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  July 30, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

How Hospital Forecasting Just Got Tougher

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

With the uncertainty over which states will opt out of Medicaid, financial leaders in healthcare settings need a handle on their local and national political scenes and must predict the impact on reimbursements and patient volumes. In other words, they need to know everything. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Not-for-Profit Healthcare Outlook Remains Negative

Debt downgrades in the not-for-profit healthcare sector are expected to continue, according to Moody's Investors Services. The firm has had a negative outlook on the sector since November 2008, when the financial crisis began. >>>

Hospital Executives' Confidence In Caring for Uninsured Varies

Confidence at the leadership level in the current quality of care for the uninsured varies. HealthLeaders Media Council members comment on how their organizations rate, as well as challenges they anticipate when budgeting to care for the uninsured. >>>

Insurers Join HHS in Fighting Fraud

UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association are among the public and private payers partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services to detect and halt Medicare and other fraud schemes. >>>

Healthcare M&A Activity Surges in Q2

Buoyed by two blockbuster deals, the dollar value of healthcare services mergers and acquisitions tripled during the second quarter of 2012 compared with business activity among physician groups, hospitals, and managed care firms during the comparable quarter in 2011, a report shows. >>>

Don't Bungle Bundled Payments

Before jumping into a bundled payment initiative, senior healthcare leaders should test and evaluate how accepting one payment for a variety of services performed under a single care episode would affect their bottom line. >>>

Rural Hospitals Prep for 'March' on Washington

Renewed funding for Medicare-dependent hospitals and optimism are on the agenda as the National Rural Health Association takes its message to Congress, where a pending bill to preserve funding is one of the few that has bipartisan support in both chambers. >>>

Revealed: What's Really Driving Up Healthcare Costs

A study of three billion health insurance claims from Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare makes it plain. For one particular group, children under 18, the price of healthcare services has increased faster than either utilization or the intensity of those services. >>>

 

News Headlines

McKesson to pay $151M to settle drug-pricing suit

San Francisco Chronicle, July 30, 2012

UM med school's big ambitions led to big layoffs

Miami Herald, July 30, 2012

Hospitals are worried about cut in fund for the uninsured

The New York Times, July 27, 2012

Medicaid expansion may lower death rates, study says

The New York Times, July 27, 2012

NAPH Chief Warns of 'Disaster' if States Don't Expand Medicaid

HealthLeaders Media, July 26, 2012

WellPoint cuts forecast as quarterly profit misses view

Reuters, July 26, 2012

Worries grow as healthcare firms send jobs overseas

Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2012

CA healthcare costs still a struggle, poll says

San Francisco Chronicle, July 26, 2012

OR nonprofit health providers find room for expansion

The Oregonian, July 26, 2012

CBO: Healthcare law now cheaper, won't cover as many people

Politico, July 25, 2012


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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Physician-Hospital Alignment After the ACA Decision

Date: August 7, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
New models of hospital/physician integration are proliferating in a dynamic healthcare market. Discover which model best suits your institution—now and into the future. Industry experts provide proven tactics in a customized webcast with a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>


Rounds: A Comprehensive Women's Health Service Line—Lessons from North Shore-LIJ

Date: August 9, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
In three hours, learn direct from the founders of the Katz Institute for Women's Health about how to position your women's health programs to meet evolving physician and patient demands. Move beyond OB/GYN and learn to plan, build and operate a women's health center of excellence. >>>



From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>

 

Financial Benefits of Telehealth

 

The New ICD-10 Deadline



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