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CFOs' Top 3 Lessons of 2012

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

A year's worth of research, interviews, and discussions with chief financial officers of hospitals and health systems yields lessons about the impact of healthcare reform on physician payments, sustainable cuts, and new paths toward growth. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Baylor Health Care System, Scott & White to Merge

Two already big Texas hospital systems have signed a letter of intent to merge in what will be the largest nonprofit integrated delivery system in the state, and possibly the southwest. >>>

Medicare, Hospitals at Odds Over Payment for Sicker Patients

While hospitals are managing Medicare patients with rising rates of chronic disease, the federal government "doesn't want to pay more for the rising severity that has been uncovered by their new, more accurate payment system," says an analyst with the American Hospital Association. >>>

Medical Practice Costs Creep Higher

An MGMA-ACMPE report finds a "64% increase in total operating costs for multi-specialty practices" since 2001. In comparison, 2011 shows a modest 1.27% increase from 2010 for physician-owned practices. >>>

Cost Control Lies in Optimizing Use of Services

Focusing on reducing utilization of lab tests and other expensive healthcare services may hurt you now, but it prepares your organization for a financial future based on outcomes. >>>

How ACOs Are Slowing Healthcare Costs

This year's historically low rate of growth in health insurance premium costs—just 4%—is attributable to the spread of the Accountable Care Organization model and proof that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is working, says the Commonwealth Fund. >>>

Hospital Medicare Funds Get Bipartisan Push

Funding for 212 Medicare-dependent hospitals and about 650 low-volume hospitals expired when the new federal budget year began on October 1. But hope remains, in the form of a bill cosponsored by 26 Senators from both parties. >>>

Healthcare's Senior Leadership Pay Continues to Rise

Across hospital and health system C-suites, compensation packages for senior executives continue to rise, though changes to incentive structures may be influencing the size of the increases. >>>



Intelligence Report

Regulatory Strategies—From Medicare to Meaningful Use

More than 80 percent of U.S. healthcare executives acknowledge they are not prepared to make the leap from fee-based payment to shared-risk payment. The new Intelligence Report "Regulatory Strategies: From Medicare to Meaningful Use," found that 36 percent of healthcare leaders are "not prepared at all" for the move to shared-risk payment mechanism that will be central to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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News Headlines

As docs flock to hospitals, bills spike for patients

The Charlotte Observer, December 17, 2012

Healthcare reform exclusions raise concerns over funding for uninsured

Las Vegas Sun, December 17, 2012

LSU hospitals privatization plans approved

Daily World / Associated Press, December 17, 2012

A shift in how healthcare is paid for

Los Angeles Times, December 14, 2012

Healthcare costs rise faster than wages

NJ.com / The Star-Ledger, December 14, 2012

More than 3 in 10 put off medical care due to cost

Gallup.com, December 14, 2012

Opinion: To cut healthcare costs, pay docs less

Bloomberg, December 14, 2012

Medicare silver bullets: What's the best way to control costs?

Kaiser Health News, December 13, 2012

Hospitals outsource more revenue cycle operations

InformationWeek, December 13, 2012

LifeCare files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

The Seattle Times / Associated Press, December 12, 2012



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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. >>>

 

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