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Do Locum Tenens Physicians Fit Your Strategic Plan?
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

When assessing the actual value of locum tenens doctors, remember to periodically re-validate their costs and don't forget to factor in patient satisfaction and quality of care, advises a staffing expert. [Read More]

  May 16, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Beyond Costs: The Value of Comanagement Agreements
As Medicare reimbursements decrease and many smaller group practices struggle to maintain their margins, more than a few physicians have begun to seek the financial shelter afforded them by hospital employment. Not all physician practices, however, are interested in giving up their independence to join their local hospital or health system. Clinical comanagement agreements offer physicians and hospitals an opportunity to thrive, but the structures may vary, especially as accountable care organizations take seed. [Read More]
A Sleeper Service Line
The value of a good night's sleep is intangible, but there may be a great deal of tangible value in opening a sleep center at your hospital or health system. The growing number of potential patients combined with low start-up costs, minimal operating expenses, and high levels of reimbursement, make this service line financially appealing. [Read More]
Healthcare Job Growth Stubbornly Weak
While the healthcare sector is adding jobs, and demand is expected to remain strong, the pace of post-recession growth is the slowest it's been since 1960. What's going on? [Read More]
Breakthroughs: The Coordinated ED
Your emergency department is at the forefront of access and quality. Dynamic health systems are maximizing the efficiency, throughput, and patient experience of today's ED in a shrinking reimbursement environment. In this free report, leading hospital systems—Scripps Health, Grady Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance—share insights and lessons learned on maximizing the ED. [Read More]
Impact Analysis: Leaders Respond to CMS' Proposed ACO Regulations
The proposed regulations are indeed out, but what do they really mean to your organization and the industry? Get reactions from leaders at hospitals, health plans, and physician practices that are already well-versed in ACOs, including Monarch Healthcare, Alegent Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan /Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Geisinger Health System, Dean Health System, and Scripps Health. [Read More]
Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Healthcare Equipment Acquisition in an Improving Economy
Equipment financing, particularly of information technology such as electronic medical records, is a key acquisition strategy. An expert explains how healthcare organizations can strategically leverage their equipment financing.

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Finance Headlines
Health insurers making record profits as many postpone care
The New York Times, May 16, 2011
Partners' second-quarter income soars
The Boston Globe, May 6, 2011
Medicare Trustees Deliver Grim Outlook
HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2011
A Modest Proposal for Controlling Healthcare Costs
HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2011
Twin Cities hospitals post decade-high profits in 2009
Pioneer Press, May 13, 2011
Universal Health Services CEO suggests ways to fix healthcare
The Inquirer, May 13, 2011
Survey: Hospital CIOs to increase IT spending in 2011
InformationWeek, May 12, 2011
Tenet, CHS have work to do after takeover battle
Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswire, May 12, 2011
Webcsts/Rounds
Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
May 18, 2011
Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
May 18, 2011
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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.
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How Prepared is Your ED for Flu Season?
Authors of the book, The Hospital Executive's Guide to Emergency Department Management, Kirk Jensen, MD, MBA and Daniel Kirkpatrick from BestPractices, an emergency medicine leadership and staffing practice in Fairfax, Va., offer advice on how hospitals can ensure they are equipped to handle seasonal fluctuations in ED patient arrivals. [Listen Now]
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