 423 healthcare organizations nationwide?including 45,000 nurses?and the news is neither good nor surprising. [Read More]
October 15, 2008
Credit crunch hits hospitals too The New York Times today provides a disturbing but not at all surprising story about the credit crunch and its impact on the nation's hospitals. Construction and capital improvement delays and postponements are the norm these days at hospitals in every state. Hospitals "are not immune," Richard L. Clarke, CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, tells the Times. [Read More] M.D. Anderson faces charitable care scrutiny The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is facing renewed scrutiny from Congress over the levels of charity care it delivers, with its tax status hanging the balance. Responding to pointed questions about everything from the hospital's relationships with insurance companies to bill-collection policies to fundraising activity, M.D. Anderson officials have delivered four bound volumes of data to Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. [Read More] AHA, Joint Commission issue infection control guidelines Hoping to improve infection control in hospitals, the nation's top epidemiological societies joined with the American Hospital Association and the Joint Commission to issue a compendium of guidelines for preventing six lethal conditions. [Read More]
Margins Squeezed? Here's Where to Find Operational Efficiencies The current economic downturn has caught many businesses, including healthcare organizations, in an unanticipated margin squeeze. So what can your organization do to ensure that it is generating the margin necessary to fund future operations and investments? A margin improvement audit may be the solution. [Read More]
Community CallDiscussion Board
Is the credit crunch or the slow economy forcing you to delay or postpone construction, equipment purchases or other capital improvements? Have you had to lay off employees?