HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - December 29, 2010
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Pediatricians Needed in the Heartland
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
The nation has a growing supply of pediatricians and family physicians, but they are geographically clustered in such a way that nearly 1 million children live in places without access to them.[Read More]
    
 
December 29, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

12 Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
In just 21 months, the federal government will start penalizing hospitals with higher-than-expected readmission rates. And even though much about the regulations to come remains unclear, clinicians along the care continuum are scrambling to get ready. Here's what they need to know. [Read More]

Physicians, Nurses Continue Primary Care Debate
Two Perspective articles in the New England Journal of Medicine fan the flames of discord about whether scope-of-practice should be expanded for nurse practitioners in the face of a primary care physician shortage, especially in rural areas.[Read More]

Top 12 Nursing Stories of 2010
In the next few years, will we look back at 2010 and identify it as the year healthcare began to change. From controversial legislation to plans for widespread reorganization and rethinking of the way care is delivered, 2010 has certainly been dramatic. The implications for community and rural healthcare settings are many. Here's a rundown of our most popular nursing stories of the year.[Read More]

Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Join us live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital on February 15, 2011 to share lessons learned from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. [Read More]

Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services
Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts.[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

HMA Sells Mississippi Hospital
HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2010
Inpatient or outpatient? The battle to control costs
Philadelphia Inquirer, December 27, 2010
EHR Incentives Registration Begins January 3
HealthLeaders Media, December 23, 2010
Obama Signs Red Flags Bill
HealthLeaders Media, December 21, 2010
Simple gifts on the hospital floor
The New York Times, December 23, 2010

Webcasts/Audio Conferences

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