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NJ Hospital Closures May be Offset by Incentives

John Commins

A bill, wending its way through the New Jersey legislature, would allow generous tax credits for developers who buy former hospitals that have lost their state certificate of need and repurpose the buildings as medical arts malls. >>>

 

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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. >>>

M&A Strategies for Small Hospitals

The creativity surrounding deals among hospitals and health systems is expanding rapidly. The contention that a smaller entity is necessarily at a disadvantage in negotiations with a bigger system is outdated. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>



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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

Obamacare: 'It's a massive, nine-month sprint'

The Washington Post, December 18, 2012

AR hospital layoffs blamed on healthcare reform

The Arkansas City Traveler, 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

Healthcare reform exclusions raise concerns over funding for uninsured

Las Vegas Sun, December 17, 2012

A shift in how healthcare is paid for

Los Angeles Times, December 14, 2012

Mayor: Chicago can't afford to keep free water flowing to hospitals

Chicago Sun-Times, December 14, 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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