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For More Revenue and Less Grief, Try Charging Less

Philip Betbeze

Hospitals that go after self-pay debt with a heavy hand end up with little or nothing in revenue and worse, once word gets out about their aggressive tactics. It's a dangerous game, especially for nonprofits. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

'Historically' Low Healthcare Spending Growth Predicted for 2013

PricewaterhouseCoopers attributes much of the projected slower growth to the tepid economy, the healthcare industry's broad focus on cost containment, and efforts by employers to keep health insurance expenses down. >>>

HCAHPS Scores Show Wide Variation

Hospitals attribute wide variations in patient responses to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers Systems survey to a number of factors, including hospital size and specialty, physical conditions within the hospital, and nurse-to-patient ratios. >>>

Slideshow: Emergency Departments Focus on Flow

Patient flow is among the greatest challenges in the emergency department. Hospital leaders are strategizing to reduce congestion, cut wait times, and improve care coordination. View data from the most recent HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report in this slideshow. >>>

CMS Identifies Recovery Auditor Findings

For the first time since it began publishing a quarterly Medicare compliance newsletter, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released CERT findings on problematic billing errors. >>>



NEW Live Webcast

Medical Home—Prime Your Organization for Launch

Date: June 15, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Is establishing a medical home the right fit for your organization? Move beyond the buzz and learn from experts about the realities of assessing readiness and preparing for medical homes, including physician buy-in, transitioning, standardizing care regardless of payer restrictions, and reimbursement structure. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a Q&A, an online forum, a takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>



News Headlines

WI healthcare systems revamping payment methods

Journal Sentinel, June 1, 2012

Mayor talks to UM, Jackson heads about bitter contract dispute

Miami Herald, June 1, 2012

Hospitals fight drug scarcity, fear patients harmed

Reuters, June 1, 2012

Aetna CEO says Supreme Court won't drop entire health law

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, May 31, 2012

IT could end up being health reform's highest hurdle

Politico, May 31, 2012

Experts question whether MA can reduce healthcare costs

The Washington Post, May 31, 2012

Accretive senior VP apologizes, defends firm's mission

Star Tribune, May 31, 2012

Legislation defines charity care for IL hospitals

Chicago Tribune, May 31, 2012

PA closes in on health IT network

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 30, 2012

OH hospitals keep $3B in cash reserves

The Columbus Dispatch, May 30, 2012



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Multimedia/Events

Rounds: Excellence in Cardiac Care—Elements of Success from The Mount Sinai Medical Center

Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
How do you balance the latest in advanced cardiovascular treatment with market growth? Join HealthLeaders media and the cardiovascular team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center to learn how Sinai has reinvented one of the top cardiovascular enterprises in the country, and has climbed up the national rankings dramatically in the past five years. >>>



From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

ACO Blueprints: Options in Accountability

As the healthcare industry moves away from a transaction-based system, leading organizations are exploring accountable care models of various types. >>>

 

Aetna Building National ACO Network

 

Emphasis on Support in Decision Support



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