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5 Healthcare Uncertainties Made Clearer

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Healthcare business and finance discussions have centered on one thing lately: uncertainty. Now is a good time to catch up on how the industry's most vexing issues have progressed over what has been a busy summer from the halls of the Supreme Court to the physician group next door. >>>


Editor's Picks

HHS Finalizes ICD-10 Deadline Delay

In issuing the final rule, the Department of Health and Human Services postpones until Oct. 1, 2014 the date by which covered entities must comply with ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes. >>>

HCA Probe Reignites Questions Over Interventional Appropriateness

It may be too early to tell whether a federal investigation into allegedly unnecessary cardiac procedures will prompt cardiology practitioners and hospitals around the country to change their management approaches. >>>

Find the Right Pace for Innovation

How and when to cannibalize your current business model in order to transform to another is a key strategic question for senior hospital executives. Unfortunately, the right answer won't be evident until it's too late. >>>

Q&A: MA Lawmaker on Cost Containment

The Massachusetts senator behind the state's new law to rein in healthcare costs details the role providers and payers will play in the effort, and colorfully explains why it includes a provision to monitor whether the reforms will reduce defensive medicine. >>>

3 Mobile Strategies for Growing Hospital Market Share

If your hospital is not already interacting with patients connecting via smartphones and other mobile devices, it may unintentionally be alienating a large group of patients—and future patients. >>>

Top 10 Hospital Contracting Priorities

Hospitals are more concerned with increasing their reimbursement rates and limiting claims denials than they are with developing bundled payments or ACOs, a survey of health system CEOs, CFOs, and payer relations executives shows. >>>

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News Headlines

Affordable Care Act driving healthcare mergers

The Washington Post, August 27, 2012

Some hospital networks also become insurers

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, August 27, 2012

Despite Democrats' warnings, private Medicare plans find success

The New York Times, August 27, 2012

Hospital pays out in scam involving work done on homeless

Catholic Online, August 27, 2012

Proposed Medicaid fraud rules worry providers

The Texas Tribune, August 24, 2012

House committee seeks IRS documents on healthcare law

Reuters, August 24, 2012

NY's model for Medicaid managed care

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 24, 2012

Memorial Health to pay over $1M after federal probe of patient referral practices

The Chattanoogan, August 24, 2012

Medicare spending forecast reduced in new CBO analysis

Reuters, August 23, 2012

Steward Health Care System moves to buy Mercy Hospital in ME

The Boston Globe, August 21, 2012

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