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Patient Migration Suggests Big Changes Await Rural Hospitals

John Commins

Nearly half of Tennesseans living in rural areas drive past the hospitals closest to their homes to look for care in more urban settings, even when their local hospitals offer the same services, a study shows. But it does not say why. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Leaders Speak Out on Value of VBP

The promise of value-based purchasing is that it will improve quality of care while reducing costs. We interviewed four healthcare executives and asked them to give reasons why they think VBP will succeed or fail. >>>

Blood Infections Plunge 40% Under Safety Protocol

Developed by infection control guru Peter Pronovost, MD, the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program is a culture change and teamwork model that has demonstrated significant reductions in central line-associated bloodstream infections. >>>

IOM Urges 10 Major Healthcare Fixes

The Institute of Medicine, citing widespread wasteful and inefficient practices, is calling for a major overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system to use resources better and to remove barriers to quality care. >>>

Solid HCAHPS Scores Only a Start

Officials at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, MI have been extremely pleased with the facility's HCAHPS scores. But that doesn't mean hospital executives are free of the pressure to do even better. >>>

OPPS Comments Focus on Observation Status

Many hospitals, physicians, and physician groups believe that every day spent under observation should count toward the three-day minimum stay required for post-acute care coverage under Medicare, public comments show. >>>

Stop Ignoring Low Quality Ratings

What should hospital leaders do when quality or patient safety scores don't look good? One healthcare facility spread the message that it takes scoring seriously, and launched a number of programs to improve its ratings. >>>

Slideshow: 10 Healthcare IT Predictions

In honor of National Health IT Week, here are 10 predictions for healthcare IT over the next 12 months—none of them involving Meaningful Use or ICD-10. >>>


Intelligence Report

Physician Alignment—Integration over Independence

Nearly 70% of healthcare leaders anticipate the number of employed physicians to grow by more than 5% over next three years. Learn how healthcare leaders are ensuring alignment as the shift from independent to employed physicians accelerates. This original research and analysis, produced with support from MedSynergies, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Gadsden Riverview Regional Medical Center, and Vanguard Health Chicago.

 

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News Headlines

New medical care networks show savings

The New York Times, September 12, 2012

LSU hospitals start process to look for investors

Shreveport Times, September 12, 2012

Best Help for Nurses Comes from Nurse Leaders

HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2012

'Dirty bomb' threat at hospitals remains

The Washington Post, September 11, 2012

Does HCA Follow Best Practices?

HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2012

Medical debt in MA persists

The Boston Globe, September 10, 2012


Better Heart Attack Care Stems from Innovative Leadership

HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2012

$9.25M in Fines for Medical Errors Goes Largely Unspent in CA

HealthLeaders Media, September 6, 2012

 

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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for 'Total Health'

Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. (ET)

Kaiser Permanente leaders explore how they successfully leverage information technology, social media, and community-based health programs to empower people to improve their own health. Get real-world solutions, including how to: use web tools and social media to create effective linkages between physicians and members; create community outreach programs that raise awareness and impact people's health; and understand the higher role of HIT in coordinating care among a team of providers.

 

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Trying to Win Over Patients

Providing top-notch care is no longer enough. Healthcare leaders must now deliver a high-level patient experience or face the financial repercussions. >>>

 

Overcoming Interventional Radiology Turf Wars

 

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