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AHA's Advocate for Rural Health Names Top Concerns

John Commins

The new head of the AHA's governing council representing small or rural hospitals discusses his most pressing challenges: addressing the shortage of health professionals, advancing population health, and preserving the critical access hospital designation. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

AHA Eyes 'Extremely Challenging' 2014

Facing significant reductions in payments, mounting regulatory actions, and a "broken" RAC appeals process, hospitals are facing a variety of pressures in the new year, the American Hospital Association says. >>>

Telemedicine Emerging as Rural ICU Solution

While the high startup costs associated with telemedicine programs have presented a barrier to many rural hospitals, data suggests they contribute to lower costs and lower mortality rates >>>

Frozen Out of HIX, NH Hospitals Feel Burned

New Hampshire hospital leaders are crying foul over being squeezed out of the single health insurance exchange plan available in the state. Anthem says offering a 'select network of providers' will offset premium increases. >>>

CEO on Safety Net's Turnaround: 'Never Waste a Crisis'

When healthcare outsider Carlos Migoya took over as CEO of one of the most dysfunctional public hospital systems in the nation, Miami's Jackson Health had lost hundreds of millions of dollars and was on the cusp of being sold to a for-profit chain. Three years later, things are very different. >>>

ED Physician Executive Slams EHRs

Electronic health records "are not effective communications tools—not effective at all," says a self-avowed technology optimist who holds a dim view of current EHR capabilities, but has hopes for better systems to come. >>>

Hospital CFOs Don't Share Wall Street's Optimism About PPACA

Financial analysts at some of Wall Street's top firms are bullish on the healthcare industry's prospects as a result of changes brought by healthcare reform. The CFO's I've been talking to over the past year don't see things the same way. >>>

Multiple Jobs Add to Nurse Fatigue

Nurses seeking higher incomes are working multiple jobs, which leads to fatigue and puts patient safety at risk. Should state nursing boards step in? >>>

Little Threat to Specialists' Revenue in Choosing Wisely Recommendations

Treatment guidance from medical specialty groups varies widely in terms of its potential financial impact on providers, acknowledges the head of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which backs the Choosing Wisely initiative to promote evidence-based care. >>>



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Webcast: Physician-Led Population Health Programs—New Skills for Success

Date: February 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join clinical improvement experts as they define new expectations for population health management and outline the leadership skills necessary for physicians to direct a successful program. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Wanted: Hospital CEOs without healthcare experience

U.S. News & World Report, January 29, 2014

Hidden financial ties rattle top health quality group

ProPublica, January 29, 2014

KY hospital settles fraud case for $16.5 million

WKYT / Associated Press, January 29, 2014

With Community Health deal done, two hospital firms are tied for largest

Market Watch, January 28, 2014

Brooklyn hospitals to close without federal money, Mayor and Governor say

DNAinfo New York, January 28, 2014

Jackson Health Trust votes to phase out unpopular healthcare contribution

The Miami Herald, January 28, 2014

Hospitals struggle with intravenous saline shortage

Great Falls Tribune / USA Today, January 28, 2014

100-year business: St. John's Hospital negotiates construction, changing healthcare laws

The State Journal-Register, January 27, 2014

SF General Hospital adopts changes after missing patient's death

CBS SF Bay Area, January 27, 2014

Doctors abusing Medicare face fines and expulsion

The New York Times, January 27, 2014



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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

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 a difference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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