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Does HCA Follow Best Practices?

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Though HCA has come under fire for aggressive billing tactics, some of its practices have been modified and imitated by other healthcare providers. Moreover, HCA's approach parallels healthcare reform goals. >>>


Editor's Picks

Physician Fee Schedule Proposal Generates Calls for Changes

Public comments on a proposed rule to set the Medicare physician fee schedule for 2013 provide insight into the complicated fee structure and focus on care coordination, misvalued codes, multiple procedure payment reductions, telehealth services, and scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists. >>>

Nonprofit Hospitals Shifting Investment Portfolios

The move away from bonds and other fixed income securities toward more diverse portfolios could make nonprofit healthcare organizations less vulnerable to market swings, analysis from Commonfund shows. >>>

IOM Urges 10 Major Healthcare Fixes

The Institute of Medicine, citing widespread wasteful and inefficient practices, is calling for a major overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system to use resources better and to remove barriers to quality care. >>>

OPPS Comments Focus on Observation Status

Many hospitals, physicians, and physician groups believe that every day spent under observation should count toward the three-day minimum stay required for post-acute care coverage under Medicare, public comments show. >>>

Not-for-Profit Hospitals Show Stability in a Challenging Market

Executives have done a good job stabilizing margins after the Great Recession but still face challenges from flat inpatient volumes, healthcare reform mandates, and lower reimbursements linked to government budget pressures, according to a report from Moody's Investors Service. >>>

$9.25M in Fines for Medical Errors Goes Largely Unspent in CA

While California health officials roll out the latest batch of hospital horrors revealing how many patients died or suffered as a result of patient care errors, millions of dollars in fines that should have been directed toward quality improvement have not been spent. >>>

Hospital M&A Boom's Top 3 Drivers

Once you understand the forces driving the steady increase in the number of hospital mergers and acquisitions, there is no reason to think that the trend will reverse itself anytime soon. >>>

LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Way

Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. 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. >>>

News Headlines

Medical debt in MA persists

The Boston Globe, September 10, 2012

The great Medicare cost-control experiment begins

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, September 7, 2012

FL trauma care fight with HCA goes to appeals court

Jacksonville Business Journal, September 7, 2012

Ascension Health announces agreement to buy 36-hospital system

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 6, 2012

NY hospital to pay $13.4M in Medicare-Medicaid scam

New York Daily News, September 6, 2012

6 Hudson Valley hospitals to create alliance

Poughkeepsie Journal, September 6, 2012

Medicare reimbursement incentive less than effective

Reuters, September 5, 2012

Duke, LifePoint to pump $350M in Marquette General

Nashville Business Journal, September 5, 2012

CalPERS saves $37M as medical groups coordinate healthcare

Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2012

HHS awards new grants for healthcare co-ops

The Hill, September 4, 2012

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Webcast: Managing Disruptive Docs in a New Era of Hospital-Physician Relations

Date: Sept. 17, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET) Left unchecked, disruptive physicians do more than just create a negative work environment; they endanger patient care and can lead to million-dollar lawsuits and bad publicity. Top experts from Sanford Health and other leading organizations demonstrate early intervention techniques and a range of effective resources that can help you reduce behavioral problems, retain star physicians, and create a healthier workplace. Register Today >>>

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