If youre reading this, chances are youre a healthcare news junkie like me. You just cant get enough healthcare business and policy news to keep you feeling totally informed. Over the years, weve developed new ways to feed your news cravings from a one-page daily fax newsletter to the Daily Dose to the Modern Healthcare Alert to an expanded and continually updated news section on our Web site, Modern Healthcare Online.
No holiday from the news
Modern Healthcare now offers weekend, holiday online news service
If youre like me, your feeling of being satiated and needing a break from the news starts to wane a little after lunchtime on Saturdays. You start checking your e-mail before the next soccer game or visiting a few Web sites before you start dinner, all in a desperate search for some fresh healthcare news. By 6 p.m. on Sunday, youre like a smoker looking for a misplaced cigarette a day after you vowed to quit and threw out two cartons. But search no more. Open up your laptop computer or pull up a chair to your PC. Weve started a weekend and holiday news service on our Web site. We will be posting at least one fresh news story in the Breaking News section on the site every Saturday, Sunday and holiday that our newsroom is officially closed.
In fact, we started our weekend and holiday news service two weekends ago when we posted three news stories over the Jan. 10-11 weekend: the resignation of Julie Gerberding as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Federal Trade Commission dropping its look back antitrust investigations of a
10-year-old hospital acquisition in North Carolina; and HHS inspector generals office clearing a rural group-practice multiple-ownership deal of any kickback problems.
In addition to keeping our readers informed through our extensive news operation, which now features weekend and holiday service, we also hope to keep our readers educated with more thought-provoking editorial content like special reports and other in-depth features. To further that part of our editorial mission, weve created two other features.
The first debuts on our Web site today, and its called Essays on Reform. There, we will be posting first-hand commentaries from leading industry figures on how to reshape the healthcare system. Our first essayists are: Charlie Baker, president and chief executive officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; John Dietz, board chairman of the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital; Emily Friedman, the well-known independent health policy analyst based in Chicago; Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital; and Wayne Sensor, CEO of Alegent Health, Omaha, Neb.
A summary of their pieces appears on the page opposite this editorial. If youd like to submit an essay for consideration, please send it to [email protected] We welcome submissions from all sectors of the industry but do reserve the right to review, edit and/or reject submissions for appropriateness of content.
The second, more thought-provoking feature that were creating is a series of webinars linked to several of our special reports throughout the year. Our first webinar will be held on March 4 in connection with our March 2 special report on investor-owned hospitals. The topic will be the new faces leading the investor-owned hospital sector. Please watch for information in print and online on how to register for the webinar.
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