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S&P: Healthcare Getting a Grip on Expensess
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Healthcare leaders might expect ratings agency Standard and Poor's to bear bad news when it comes to reform, the economy, and their impact on access to capital. But the current state of healthcare finances isn't as bad as some might think. [Read More]

  July 5, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
5 Secrets to ACO Success
Transparency and these five core competencies are 'must haves' for accountable care organizations that wish to achieve Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Don Berwick's three-part aim: better care, better health, and lower costs, experts suggest. [Read More]
Rising Healthcare Costs May be Impervious to Courts, Regulators
Government demand for better value and quality in healthcare is sparking once unthinkable industry alliances. But don't bet on seeing cost savings as a result. In other industries, consolidation serves as a basis for negotiating healthy price increases as well. [Read More]
Why Rural EDs Are Struggling to Survive
A statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shines a light on just how wide the gap is between rural and non-rural emergency departments. Low occupancy rates, hospital admissions, and a shortage of general surgeons and specialists, are hurting the viability of rural facilities, one of the report's co-authors says. The data may help CMS, HHS, and private payers to see that rural hospitals play an important role for patients, but need adequate compensation to keep their EDs running. [Read More]
6 Factors Influence IL Race for Hospital Construction Rights
Does McHenry County, Illinois need a new hospital? The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is expected to address the question this month when it considers certificate-of-need (CON) applications submitted by Mercy Crystal Lake Hospital & Medical Center and Centegra Health System. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line
54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Read More]
Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
Date: July 20, 2011
What: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.
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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
HMA to Buy Mercy Health for $525M
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 5, 2011
Hospital CEO pay has some ill at ease
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 5, 2011
Device price secrecy may drive up costs at Miami's Jackson Health
Miami Herald, July 5, 2011
HHS Issues Final Interim 'Red Tape' Rule
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2011
HFMA: Integration Takes Teamwork, Communication
Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011
CHS to Sell Two OK Hospitals to Ardent Subsidiary
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2011
Highmark to Acquire WPAHS
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media June 29, 2011
Calculating the ROI on Patient Satisfaction Efforts
Sandie Colatrella, RN, BSN, CLNC for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2011
Webcasts/Rounds
Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
July 20, 2011
Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language
July 27, 2011
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
August 16, 2011
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The Challenge of the ICU
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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

ACOs vs. Provider/Health Plan Partnerships
Rob Parke, principal and consulting actuary with the New York office of the independent actuarial and consulting firm, Milliman, discusses provider-health plan partnerships as a way to avoid the pitfalls of an ACO. [Listen Now] [Sponsored by Emdeon]
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