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Hospital Thrift Store Cashes In On Volunteer Spirit

John Commins

Managed by volunteers who are considered part of the workforce, a hospital thrift shop in Illinois has raised more than $2 million over the last two years. But that's only part of the shop's value, which is seen as critical to hospital operations. >>>

 

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Two Hospital Merger Deals Collapse

Sanford Health offers barbed remarks for Fairview Health Services after announcing that their months-long confidential merger talks have ended without a deal. In the Pacific Northwest, Catholic Health Initiatives and Peace Health say their talks have ended. >>>

AHA: Obama Budget Proposes 'Troubling Reductions'

Healthcare industry groups are expressing concern over proposed cuts to Medicare and limits to charitable deductions, but favor the White House budget's proposed delay in cuts to disproportionate share hospital payments. >>>

Doctor's Double-Billing Illustrates Broken System

A pediatrician's billing policies—and an insurance company's inability to negotiate better terms—perfectly highlight the difficult work in store for those of us who would like to see more value in healthcare. >>>

When Physicians See Costs, They Act Like Consumers

When doctors are told the price of diagnostic laboratory tests, they respond like informed consumers and either order fewer tests or shop around for cheaper alternatives, a study shows. >>>

Radiologists Push Back on Reimbursement Cuts

A 25% multiple procedure payment reduction to Medicare reimbursements for interpretations of advanced diagnostic imaging scans performed on the same patient in the same session is drawing the ire of radiologists. >>>

Video Cameras in the OR May be Inevitable

Surgical teams have a lot to learn from watching themselves in action. If hospitals don't start recording surgical procedures as a method of stimulating quality improvements, they may eventually be forced to do so. >>>

To Improve Hospital Collections, Move Revenue Cycle Up Front

Although the idea of collecting money up front—or at least verifying insurance details to be certain the payer will ultimately reimburse for services—seems basic, it's surprisingly uncommon in the healthcare industry. >>>

Book Excerpt: Executive's Guide to Physician-Hospital Alignment

Having an alignment strategy and structure in place becomes the foundation upon which accountable care structures can be built. This book explores the benefits of alignment, alignment models and strategies, compensation strategies, legal and regulatory considerations, and alternative paths toward integration. >>>



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Date: April 25, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Hospital scene was like a battle zone

The Boston Globe, April 16, 2013

Marathon medical tent 'transformed into trauma unit'

Boston.com, April 16, 2013

FL hospitals brace for fight over trauma units

Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 16, 2013

DC hospitals: More patients, fewer overnight stays

Washington Business Journal, April 16, 2013

Avoiding emergency rooms

The New York Times, April 16, 2013

Cleveland Clinic app helps connect patients, doctors

MobiHealthNews, April 16, 2013

More often, hospitals decide not to admit patients

York Daily Record, April 15, 2013

Opinion: UPMC and other big nonprofits should remain tax-exempt

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 15, 2013

Hospital airs medical mistakes

Boston.com, April 11, 2013

LSU public hospital in Baton Rouge to close Monday

SFGate.com / Associated Press, April 11, 2013



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Grounding the Frequent Fliers

Strategies to curtail the unnecessary use of the emergency department involve efforts that rely on data, care management, and patient involvement. >>>

 

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