February 2011 Review – From Camp to Career – How Health Care Summer Camps Changed Their Futures

For the last six years, VHHA has co-sponsored Health Career Camps with member hospitals as a way to “reach down the pipeline” for the future health care workforce. The camp experience introduces middle school students to the various professions and informs them of the necessary educational requirements for each field. As almost all health careers require college education,…

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Trustees & Quality, The Buck Stops Here

Governing boards of hospitals and health systems are examining their responsibility for the quality of care delivered in their organizations with new vigor in the context of recent attention to medical errors and patient safety and the proliferation of patient safety initiatives. Organizational performance improvement begins with effective governance. This article describes the legal and…

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Stroke Care in Virginia, Improvements Underway and On the Way

Hospitals and health systems constantly strive to improve the quality and safety of patient care. In Virginia, stroke care has received significant attention in recent years from providers, patient advocates and policymakers. Despite recent improvements, the Commonwealth has a relatively high level of stroke incidence and mortality compared to national averages. This article will describe…

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Preparing for the Unknown, Collaboration in Virginia’s Hospital Emergency Management Program

Hospitals have for many years had emergency plans. Historically, little was done to incorporate them into regional or statewide planning. However, that changed in Virginia before the events of September 11, 2001. Events like the first New York City and Oklahoma City bombings highlighted the need to coordinate private sector health care with community emergency…

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Measure Twice, Cut Once, Electricity and Health Care Regulation in Virginia

Strong negative experiences with electricity deregulation in other states, including soaring electric bills and rolling service interruptions, led the 2007 Virginia General Assembly to commit significant time and effort to addressing the Commonwealth’s own state of electricity deregulation. Consumer advocates, industry representatives and policy makers alike agreed that the deregulation plan of the late 1990s…

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Getting It Right, Responsible COPN Deregulation

Health care is one of America’s most heavily regulated fields. Government influences that defy free market principles, including federal unfunded mandates to care for emergency department patients regardless of their ability to pay and Medicaid rates that fall far short of the cost of care provided, often create barriers to sustaining essential health care services….

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Medicaid Reform – A Year Later

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and its Commonwealth Care Coalition partners (the Virginia Health Care Association, The Medical Society of Virginia, the Virginia Association of Health Plans, the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians, Virginia’s Family Physicians and AARP Virginia) are committed to strengthening the value and improving the financial sustainability of Virginia’s Medicaid program….

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