HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - September 22, 2010
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The Importance of Knowing Exactly Why We Die
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Acceptable codes for cause of death now exist, but don't always explain to statisticians or epidemiologists why people die. In advance of the International Classification of Diseases mortality codes, Volume 11, a mortality cause expert makes the case for precise diagnostic designations for death.[Read More]
    
 
September 22, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Shooting Gives Hospital Violence Prime Time Attention
Senior Editor John Commins explores the trend in violence in hospitals, especially in light of the tragic event last week at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Hospitals shouldn't look at them as isolated incidents, but as opportunities for prevention. [Read More]

Medicare, Medicaid Anti-fraud Provisions Set to Expand
Getting convicted of frauding the government isn't just bad for a reputation, it will cut you off of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. There's going to be a lot more screening going on.[Read More]

The Best Leaders Know When to Get Out of the Way
Senior Editor Philip Betbeze writes this week on a trend in CEO leadership: They don't care so much how it gets done, and respectful disagreement. His advice: Hire talented people and then get out of the way.[Read More]

Overtriage of Trauma Patients Costly, On the Rise
A study done by physician researchers discovered a trend to overtriage, in part for legal reasons, is occurring a lot more often, creating a waste of resources in the healthcare system. The trend is most commonly seen in pediatrics, where patients are unnecessarily transferred to a higher level center for trauma care. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive report based on original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more.

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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]
This Week's Headlines

Lee Memorial Health System, Naples Community Hospital investigated for Medicaid fraud
The News-Press– September 21, 2010
Hard calls for hospitals
The Boston Globe– September 21, 2010
More rural medical clinics on the way
fdlreporter– September 20, 2010
Rural hospitals take unique approach to health care for the poor
Minnesota Public Radio– September 16, 2010

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Strategies for Hospital C-suite Organization
We all know who holds the ultimate power in the C-suite, but what's the ideal balance of power among its other leaders? How do you get your top lieutenants working together as a team rather than as little tyrants lording over their healthcare fiefdoms?[Read More]
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Patient-Centered Surgery
Making surgery more patient-centered requires careful coordination and better feedback from patients and their families. [Read More]
 
Audio Feature
Why Patient Experience Should Drive CEO Decision-Making: If a hospital is to become patient-centric, the CEO has to have patient experience at the top of his or her list of concerns, says Gary Adamson, chief executive officer of Starizon Studio. The CEO is the only person in the organization who can span across all the department silos and drive a well-thought out orchestrated patient experience, he says. [Listen Now]
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