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Merger on Your Mind? Go Ahead, Take the Plunge

Philip Betbeze

Despite recent news headlines about merger failures, many M&A deals are successful. Recently acquired hospitals improve their financial and operational performance more after a deal versus their non-acquired peers, one study shows. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

HMA Chief to Step Down as Glenview Denies Takeover Bid

In the latest twist for Health Management Associates, the for-profit hospital operator's CEO, Gary D. Newsome, announces he will retire in July. Last week HMA moved to block a takeover bid by filing a shareholders' rights plan. >>>

Hospitals Thinking Beyond 30-Day Readmissions

Operating under the assumption that the government is moving toward enacting reimbursement penalties for all-cause readmissions, some hospitals and readmission prevention experts are already developing corresponding strategies. >>>

Infection Expert: Don't Rush to Change MRSA Protocols

Hospitals should continue to conduct routine risk assessments to determine how well their infection control strategies are working before rushing to adopt a highly touted and possibly costly new protocol, says a member of the board of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. >>>

How to Get a Handle on ED Overcrowding

A projected increase in emergency department volume within the next three years means hospitals need to get to work now to implement better patient flow schemes. The need is urgent because how patients move through the ED has significant financial implications throughout the rest of the hospital. >>>

CDC: 1 in 5 Adults Used Emergency Department in 2011

The federal agency's findings, other data, and practical experience suggest that hospitals should brace for a pronounced increase in ED use in 2014 when the ranks of the insured are expected to expand, says a board member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. >>>

3 Reasons Urinary Catheters are Overused in Hospitals

Three cultural habits within hospitals, including "general disinterest" among staff, can hinder catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention efforts, researchers find. >>>

7 Deadly Words of Healthcare Marketing

Being descriptive in healthcare marketing can be a challenge when you stop using the seven words that no longer have the power to distinguish your organization or its services from those of your competitors. >>>



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

Will Obamacare force insurers to compete?

The Washington Post, May 31, 2013

NY healthcare company seeks bankruptcy, blames Medicare cuts

Reuters, May 31, 2013

Henry Ford's CEO: Proposed hospital merger was 3rd attempt

Detroit Free Press, May 30, 2013

LSU board OKs privatization deals for four hospitals

The Shreveport Times, May 30, 2013

CHS Health Services inks deal with first health provider

Washington Business Journal, May 30, 2013

Opinion: Obamacare's original sin

Bloomberg, May 29, 2013

Former DMC chief executive arrested in Panama

Detroit Free Press, May 29, 2013

Cleveland surgeon gives hospital $3 million

The Plain Dealer, May 29, 2013

Health law critics seek to gut it by attacking exchanges

Bloomberg, May 28, 2013

Obamacare unveiled as CA, NY lead US

Bloomberg, May 28, 2013



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