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Medicaid Expansion Puts Bottom Line on Borrowed Time

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Now that the smoke has cleared from the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, what's the upshot for financial leaders? It appears the only thing healthcare CFOs can count on is that they will have to slash costs, but they are working with borrowed time to develop their new business models. >>>

 

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Healthcare Cost Growth Steamrolls CPI

Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show that per capita cost growth covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.78% over the 12 months ending June. In the larger economy, inflation rose by 1.7% as measured by the Consumer Price Index. >>>

More Trauma Care Spending Doesn't Raise Survival Rates

Researchers find that the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33% higher than the cost of treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast. But the reasons for the price variance are not well understood, and "spending more doesn't always mean saving more lives," says the study's leader. >>>

Humana, FL Physicians Group Bundle Radiation Services

Health insurer Humana has contracted with a large Florida-based oncology group in what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind effort to bundle payments for radiation therapy services. Under the plan, doctors will provide a defined set of treatments and procedures for a fixed price. >>>

'Informed Decision' May Irk Surgeons as It Cuts Costs

The notion of an informed shared medical decision made by patients advised by primary care physicians and others could hurt fee-for-service specialists' and hospitals' revenue by reducing volume. But it could greatly improve quality of care and the health of the healthcare dollar. >>>

Payers' Optimism Tempered By Economic Realities

While upbeat about the growth they are expecting in Medicaid and Medicare enrollments and opportunities around accountable care organizations, senior executives at major public health plans concede that economic factors may be working against them. >>>

What Drives Your Success? Maybe Not What You Think

If you lead a healthcare organization that's constantly touted as one of the highest quality or most innovative health systems in the nation, congratulations. Just make sure you're not fooling yourself about why that's the case. >>>


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News Headlines

MD hospitals push for insurers to pay Medicare and Medicaid cost shift

The Washington Post, August 20, 2012

US not-for-profit hospitals' outlook negative

Reuters, August 17, 2012

Boston-area hospital bosses earn up to $3M

The Boston Globe, August 17, 2012

WellPoint viewed worst by hospitals as UnitedHealth improves, survey says

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 16, 2012

Health law benefits some MA hospitals, penalizes others

The Boston Globe, August 16, 2012

Hoag, St. Joseph form hospital partnership in CA

Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2012

Giant hospital chain creates a windfall for private equity

The New York Times, August 15, 2012


CA nonprofit hospitals face state hearing on tax-exempt status

Los Angeles Times, August 15, 2012

Hospitals treating poor hardest hit by readmissions penalties

Kaiser Health News, August 15, 2012

LSU seeks partnerships to keep university hospitals open

The Advocate, August 15, 2012


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Webcast: Going Mobile—Defining Strategy and Establishing Metrics

Date: August 28, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET)

Mobile solutions provide new ways to serve patients, improve efficiency, and deliver greater value. Discover how Swedish Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Mercy Health have built mobile strategies that advance their business goals and how you can too. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>



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Trying to Win Over Patients

Providing top-notch care is no longer enough. Healthcare leaders must now deliver a high-level patient experience or face the financial repercussions. >>>

 

Overcoming Interventional Radiology Turf Wars

 

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