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Rural Hospitals Prep for 'March' on Washington

John Commins

Renewed funding for Medicare-dependent hospitals and optimism are on the agenda as the National Rural Health Association takes its message to Congress, where a pending bill to preserve funding is one of the few that has bipartisan support in both chambers. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

30-Day Readmission, Mortality Rates Updated

A major update to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare website refreshes data for 30-day readmission and mortality rates. >>>

Clinical Data Requires Nimble Navigation

Within a year, the number of EHR users who are also using analytics will double. "It is a critical next step that organizations are moving to analytics, not just technology," says one health system CEO. "The value added from data is going to drive quality," says the CMO of another. >>>

Building the Best Physician Team

Health systems are looking to forge relationships bound by teamwork, cohesiveness, and coordination as never before. Now hospitals are revamping their leadership structures, and some are going further, establishing academies to cultivate physician leaders. >>>

Hospitals Rarely Report Adverse Events, Says OIG

An Office of Inspector General report finds that 60% of adverse and temporary events nationally occurred at hospitals in states with reporting systems. But only 12% of the events met state requirements for reporting. And hospitals reported only 1% of the events. >>>

AHA: Christensen Cautions Hospital Leaders on Costs

"If you were suckered into taking a job as a CEO of a hospital, that is a really bad choice, because you have a job that's impossible to do," Harvard Business School professor and author Clayton M. Christensen told attendees, only half-jokingly, at the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit. >>>

CMS Updates Hospital Compare Website

Annual readmissions and mortality rate data has been refreshed on the Hospital Compare website, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has also updated performance data for hospital-acquired conditions and outpatient imaging safety measures. >>>

Hospitals Reaping Financial Benefits of Telehealth

As legislators create state laws requiring payers to reimburse providers for telemedicine services, hospitals are viewing the move toward coordinated teleheath networks as a cost cutter and a competitive advantage. >>>

News Headlines

CBO: Healthcare law now cheaper, won't cover as many people

Politico, July 25, 2012

Poor data management costs healthcare providers

InformationWeek, July 25, 2012

Inside an Award-winning ED's Nursing Department

HealthLeaders Media, July 24, 2012

Economy, budget woes threaten non-profit hospitals

Reuters, July 24, 2012

Nurse Bullying's Corrosive Effect on Colleagues Confirmed

HealthLeaders Media, July 23, 2012

Hospitals' readmission rates still too high, CMS says

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, July 23, 2012

Hospital's heavy lifting lightens load on nurses

USA Today / The Tennessean, July 20, 2012

Memorial, BlueCross still at odds; But hospital says patients won't pay more

The Chattanoogan, July 20, 2012

7 Ways the PPACA Hurts Safety Net Hospitals

HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2012

Palliative Care Deserves Physicians' Attention

HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2012

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Webcast: Transform Patient Experience to Meet Tomorrow's Needs

Date: July 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>

 

Financial Benefits of Telehealth

 

The New ICD-10 Deadline



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