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HHS Grants Aim to Ease Data Sharing Among Rural Health Providers
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
A pilot program developed as a result of the President's Rural Health Initiative, has identified 40 grantee organizations that will receive about $300,000 each to purchase equipment, install broadband networks, and provide training for staff. [Read More]
    
 
September 14, 2011
 
Editor's Picks

U.S. Census Finds 16.3% of Americans Uninsured
While the year-over-year rise in the number of uninsured Americans is slight, the growing number reflects a continued decline in the availability of employer-sponsored health insurance, says one policy analyst. [Read More]

CIED-Related Infections, Costs Rising
The use of cardiac implantable electronic devices is accompanied by an increase in device-related infections, especially for pacemakers. And the cost of treating those infections, length of stay, and mortality within 15 months of the procedures has been rising, researchers say. [Read More]

Proposed CLIA Rules Amendment Skirts Doctors
A proposed rule drafted by three federal agencies would amend the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 regulations to allow patients to receive their test results directly from labs?with no doctor playing middleman. The proposal was announced at the kickoff of President Obama's "National Health Information Technology Week, where Secretary Sebelius also introduced the new head of OCR and unveiled a voluntary personal health record model privacy notice. [Read More]

America's Next Top HIE Model...
We run down the three different models of health information exchanges -- centralized, federated, and hybrid -- and outline how each varies according to how patient data is stored and accessed by participants. [Read More]

*NEW* Breakthroughs: The High-Performing Surgical Program
Given a reimbursement model based on outcomes, not volume, only those surgical services that can deliver state-of the-art care, value, and an outstanding patient experience will survive. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems?St.Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Bassett Healthcare?share lessons learned about new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy. [Read More]

 
Leaders Forum

Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line
54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Read More]
 
This Week's Headlines

HHS Launches Heart Disease Prevention Campaign
Cheryl Clark, September 14, 2011
Telemonitoring saves money when combined with traditional care
InformationWeek, September 14, 2011
ASHHRA: 'Jerk Bosses' Derail Nurse Retention Strategies
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2011
Hospital workers outspend others on medical care
Reuters, September 13, 2011
More Medicare Reform, More Struggling Hospitals
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011
Weight-loss programs might save Medicare billions
Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2011
Clinical decision support closes medical evidence gap
InformationWeek, September 9, 2011
ONC launches project to query EHRs for population health data
Government Health IT, September 8, 2011

Webcasts/Rounds

Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality (Sept 15)

Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates (Sept 16)

Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement (Sept 22)

Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes (Oct 26)

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