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  January 9, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

3 Big Rural, Community Healthcare Challenges

John Commins

It's easy to forget that rural and community-based healthcare providers have other major challenges that are not directly tied to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Top 10 Quality Issues for 2013

Among hopes for greater efficiency, patient safety, transparency, and overall quality of care, healthcare providers have a lot of work to do this year in advance of reporting deadlines. >>>

AHA to MedPAC: Raise, Don't Cut Hospital Payments

In a letter to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the American Hospital Association not only argues against recommended hospital payment cuts, but says an increase in 2014 "is absolutely essential." >>>

Transfer Centers Spell Relief for Rural Docs

Physicians in rural areas are using transfer facilities to channel patients from primary care offices, clinics, and community hospital emergency departments to acute-care settings better equipped to meet their needs. >>>

Economist: 2013 a 'Banner Year' for Healthcare Jobs

As the healthcare sector ramps up to meet the requirements of healthcare reform, only a shortage of workers—not a shortage of jobs—threatens to negatively impact hiring, says one economist. >>>

Drop in Central-Line Infection Rates Linked to Disinfection Caps

Using a tiny alcohol-impregnated cap on central line hubs has been shown to reduce bloodstream infections by half, a study conducted at three Illinois hospitals finds. >>>

HL20: Patrick McGuire, CPA—On the Path of Mutual Alignment

In our annual HealthLeaders 20 feature, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. This is the story of Patrick McGuire, senior vice president and CFO at St. John Providence Health System in Warren, MI. He has played a pivotal role in his system's financial transformation, but it's McGuire's innovative approach to physician partnership that sets him and his organization apart. >>>



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Optimize the Nurse Skill Set—Lower Labor Costs and Raise Quality

Date: January 24, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services develops new programs and tools as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, healthcare providers must focus on the care continuum model. Join Glide Health Services and Huron Healthcare as they share their tools for managing nurse labor costs.

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News Headlines

Donald Berwick mulling run for governor of MA

The Boston Globe, January 9, 2013

Republicans can't stop IPAB. But they might slow it down.

The Washington Post, January 9, 2013

Cuomo plans new rules in fight against sepsis

The New York Times, January 9, 2013

Opinion: Healthcare and profits, a poor mix

The New York Times, January 9, 2013

Unusual respite from surging healthcare costs

Houston Chronicle / Associated Press, January 8, 2013

FL governor meets Sebelius on healthcare, bridles at cost

Reuters, January 8, 2013

Competition between medical centers affects liver transplant patients

Newsday, January 8, 2013

Rivalry drives up medical charges in MO

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 7, 2013

Fiscal bill extends a Medicare lifeline to small, rural hospitals

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, January 7, 2013

Mall of America: Mayo Clinic stops clinical services at retail outlet

TwinCities.com / Pioneer Press, January 7, 2013



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HealthLeaders Live: Cost Containment Lessons from Heartland Health

Date: March 19, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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