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  March 18, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Hospital Execs Name Top Revenue Challenges

René Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Revenue cycle processes that don't run as smoothly as they should are hospital killers. As reimbursement models evolve, healthcare executives know it's more important than ever to collect all the money they are owed for services rendered. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

When States Reject Medicaid Expansion, Providers, Businesses Will Pay

States that reject Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act will subject the hospitals and employers within their borders to a considerable financial hit, separate analyses show. >>>

CMS Unveils Hospital Violations Database

A searchable online database of federal safety rule violations at U.S. hospitals has been launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It is available to healthcare providers, payers, and patients. >>>

Does Executive Compensation Structure Need an Overhaul?

More than a third of healthcare leaders we surveyed say major enhancements are needed to their organizations' executive compensation structure to retain and engage leaders. Four senior executives share their views on benefits packages, incentive plans, and making staff "really earn it." >>>

CMS Changes Course on Rebilling RAC-Denied Claims

In a victory for hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says it will change its policy of denying reimbursements for care determined by auditors to have been delivered inappropriately in an inpatient setting. >>>

Who Wins in Cleveland Clinic, CHS Alliance?

Under a deal announced this week, the Cleveland Clinic, a non-profit academic medical center, and for-profit Community Health Systems will remain independent, but work together to make operational improvements. >>>

Hospitals Fight MedPAC Rate Plan

Under one Medicare Payment Advisory Commission proposal, Medicare might pay hospitals the same rate it now pays for services in a physician's office. Several options are on the table, but under all scenarios, federal payments to hospitals would drop dramatically. >>>

Diabetes Costs Hit $245B in 2012

More than half (62.4%) of the cost of diabetes care is provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and other government payers; 34.4% is paid for by commercial plans; 3.2% is paid for by the uninsured. >>>

Readmissions Prevention Begins at Admission

The first step toward curbing hospital readmissions is to identify, upon admission, patients who might be at risk for congestive heart failure, diabetes, or pneumonia. >>>



Roundtable

Roundtable: Capital Finance—Changing Structures

Download this FREE report featuring senior executives from Banner Health, Trinity Regional Health System, West Virginia United Health System, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Healthcare financial leaders today must understand the fine points of different sources for funding, including banks, bonds, private equity, and philanthropic donations. They must join capital considerations with strategic planning to ready their organizations for the new era of healthcare. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

29 states get 'F' for price transparency laws

Kaiser Health News, March 18, 2013

How 'profitable' are ME hospitals? It depends

Bangor Daily News, March 18, 2013

Opinion: Hospitals' doctor-buying binge likely to end badly

Forbes, March 15, 2013

Hospital admissions continue to decline

The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 15, 2013

How much does an MRI cost?

The Washington Post, March 14, 2013

Ailing NY Downtown Hospital cuts entire residency program

DNAinfo.com, March 14, 2013

Can free video consults make Parkinson's care better?

NPR, March 14, 2013

NC lawmakers: Surgery centers would provide alternative to high hospital bills

News & Observer, March 13, 2013

Carolinas HealthCare income jumps 302%

Carolina Business Journal / The Business Journal, March 13, 2013

North Kansas City denies any plan to sell hospital to HCA

Kansas City Business Journal / The Business Journals, March 13, 2013



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