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The Rural Network that Could
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
Planning for and implementing an electronic health records system is a daunting task for any hospital or healthcare system. But when a network of seven critical access hospitals in northern Iowa launched its system in 2008 it became the country's first rural integrated EHR. Now the CIO is sharing details of how he and his team got the job done.[Read More]
    
 
October 13, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Rise in Hospital Consolidations 'Favorable,' Says Moody's
Consolidations involving for-profit hospital companies acquiring struggling not-for-profit hospitals are a growing and "favorable" trend that will increase competition in local markets, increase efficiencies, and improve leverage with payers, Moody's Investors Services says. "Look for more consolidation "as weaker not-for-profit hospitals seek capital partners in larger for-profit or not-for-profit hospital systems," Moody's says." As an example, it cited the recently completed $120 million acquisition by Tennessee-based for-profit Community Health Systems of the bankrupt not-for-profit Forum Health, a small hospital system in Youngstown, OH. [Read More]

HHS to Grant $727M to Community Health Centers
The Department of Health and Human Services grants will go to 143 community health centers across the country for construction, expansion, and renovation projects through funds available from the Affordable Care Act. Community health centers serve nearly 19 million patients, about 40% of whom have no health insurance. "Community Health Centers ? are a lifeline for those who have lost coverage or are between jobs," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says.[Read More]

CMS Unveils Billing, Coding Guidance
CMS and the Medicare Learning Network recently released the Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter; the first in a series of publications intended to offer providers guidance on avoiding common Medicare billing and general errors.[Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned. [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. More Analysis »

Register Today for Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination
Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.
 
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

N. Georgia hospital seeks recovery
Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 12, 2010
Physician revives a dying art: the physical
The New York Times, October 12, 2010
New hospital billing policy on hold [WY]
Jackson Hole News & Guide, October 12, 2010
Nurses picket Eastern Maine Medical Center
Bangor Daily News, October 12, 2010
Urgent care clinics carve out a key healthcare niche
USA Today, October 11, 2010

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Webcasts/Audio Conferences

Surgeon General Addresses Electronic Health Data Security Concerns (October 4)
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  The business models that will emerge in the era of healthcare reform are still unclear, but leading hospitals and health systems are already positioning themselves to adapt when they do come into focus. They're taking the first steps toward becoming accountable care organizations even before anyone knows for sure what an ACO will look like—or even if they'll ever come to fruition.[Read More]