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Revenue Can't Fix Bad Metrics; Only Strategy Can

Philip Betbeze

A declining macro environment suggests that organizations in financial straits are likely to stay there. Rising revenues won't save them—they may need a strategy revamp. >>>


Editor's Picks

Q&A with WellPoint's Next CEO, Joe Swedish

In an interview, outgoing Trinity Health CEO Joe Swedish discusses the challenges he will take on next month when he becomes head of the nation's second-largest health insurance company. >>>

Hospital Consolidation Gets a New Playbook

The pressure to consolidate is unrelenting. What's really risky, and potentially rewarding, are nontraditional alignments that combine all of what healthcare providers are being asked to do by employers, the government, and commercial payers. >>>

Moody's: Nonprofit Healthcare Debt Sees Record Downgrade

Driven largely by falling patient volumes and weak revenue growth, not-for-profit healthcare debt logged a $20 billion downgrade in 2012—more than double than the previous year. >>>

Unlocking Value-Based Care's Upside

Data analytics—both clinical and actuarial—and hyper-focused care management in the form of "commando RNs" are two keys to readying healthcare organizations for value-based care, says the new CEO of xG Health Solutions. >>>

'Readmissions Week' Recap

The countdown toward higher federal penalties for hospitals with high readmission rates is on. That explains a heightened push by providers to impress upon patients their responsibilities to take care of themselves after being discharged. >>>

Scripps Seeks to Acquire Assets of Troubled Hospice

Scripps Health, which purchased a small hospice earlier this month, is "moving incrementally back into managed care, capitation, [and] bundled payments," says its CEO. >>>

IBM's Watson Heads for Clinics, Spurring Debate

Reports of Watson's projected diagnostic prowess have fed fevered speculation that artificial intelligence is at long last about to make doctors obsolete. But IBM insists that's not Watson's role. >>>

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Recruiting and Retaining Physicians for the Post-Reform Era

Date: March 22, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

States face Friday deadline on healthcare exchanges

USA Today, February 15, 2013

MedPAC chief warns of Medicare payment crisis

The Hill, February 15, 2013

Jackson Health System dismisses trauma petition

The Miami Herald, February 15, 2013

After 7 years, will Medicare finally have a leader?

The Washington Post, February 14, 2013

CA health chief looks within for solution to rising health costs

Kaiser Health News, February 14, 2013

MD's St. Joseph Medical Center not CMS-certified

The Baltimore Sun, February 13, 2013

Graph: The slowdown in US healthcare spending

The Atlantic, February 13, 2013

FL hospitals cooperate to tackle health issues

Jacksonville Business Journal, February 13, 2013

Observation units may ease burdens of ER care, but at a price

The Washington Post, February 12, 2013

Price for a new hip? Many hospitals are stumped

The New York Times, February 12, 2013

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Tablets and the Influence of Connective Technology

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