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3 Reasons to Fall In Love Again...With Healthcare Finance
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

This is slated to be one of the hardest years ever for many healthcare leaders. While it may be tempting to walk away from the financial complexities of the healthcare industry for good, we've got three good reasons to stick around and make things work. [Read More]
 
  February 14, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
What do CFOs Anticipate for 2011?
The HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2011 is out—and there are a slew of interesting findings. Learn what your peers think of health reform and more. Most CFOs are seeing their cash-on-hand improve since last year, but 22% expecting it to worsen in the coming year (an increase of 4% from last year). You can also check out what the rest of the C-Suite thinks about the direction of healthcare. [Read More]
HCA Announces Management Shakeup, Subsidiary
The nation's largest for-profit hospital chain has announced an immediate "internal reorganization" and creation of a new business unit that will provide services to other healthcare companies. [Read More]
High Healthcare Costs Continue to Provoke Finger Pointing
Healthcare providers and health plans are at it again, bickering over who holds the cards when it comes to negotiating rates. If you recall, late last year the Center for Studying Health System Change issued a report stating that in many markets, providers had enough clout to negotiate "higher-than-competitive prices," putting insurers at a disadvantage and ultimately driving up premiums. [Read More]
Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]
Audio conference: Ensuring IRS-Compliant Physician Compensation Plans
As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. [Read More]
 
Finance Forum
Private Equity's Interest in Non-Profit Hospitals: What's Next?
Recent news suggests a growing trend of acquisitions of charitable hospitals by private-equity firms. While some concerns may linger over the possible negative affect from these deals, the business models that are created to meet requirements overseen by the States' Attorneys General in connection with such sales should alleviate these concerns, experts say.

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Finance Headlines
Analyst predicts flat initial Medicare rates
Bloomberg, February 11, 2011
Health insurers pushed to cut rates
The Boston Globe, February 11, 2011
Plans steer patients to lower-cost hospitals
The Boston Globe, February 10, 2011
States must cut healthcare programs
USA Today, February 10, 2011
Physician owners ante up $3M to save Doctors' Hospital in MI
Detroit News, February 10, 2011
Disease Prevention Gets $750M in Fed Funds
HealthLeaders Media, February 10, 2011
Health law faces changes due to costs
The Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2011
Top-Spending Hospitals Save More Lives After Heart Attack
HealthLeaders Media, February 6, 2011
 
 
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Money Talk

Who's Up and Who's Down?

Sheridan Healthcare, Sunrise, FL
Rating: B
Outlook: Positive
Affected Debt: $160 million
Agency: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
Remarks: Physician outsourcing provider Sheridan Healthcare Inc. will be using funds from a proposed $160 million incremental term loan B to fund acquisitions. S&P affirmed a B corporate credit and existing issue-level ratings. The outlook was revised to positive from stable, reflecting the company's more disciplined financial policy.
 
Audio Feature

Elliott Fisher: Data-Driven ACO Visionary:
When asked where he sees himself in 10 years, Fisher commonly hailed as the father of accountable care organizations, is self effacing. "I might be in hiding because ACOs failed," he jokes. Find out what else this thought leader has to say about the future of ACOs.[Sponsored by Emdeon] [Listen Now]
 
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