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Elected Boards No Way to Run a Hospital
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
The outrageous and disruptive antics of the Tri-City Healthcare District's elected board in Oceanside, CA tell a cautionary tale about why it's a bad idea to let voters choose who governs a hospital. [Read More]
March 31, 2011
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HHS Unveils ACO Rules Proposal
The Department of Health and Human Services has released for public comment the long-awaited proposed rules governing accountable care organizations. HHS said it will hold open-door forums and listening sessions during the comment period to help the public understand what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to do with the voluntary ACOs, and to ensure that the public understands how to participate in the comment process. [Read More]

Physician Quality Ratings Imperfect, But a Start
Payers have developed some sophisticated models to assess their high volume physicians in terms of quality patient care. Despite complaints and legal action, quality ratings are here to stay. Physicians are going to have to get used to it. [Read More]

Are ACOs Unaffordable?
With accountable care organization regulations released today from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, much talk—including what I heard at last week's American College of Healthcare Executives meeting in Chicago—focuses on the inherent flaws of the model. Here's a column that explains a few of the problems. [Read More]

Hospital Drug Shortages Reach 10-Year High
A dearth of chemotherapy, sedation, and pain relief medications is endangering patient safety and adding millions of dollars in costs for higher priced substitutes annually, according to Premier Inc., a hospital purchasing alliance. [Read More]

Speeding Patient Discharges Safely
This guest column describes successes in the handoff and other processes that lead to safe discharges. These experts say this is one important key in preventing readmissions. [Read More]

Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders.[Read More]

This Week's Headlines
Many don't take prescriptions because of cost
Reuters Health, March 31, 2011

Navy docs left surgical instrument inside MD woman
The Baltimore Sun, March 31, 2011


Feds to release dialysis clinic data
ProPublica, March 30, 2011
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