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Execs Grapple with Healthcare Cost Problem

Edward Prewitt

Efficiency is the watchword as healthcare finance executives aim to reduce costs and improve processes. That's a tall order, and the coming changes in healthcare won't make it easy. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Fiscal Cliff Stopgap Delays 'Doc Fix,' but Hits Hospitals

Hospitals are the big losers in the taxpayer relief legislation passed by Congress while physicians dodged a cut to the sustainable growth rate formula for another year. >>>

3 Groups Payers Will Watch Closely in 2013

As the new year unfolds, several details of healthcare reform remain either unclear or unresolved. The actions of three groups in particular will have a significant impact on payers' decisions in the next 12 months. >>>

Hospital Revenue Sources Reach Dubious Milestone

As the number of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries overtakes the number of private sector workers, it's clearer than ever that hospitals' revenue growth will continue to be constrained. >>>

Drop in Central-Line Infection Rates Linked to Disinfection Caps

Using a tiny alcohol-impregnated cap on central line hubs has been shown to reduce bloodstream infections by half, a study conducted at three Illinois hospitals finds. >>>

Nonprofits Weigh Benefits of Buyer Joint Ventures

Buyer joint ventures are growing in popularity. In these deals, nonprofit hospitals sell their majority ownerships to for-profit partners, while still retaining a minority interest that includes an active role in hospital governance. >>>

HL20: Gerilynn Sevenikar—Helping Patients Navigate the High Cost of Care

In our annual HealthLeaders 20 feature, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. This is the story of Gerilynn Sevenikar, who has found ways to help the self-pay patient population gain federal or state funding, and opened the door for Sharp HealthCare System to obtain millions of dollars in payments. >>>



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Optimize the Nurse Skill Set—Lower Labor Costs and Raise Quality

Date: January 24, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services develops new programs and tools as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, healthcare providers must focus on the care continuum model. Join Glide Health Services and Huron Healthcare as they share their tools for managing nurse labor costs.

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News Headlines

Hospitals flex lobbying muscle to bypass some cuts

Politico, January 7, 2013

Rivalry drives up medical charges in MO

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 7, 2013

Fiscal bill extends a Medicare lifeline to small, rural hospitals

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, January 7, 2013

House rules aim to block controversial healthcare board's Medicare cuts

The Hill, January 4, 2013

West Penn Allegheny Health System warned of default

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 4, 2013

Will rural healthcare providers pay more for broadband?

Government Technology, January 4, 2013

Fiscal cliff cuts $1.9B from Obamacare: here's how

The Washington Post, January 3, 2013

Link between healthcare spending, quality unclear

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, January 3, 2013

In collecting bills, UNC Health Care has powerful friends

Newsobserver.com, January 3, 2013

FL Hospital to offer health insurance

The Daytona Beach News-Journal, January 3, 2013



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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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From HealthLeaders Magazine

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. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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