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VIDEO AWARDS AND HONORS: Best Places to Work | For the first time, we rank Best Places to Work
October 27, 2008
The results are in! Is your organization one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare?
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DNV setting new standard | Watch out Joint Commission. There’s a new accreditor in town, and some hospitals say they’re willing to give it a try
By Jean DerGurahian | October 27, 2008 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
West Shore Medical Center doesn’t look like an automaker but it runs its operations the way a manufacturing plant might.
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Not doing so well (Part 1) | Employers focusing as they work to reinvigorate their wellness programs
By Rebecca Vesely | October 27, 2008 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A midsize paper-supply company offers three extra vacation days to employees at whichever of its branches collectively loses the most weight in seven weeks. Workers at one branch in Scranton, Pa., take extreme measures to win the contest. One eats...
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Late News
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Late News
October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center laid off 500 workers, joining other healthcare systems that are adjusting to recent economic discomfort. “These are difficult times, and we need to remain strong,” said UPMC spokesman Frank Raczkiewicz.
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Cover Story
News
DNV setting new standard | Watch out Joint Commission. There’s a new accreditor in town, and some hospitals say they’re willing to give it a try
By Jean DerGurahian | October 27, 2008 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
West Shore Medical Center doesn’t look like an automaker but it runs its operations the way a manufacturing plant might.
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Focusing on the patient | Planetree guide touts patient-centered care model
By Jean DerGurahian | October 27, 2008 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
While accrediting organizations look at different ways to ensure hospitals are complying with Medicare regulations, a comprehensive approach to hospital quality and safety must include patient-centered care, according to executives.
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The Week in Healthcare
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Holding the bag | Bond buyback could hit health systems hard
By Melanie Evans | October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Even well-funded, financially strong health systems braced for what amounts to a run on the bank in recent weeks.
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Magazine
A bid for time | Some need an extra year for ICD-10 transition
By Matthew DoBias | October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals, physician groups, payers and the coders who link them together are calling on HHS to delay an industrywide move to a new set of diagnosis codes that has been more than a decade in the making.
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Magazine
Yellow flags on ‘red flags’ rule | Experts try to allay fears, call rule ‘good business’
By Gregg Blesch | October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare providers have another six months to adopt programs that comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s vaguely understood call for identity-theft prevention and detection, known as the “red flags” rule.
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Med school attendance up ... | ... but experts say shortage still needs to be addressed
By Jennifer Lubell | October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Enrollment at the nation’s medical schools may be up, but more needs to be done to draw students to a field that’s losing its appeal and attracting fewer applicants, experts from the medical community claim.
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News
Hurricane’s havoc | UTMB at Galveston jobs up in the air
By Jessica Zigmond | October 27, 2008 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
More than 1,000 students returned to classes at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on Oct. 20, five weeks after Hurricane Ike caused most to flee the Gulf Coast island. Now the question remains if the UTMB’s entire labor force will...
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Magazine
Economic uncertainty | Jessee predicts less spending on capital investment
By Andis Robeznieks | October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As with seemingly every other event going on these days, political and economic themes dominated discussions at the Medical Group Management Association’s 82nd annual conference held Oct. 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center.
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Regular Feature
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Back to the future | New hospital in Michigan retains pieces of history
By Gregg Blesch | October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Leaders at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming, Mich., concluded in the early 1990s it was time to replace or overhaul their vintage building, built in 1917. At the same time, they determined there was no way the hospital could come up with the money to do...
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Special Feature
Video
VIDEO AWARDS AND HONORS: Best Places to Work | For the first time, we rank Best Places to Work
October 27, 2008
The results are in! Is your organization one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare?
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News
Best Places to Work: Life at the top | The top organizations in Modern Healthcare’s inaugural Best Places to Work in Healthcare competition provide multiple reasons for employees to come, stay
By Ed Finkel | October 27, 2008 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A challenging but realistic workload, a sympathetic and motivational supervisor, a strong team atmosphere, decent working conditions, above-average pay and benefits—most employees share the same list of desires when it comes to finding a job,...
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Best Places to Work: Focusing on the basics | Pa. hospital is modern ‘Mayberry’
October 27, 2008 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospital officials say a favorable staff-to-patient ratio, friendly, team-oriented culture, a transparent and accessible leadership group, and a strong investment in employee development are among the keys to recruitment and retention for Waynesboro...
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Best Places to Work: Doing as they say | Recruiting firm recruits good workers
October 27, 2008 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
FGP International should have a pretty solid notion of what makes a great workplace: the company’s business centers on recruiting candidates for executive positions in a variety of industries, including healthcare. And 57-employee FGP makes good on...
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Best Places to Work: Survey says ... | ... Amerigroup workers will respond
October 27, 2008 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Amerigroup offers employees some nice extras, including a 529 college savings plan, the possibility of telecommuting and pretax flexible spending accounts for healthcare and child care. But Jim Carlson, Amerigroup’s president and chief executive...
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Special Report
News
Not doing so well (Part 1) | Employers focusing as they work to reinvigorate their wellness programs
By Rebecca Vesely | October 27, 2008 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A midsize paper-supply company offers three extra vacation days to employees at whichever of its branches collectively loses the most weight in seven weeks. Workers at one branch in Scranton, Pa., take extreme measures to win the contest. One eats...
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Regional News

Editorial Cartoon
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Too many ways to count...
October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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Opinions-Editorials
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Disrupting the disrupters | Will the Joint Commission’s new standard stop docs with bad behavior?
By David Burda | October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
There are just some people who should not be allowed to manage others. That’s my take-away from an educational session I attended last week at the Medical Group Management Association’s annual conference in San Diego. The session was called, “The...
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Opinions-Commentary
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Toeing the line | With added scrutiny, vendors heeding physician marketing rules
By Susan Chimonas, Lisa Patterson and David Rothman | October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Ties between healthcare organizations and drug and device companies are under unprecedented scrutiny. Almost every week, a major news story appears on a glaring conflict of interest that affects patient care. Policymakers are probing the influence...
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Opinions-Letters
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Readers sound off on ICD-10
October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
I read with great interest the Oct. 13 commentary “Now’s the time for ICD-10” (p. 22) by my friend and colleague Linda Kloss, chief executive officer of the American Health Information Management Association. We share many of the same viewpoints on...
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Guest Columnist
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Growing evidence | Studies show the therapeutic value of healing gardens
By Charles S. Lauer | October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
It was said in passing, but I remembered the remarks a good friend had made at a social gathering.
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News Makers
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On the Move
October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Maulik Joshi was named the next president of the American Hospital Association’s research affiliate, the Health Research and Educational Trust. Joshi, 40, also becomes senior vice president for research at the AHA, with the new role beginning...
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Physician Affairs

Outliers
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Outliers: Well you can tell by the way I do CPR, I practice to ‘Stayin’ Alive’
October 27, 2008 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In conjuring up images of CPR, Outliers doesn’t usually think of disco balls, leisure suits or the Bee Gees.
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