HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - January 19, 2011
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MRSA Management Takes Leadership
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
Best practices for controlling the in-hospital transmission of the drug-resistant staph infection Staphylococcus aureus don't hinge exclusively on costly or complicated measures. Rather, they call for strong leadership and a disciplined staff.[Read More]
    
 
January 19, 2011
 
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Doctor shortage forcing some Central New York hospitals to divert patients
A survey by the the Healthcare Association of New York State said there were times in 2009 when the doctor shortage led 28 percent of the Central New York hospitals surveyed to reduce or eliminate services and transfer patients to other facilities. because emergency rooms were without coverage for certain specialties. [Read More]

Patient Experience Scores Skew by Region, Providers Say
Patients in some parts of the country are just harder to please than others. "In New York City, they are grumpier than they are in Minneapolis,"says Blair Childs, senior vice president for public affairs for Premier Healthcare Alliance. So it's understandable that a federal proposal to base 30% of hospital incentive payments on patient experience scores is receiving resistance from providers, who say patient experience scores are skewed by regional differences. [Read More]

Salary Hikes for Healthcare Workers Expected to Lag Other Industries
Healthcare workers can expect an average base salary increase of 2.6% in 2011. That's up from the 2.3% base increase reported in 2010, but slightly below increases of 2.8% projected across all industries for 2011, according to a Hay Group survey.[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

Meaningful use from community health point of view
HealthImaging.com, January 18, 2011
Detroit hospitals offer employees up to $25K to live in Midtown
The Detroit News, January 14, 2011
Unexpected limits of new, free preventive care
The Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2011
Opposition to healthcare law eases
The Seattle Times/Associated Press, January 18, 2011
Proposed FL law would ban docs from asking if patient owns gun
First Coast News, January 17, 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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