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Rural Trauma Care Can, Should Be Better
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Better triaging of rural trauma patients to better-equipped trauma centers may ultimately save more lives. In fact, triaging severely injured patients to hospitals that are incapable of providing definitive care is associated with increased mortality, studies find.[Read More]
    
 
October 6, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

5 EHR Myths, Busted
Senior editor Gienna Shaw provides this list—partly entertaining, partly sobering—of five not-necessarily-so assumptions about electronic health records. We think they may be the cure-all for inefficiency and error, but as she shows, one patient's record may still get inserted into another patient's file. [Read More]

Physicians Prevail in Arkansas Conflict of Interest Case
I'm told that this ongoing battle over the right of hospitals to bar a physician from admitting patients based on grounds other than quality has been a long-standing concern and a legal fight fought in at least four states. At least in Arkansas, barring an appeal, that battle may be over.[Read More]

ACEP Calls for Halt to ED Boarding
The group representing emergency physicians wants an end to the practice of boarding, in which patients are lined up on gurneys or beds waiting for a room. Here, they point to a study showing that such practice leads to a number of patients dangerously leaving the hospital before they get needed care.[Read More]

3 Tricks for Finding Hidden Cash in Medicare Cost Reports
Especially now, every hospital leader would love to find some extra money. Our senior editor for finance, Karen Minich-Pourshadi talked with some experts who provided tips on how to claim reimbursement rightfully yours. [Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive report based on original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more. More Analysis »

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Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.
 
Leaders Forum

It is Time to Act
With the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, major change will be coming to the way healthcare is organized, delivered, and managed in the United States. Healthcare leaders have been dealing with constant change for the past 30 years, but now the rate of change will need to accelerate in order to achieve success in a reformed healthcare environment. [Read More]
 
This Week's Headlines

Surge in CT, MRI scans has not boosted diagnosis rates
Scientific American – October 6, 2010
Training, but not retaining doctors
The Roanoke Times – October 5, 2010
Chemotherapy at home: same care, more comfort
Sg2 – October 1, 2010
State health authorities investigating another death at Seattle Children's hospital
Reuters – October 6, 2010

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Strategies for Hospital C-suite Organization
  We all know who holds the ultimate power in the C-suite, but what's the ideal balance of power among its other leaders? How do you get your top lieutenants working together as a team rather than as little tyrants lording over their healthcare fiefdoms?[Read More]