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Top 3 Headaches of Healthcare Finance Execs

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Funding difficulties represent just one of the largest challenges hospital and health system CFOs must contend with. Alongside new reimbursement models and an increasingly complex revenue cycle, the complexities really start to add up. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Health Exchange Rates Surprisingly Low

Blue Shield of California says it expects rates for its policyholders to increase 13% on average in 2014, an increase executives say will be "legitimately below what people expected them to be." >>>

SEC Poised to Modify 'No Admit, No Deny' Policy in Settlements

Observers believe such a change would result in potentially far-reaching consequences for companies that fall under the purview of the SEC, including private, for-profit hospitals, their directors, officers, and employees. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Highmark Announces Accountable Care Alliance

The health insurer's goal is to shift its physician network from fee-for-service payments to a value-based compensation model that rewards physicians for the quality of that care and may reduce healthcare costs. >>>

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

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. >>>



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News Headlines

How a secretive panel uses data that distorts doctors' pay

The Washington Post, July 22, 2013

Pricey hip, knee surgery no guarantee of better results

CNBC, July 22, 2013

Hospital expansions going forward, but in smaller forms

Detroit Free Press, July 22, 2013

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

Reuters, July 19, 2013

Community Health lowers 2013 forecast as admissions fall

Bloomberg Businessweek, July 19, 2013

Why EHRs don't lower total healthcare costs

InformationWeek, July 19, 2013

NY state approves health exchange insurance rates

The Miami Herald / 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

Few Medicaid docs have seen 2013 pay raise

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, July 16, 2013



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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 >>>




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