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3 Creative Ways to Cut Nurse Labor Costs

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Reducing nursing staff can be detrimental to your hospital's quality of care and the patient's overall experience—two areas that CFOs should strive to bolster, not undercut. Look to nurse leaders to know how and when to trim the cost of nurses while maintaining quality of care. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

M&A Interest Still Strong

Look for mergers and acquisitions to remain strong in 2012. Nearly 60% of leaders indicate a "high interest" in acquiring a physician practice in the next 12–18 months. >>>

Spectrum Health Targets ED Frequent Fliers for Primary Care

In just six weeks, a program that places heavy users of the health system's emergency department services with a multi-specialist intervention team has saved about $300,000, Spectrum says. >>>

20% of Healthcare Dollars Spent on 1% of Population

The top 5% of the U.S. population, which accounts for half of all healthcare expenditures, may yield the biggest opportunity for realizing savings, suggests a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. >>>

Rural Hospitals Band Together for Insurance-Buying Power

A group of Texas community and rural hospitals launches a campaign to encourage a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to buying insurance. >>>



Finance Headlines

CO high-risk health insurance pool runs up claims twice U.S. average

Denver Post, January 17, 2012

Opinion: MD's Cohen saved billions, showed health regulation can work

The Baltimore Sun, January 17, 2012

U.S. to force drug firms to report money paid to doctors

The New York Times, January 17, 2012

Opinion: Cutting heathcare spending the old-fashioned way

The Washington Post, January 17, 2012

The sleep apnea business is booming, and insurers aren’t happy

NPR, January 17, 2012

Cost-cutting reaches Children's Hospital

Cincinnati.com, January 17, 2012

Highmark officials struggle with filling hospital beds, integrating care

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 17, 2012

Medical billing a target of fraud investigations

The Baltimore Sun, January 13, 2012

Are Americans getting healthier?

The Wall Street Journal, January 13, 2012

Report: IL hospitals' charity care growing

Rockford Register Star / Associated Press, January 13, 2012



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2011

Determination and a willingness to take a chance are among the qualities we see in our annual HealthLeaders 20 as they set about dedicating their professional lives to making a difference for good in healthcare. >>>

 

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