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HCA Coding Methods Invigorate Profits. This is Bad?

Philip Betbeze

HCA got smart about how to better manage its emergency department and to better document the work its clinicians are doing on patients. On its face, what's wrong with that? >>>

 

Editor's Picks

WellPoint CEO Angela Braly Makes Her Exit

Capping weeks of intense media and shareholder scrutiny, the chief of WellPoint is stepping down. A look at Angela Braly's tenure reveals significant acquisitions, but slipping profits and low ratings from hospital executives. >>>

HCA Probe Spotlights Cardiologists' 'Irresistible Temptation'

Accusations that thousands of patients underwent inappropriate heart procedures at HCA hospitals may be better explained by a phenomenon in which interventionalists see a vessel narrowing and are overcome with an urge to fix it, even if the patient won't benefit from the procedure. >>>

CA Fines 14 Hospitals for Medical Errors

In the latest round of civil penalties issued for violations or deficiencies constituting an immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of a hospital patient, California hospitals are penalized for making errors that led to five deaths. >>>

How One Hospital Works to Win Over Patients

While Stony Brook University Medical Center in NY has won awards for clinical work, it is among many high-achieving clinical facilities trying to improve patient satisfaction and raise its HCAHPS scores. >>>

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. >>>

Healthcare Business Models Clash with Reforms

While healthcare executives responding to a KPMG Healthcare survey say they expect major changes in the way healthcare is delivered and paid for in the next five years, they also indicate that the fee-for-service model is far from dead. >>>

Texas Sidestep Exposes Medicaid Rhetoric

There are legitimate disagreements on how to pay for healthcare. But responsible leaders can do so without firing election-year broadsides against programs that affect the fiscal health of their cities and counties, and the physical health of millions of their most vulnerable constituents. >>>

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News Headlines

 

Stents may have been unnecessarily placed in patients at St. John Medical Center

Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 31, 2012

HealthPartners, Park Nicollet plan to merge

Star Tribune, August 31, 2012

Opinion: Expanding Medicaid—the smart decision for MD

Health Affairs, August 31, 2012

Dispute between Aetna, CMA heats up

Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2012

At halfway mark in Parkland Hospital's overhaul, crises remain

The Dallas Morning News, August 30, 2012

Opinion: Former LSU hospital chief knew and said too much

The Advertiser, August 29, 2012

Gainsharing, Shared Savings Examined

HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2012

Aurora, IASIS Healthcare announce partnership

Nashville Business Journal, August 28, 2012

ICD-10 deadline keeps momentum alive, C-suite engaged

Government Health IT, August 28, 2012

Health plan chief to head MLK Jr. hospital

Los Angeles Times, August 28, 2012



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

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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