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Q&A: Catholic Health Initiatives' New Senior VP for Capital Finance

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Nick Barto joined the 80-hospital health system this month to increase CHI's focus on strategic finance in light of healthcare reform and the shift in patient volumes to outpatient settings. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Proposes Reduced Hospital DSH Cuts

Some acute care hospitals would see a $1.1 billion reduction in cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funds for two years under a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal. >>>

Primary Care Docs Average More Hospital Revenue Than Specialists

A survey of hospital CFOs shows primary care physicians generated a combined average of $1,566,165 for their affiliated hospitals in the last year. Other specialties generated a combined annual average of $1,424,917, the lowest average in five years, data shows. >>>

How Medical Debt Forgiveness Benefits Hospitals

A tax expert describes how forgiving medical debts that a healthcare provider will more than likely never collect has an "incredibly low cost, generating very high return" for hospitals. >>>

Hospital Pricing Data Dump Won't Hurt You, Yet

If you are a high-cost outlier, don't panic. Even if you can't kill your chargemaster, you can mitigate its effect by identifying—and rectifying—what your hospital charges. >>>

CMS Seeks to 'Rapidly Reduce' Medicare Spending with $1B in Grants

The second round of federal Health Care Innovation Awards specifically seeks clinical models that will quickly shrink Medicare costs and improve care for populations with special needs as well as population health. >>>

69% of Employers Plan to Offer Healthcare Coverage After 2014

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is having little effect on workforce strategies, employer survey data shows. More than two-thirds of employers say they will continue to provide healthcare coverage when health insurance exchanges begin operation in 2014. >>>

Healthcare Leaders Sound Off on Organized Labor

How much of a threat does organized labor pose to healthcare organizations? Hospital and health system leaders weigh in on the sensitive issue, which ranked among their top three concerns in our most recent industry survey. >>>



Roundtable

NEW Roundtable: Capital Finance and Industry Consolidation

Senior executives from SSM Healthcare, Fletcher-Allen Healthcare, the Medical Center of Central Georgia, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch discuss the major influencers of industry consolidation—including capital access, market needs, financial support, and growth opportunities. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

Medicaid opposition underscores states' healthcare disparities

Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2013

Belleville Memorial Hospital takes on nation's largest insurer

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 20, 2013

Owners of for-profit North Jersey hospitals cash in on land beneath

The Record, May 20, 2013

New Jersey hospital has highest billing rates in the nation

The New York Times, May 20, 2013

Obamacare isn't getting repealed. But not because it's popular.

The Washington Post, May 17, 2013

Sebelius limited her fundraising for health law to two companies

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 17, 2013

Medicare spending projections are plummeting

The Atlantic, May 16, 2013

What the IRS scandal means for healthcare reform

The Washington Post, May 16, 2013

US sets $1 billion healthcare innovation initiative

Reuters, May 16, 2013

2 million fewer US uninsured to gain health coverage

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, May 15, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Patient-Centered Care Transitions for Better Quality, Costs, and Readmissions

Date: May 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join quality and care experts from Griffin Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System as they examine the increased focus on care transitions as healthcare organizations prepare for value-based care. Register Today >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

Building Better Boards

Hospitals and health systems face unprecedented pressure to remake their business and clinical processes. Boards are trying desperately to keep up. >>>

 

Biting the All-Cause Readmissions Bullet

 

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