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Q&A: Retiring CEO Details MSHA's Winning Strategy

Philip Betbeze

Dennis Vonderfecht took over an East Tennessee hospital in 1990 and built it into the Mountain States Health Alliance. As he prepares to retire, Vonderfecht details some of his strategic moves and expresses optimism for the organization's future. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

U.S. News & World Report Names Top Hospitals

The most well-known of a series of hospital rankings is a powerful marketing tool, but one observer says he is troubled that none of the various "rating schemes" use state and federal inspection data in their evaluations. >>>

Leah Binder Wants Your Hospital Data

The Leapfrog Group CEO wants public reporting of nine so-called "never events" to remain public. The AHA, she says, wants to suppress it. But that's not all. Binder wants "more data—a lot more data." >>>

Is Physician Integration Driving Up the Cost of Care?

Few physician executives believe costs go down when healthcare systems acquire physician practices. We asked doctors with divergent views to explain their positions. >>>

Winners and Losers in Proposed Medicare Doc Pay

Some of the biggest cuts are aimed at independent testing laboratories, which see 26% of their fees slashed, followed by radiation therapy centers, which may lose 13% under CMS's "particularly complicated," proposed changes. >>>

5 Commercial ACO Tricks of the Trade

Commercial accountable care organizations make strange bedfellows out of payers and providers. Accustomed to hardball contracting negotiations, payers and providers find the transition from adversary to partner an uneasy one. These tips can help. >>>

9 Pioneer ACOs to Leave Program

Seven of the nine participants in CMS's pilot program for accountable care organizations are applying to transition to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, while two are abandoning the program completely. >>>

Healthcare CFOs Sing Reform Blues

Despite the prospect of millions of newly insured patients, many hospital and health system finance executives are not expecting healthcare reform to be a boon to their organization's bottom line. >>>

Senators: Rural Hospitals Hobbled by Digital Divide

Members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee suggest that Farzad Mostashari, MD, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has little or no idea of the challenges rural healthcare providers face as they grapple with Meaningful Use requirements. >>>



CEO Report

2013 CEO Report: Optimism on the Upswing

Although 44% of healthcare CEOs still feel the industry is on the wrong track, more are optimistic about their own organization's performance and prospects as they face the challenges and opportunities of PPACA. This report explores healthcare CEOs' evolving perspectives on these issues, including their strategies for controlling costs, and why partnerships rank among their top three priorities. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

A look at $4.6M in Grand Rapids hospital CEO pay

MLive.com, July 19, 2013

HCA buying three Florida hospital from Iasis

The Tennessean, July 19, 2013

Obama steps in to push health plan as critical date draws near

Reuters, July 19, 2013

Cleveland Clinic announces new leadership at several hospitals

The Plain Dealer, July 19, 2013

Community Health lowers 2013 forecast as admissions fall

Bloomberg Businessweek, July 19, 2013

House votes to delay parts of healthcare law

News & Observer / Associated Press, July 18, 2013

Denver Health to cut 300 jobs to reduce personnel costs by $18 million

The Denver Post, July 18, 2013

2 hospital networks agree to merge, raising specter of costlier care

The New York Times, July 17, 2013

Health law fosters a new kind of business partnership in GA

Kaiser Health News, July 17, 2013

LSU chief medical officer to resign

The Advocate, July 15, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Reining in Disruptive Docs—Strategies to Manage Risk and Reduce Turnover

Date: August 27, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

According to a 2011 study, 77% of physicians are concerned about disruptive behavior at their facilities. Join physician management experts from DePaul University and Florida Hospital to learn peer-tested strategies for confronting and resolving disruptive physician behavior. Register Today >>>




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