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  December 19, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

In Defense of Hospital Ad Spending

Marianne Aiello

Media criticism of healthcare dollars spent on marketing and advertising is abundant, but leaders know that it's difficult to care for a community if people don't know who you are, what you stand for, and the services you provide. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

How $7.7B Baylor, Scott & White Deal Might Affect Healthcare Costs

While the proposed merger improves the unified system's economies of scale, efficiencies, market share, and negotiating clout with payers, there are questions about whether or not the accelerating trend of hospital consolidations such as this are escalating healthcare costs for consumers. >>>

CFOs' Top 3 Lessons of 2012

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. >>>

Healthcare Workers Don't Always Practice What They Preach

A study finds such little variation in health practices between healthcare workers and non-healthcare workers, that one of its authors concludes, "healthcare workers are no better than anybody else," in most cases. >>>

States Lean on Feds for Health Insurance Exchanges

As of the deadline Friday, 25 states have decided to let the federal government set up and run their exchanges and 18 states and the District of Columbia have said they will run their own. >>>

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. >>>

Big Data Sparks a Quest for Simplicity

The end of the year is a great time to pause and ask ourselves whether we are trying to gather too much data too fast. Maybe what we really need is small data—the data that matters most. >>>



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News Headlines

Hospitals fear they'll bear brunt of Medicare cuts

The New York Times, December 19, 2012

Aetna CEO Bertolini: Get ready for 'rate shock'

Forbes, December 19, 2012

St. Luke's rolls out 'VIP' room

New York Daily News, December 19, 2012

Can HMA make good on promises to Bayfront and St. Pete?

Tampa Bay Times, December 18, 2012

Empty beds may signal too many hospitals

Portland Press Herald, December 18, 2012

As docs flock to hospitals, bills spike for patients

The Charlotte Observer, December 17, 2012

Health insurers' market is jumbled

Star Tribune / Bloomberg News, December 17, 2012

CA Healthcare crisis: not enough specialists for the poor

Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2012

A shift in how healthcare is paid for

Los Angeles Times, December 14, 2012

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

Gallup.com, December 14, 2012



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Rounds: Clinical Integration at Scott & White

Date: January 8, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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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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