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  May 24, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Do-Nothing Hospital Boards Are Dead

Philip Betbeze

Helping to run a hospital or health system from a board seat has gotten increasingly complex over the years. The instability of healthcare brought upon by its unaffordability makes the job of hospital governance both difficult—and difficult to fill. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

$6.4B Henry Ford, Beaumont Merger Failed on Cultural Hurdles

A merger between two Michigan healthcare providers has been called off because of stark cultural differences between them, observers say. Those differences include the patient populations they each serve and the organizations' physician compensation models. >>>

Hospitals Profit On Bloodstream Infections

Hospitals can reap a windfall when an insured patient has a preventable infection, and private health plans—not Medicare—foot the largest bills. Why aren't these payers doing more to help hospitals prevent infections? >>>

How Chargemaster Data May Affect Hospital Revenue

The now transparent federal database of hospital prices could motivate hospital financial assistance offices to write more flexible policies for collecting from uninsured, underinsured, and Medicare Advantage patients. >>>

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. >>>

Lower ED Margins Demand a Better Strategy

In this new Intelligence Report, we examine how resolving organizational problems in the emergency department will remain a challenge as demand for ED services increases, overcrowding elevates patient safety concerns, and quality metrics draw greater attention. >>>

House Lawmakers Grill CMS Over Health Exchange Navigators

The role of navigators, expected to help millions of uninsured make their way through the health insurance market, came under fire Tuesday by members of Congress who raised questions about oversight and the role of the IRS in the implementation of healthcare reform. >>>

Don't Let Nurses Sink Your Bottom Line

Because higher patient satisfaction scores translate to higher HCAHPS scores and Medicare reimbursements, how nurses interact with patients has a significant impact on a hospital's bottom line. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Access Exclusive Research on Collaborative Care

While 78% of leading healthcare providers expect to have a collaborative care model operational by next year, 45% are concerned about its prospects for cost savings. This report discusses the key issues at stake and reveals successful strategies for fostering collaboration—and saving millions of dollars. Purchase Today >>>



News Headlines

Immigrant healthcare bills stump House group

Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2013

CA picks 13 health plans for state-run insurance market

Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2013

IL Senate approves health insurance exchange

WNIJ, May 24, 2013

How the most powerful woman in healthcare finds balance

Forbes, May 23, 2013

UC hospitals cancel surgeries, divert patients amid strike

Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2013

Latest from Parkland: All the good stuff happens in executive session

The Dallas Morning News, May 23, 2013

End of health price secrecy may be starting in Miami

The Washington Post, May 22, 2013

18 CT hospital execs' paychecks top $1M

Hartford Business Journal, May 22, 2013

A hospital CEO promises more pricing transparency—and makes rivals squirm

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 21, 2013

Healthcare regs move forward

The Hill, May 21, 2013



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

Date: May 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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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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