HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - January 5, 2011
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6 Resolutions for Community Hospitals
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
The new year is not yet a week old and already the healthcare industry is bracing for another turbulent year. Uncertainty is a fact of life; the best way to proceed is to identify weaknesses and resolve to do better. Here are six initiatives that community hospitals should undertake in 2011.[Read More]
    
 
January 5, 2011
 
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]

Top 10 Healthcare Quality Issues for 2011
Here are the top quality challenges healthcare providers will face in 2011—many, such as imaging exposure effects, central line infections, and medical data breaches dominated headlines in 2010.[Read More]

Top 5 Physician Challenges in 2011
Many of the issues that bedeviled doctors in 2010, like the lingering need for a doc fix, will still be with us. And some, such as the ramifications of ongoing physician shortages and the pressure to convert to electronic health records will only intensify.[Read More]

Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Medical specialties are tied back to hospitals and health systems like never before; nowhere are the resulting alignment challenges more acute than in the cardiac service line, where independent practices find themselves seeking the financial shelter of integration. Join us on February 15 live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share in the lessons 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

David Nichols, Tangier Island Physician, Dead at 62
HealthLeaders Media, December 30, 2010
Patient Education on CT Scan Risks Lacking
HealthLeaders Media Staff, January 3, 2011
To Boost Patient Satisfaction Scores, Engage Nurses
HealthLeaders Media, January 4, 2011
Administrative Grades Boost Resident Paperwork Completion
HealthLeaders Media, January 5, 2011
Physician Shortage to Quadruple Within Decade, AAMC Says
HealthLeaders Media, January 4, 2011

Webcasts/Audio Conferences

Surgeon General Addresses Electronic Health Data Security Concerns (October 4)
Strategies to Manage ED Arrivals (October 1)

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