HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - June 23, 2010
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SICU Psychosis: Prevent Delirium to Improve Prognosis and Stem Soaring Cost
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
There's now recognition that SICU psychosis, or persistent delirium, can affect a patient's prognosis as a disease process separate from the admitting diagnosis. Perhaps some of that new appreciation is because delirium costs a lot of money in longer lengths of stay and cost of care. [Read More]
    
 
June 23, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Live from HFMA-ANI: Lessons on Efficiency from Vegas
Philip Betbeze, our senior leadership editor, this week writes from the Healthcare Financial Management Association's meeting and he has three words of wisdom for hospitals grappling with changes they'll have to make for health reform: Efficiency. Efficiency. Efficiency. With poetic symbolism, it's being held in Las Vegas, which has perfected the art of efficiently capturing revenue. [Read More]

New Proton Beam Cancer Center Could be the Nation's Ninth
Scripps Health in San Diego partners with for-profit company to build $185 million proton beam therapy center to treat cancer patients. Such treatment is expensive and somewhat controversial, because not enough studies show it's better than other options. Advocates believe it will reduce secondary cancers because it targets radiation to specific cells without causing collateral damage. [Read More]

Millions Lost To Contractual Underpayments, and How My Cable Bill Can Help
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, our senior finance editor, has some important advice for hospital chiefs based on a report from IMA Consulting, and from lessons learned from her renegade cable bill. It's all about hidden contractual underpayments, and how it's costing hospitals millions. [Read More]

Healthcare Workers Wonder: How Did We Ever Live Without Our i-Devices?
HealthLeaders Media Senior Technology Editor Gienna Shaw recently asked a group of healthcare workers, "What's the one technology you can't live without?" And guess what? It's not the stethoscope or the cell phone. Smart devices are helping clinicians handle all manner of healthcare tasks, Shaw writes. [Read More]

Leaders Forum

It is Time to Act
With the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, major change will be coming to the way healthcare is organized, delivered, and managed in the United States. Healthcare leaders have been dealing with constant change for the past 30 years, but now the rate of change will need to accelerate in order to achieve success in a reformed healthcare environment. [Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

Federal healthcare site coming July 1
USA Today – June 23, 2010
Hennepin County (MN) Medical Center tells 2,600 patients device was not properly disinfected
Minneapolis Star Tribune – June 23, 2010
Virginia Health Department opposes plans for hospitals in Gainesville-Haymarket
Washington Post – June 21, 2010
Doctors limit new Medicare patients
USA Today – June 21, 2010

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