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Stop Cutting Costs: 4 Other Ways to Bolster the Bottom Line
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Cost efficiency and reductions top the priorities list of nearly every financial leader in healthcare. But concentrating on protecting and improving the top line may be a better path to enriching a facility's financial picture. [Read More]

  August 22, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
10 ACO Blunders You Can Avoid
Any entity considering becoming an accountable care organization must be prepared to avert these 10 costly missteps, says a public health expert. [Read More]
Private Equity Interest In Nonprofit Hospitals Growing
While some nonprofit hospitals and health systems continue to turn to debt leveraging as a means to pursue growth opportunities, others are turning to and being welcomed by private equity firms. [Read More]
Parkland Hospital Submits Plan to Remedy Deficiencies, Protect Funding
In response to a blistering pair of reviews from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Texas Department of Health Services, in which serious deficiencies were found, Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas has issued a corrective action plan. [Read More]
2011 Top Leadership Team Awards Recognize Big Moves
In its eighth year, HealthLeaders Media's Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare award program continues to recognize and celebrate outstanding teamwork in healthcare, to share what makes top leadership teams successful, and to encourage other leaders to learn from the best. [Read More]
Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes
Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process.
[Register Today]
Intelligence Report: The New Patient Experience Imperative
22% of healthcare leaders say lack of cultural fit or employee buy-in is their organization?s biggest patient experience stumbling block, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Healthcare's Cottage Supply Chain Needs a Makeover
We should be learning from and implementing best practices that have been realized in other industries to drive supply chain improvements that can provide the best patient outcomes at the best cost, an expert says.

[Read More]
Finance Headlines
Opinion: What?s charitable care?
Chicago Tribune, August 22, 2011
CMS to expand bid process for Medicare medical supplies
Bloomberg, August 22, 2011
Opinion: An e-ripoff of the U.S.
Los Angeles Times, August 22, 2011
New WellStar CEO to earn $975K in base pay
Cherokee Tribune, August 22, 2011
OIG: Soaring Medicaid Brand-name Drug Prices Offset by Rebates
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2011
Healthcare Cost Growth Accelerates Slightly
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2011
Cuts in healthcare may undermine role in labor market
The New York Times, August 18, 2011
Webcasts/Rounds
Rounds: Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates
September 16, 2011
Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
September 22, 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.
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How 'Carve-Outs' Help Health Plans Reduce Costs, Improve Outcomes
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