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Struggling Hospital Depletes $135M Endowment

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Violating a sacred code of philanthropy, a failing hospital received court approval to tap into the principal of an endowment meant to last into perpetuity. That kind of negative publicity doesn't help development executives at other healthcare organizations. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Berwick Names 11 Monsters Facing Hospital Industry

Former acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, acknowledges healthcare providers have come a long way in the last few decades, but it's "by no means enough." >>>

Medical Error Cost Calculator Riles AHA

An online tool from the Leapfrog Group, which determines the "hidden surcharge" or costs of a hospital's medical errors, employs a methodology that is "seriously flawed," says the American Hospital Association. >>>

Most Physicians Blame Others for Rising Healthcare Costs

Almost half of the doctors surveyed by Mayo Clinic researchers acknowledge that they "try not to think about the cost to the healthcare system when making treatment decisions." More than half blame attorneys, health plans, and hospitals for growing costs. >>>

Can Medicaid be a Model for ACO Innovation?

Many hospitals and health systems have experimented with the ACOs concept by working on small population groups such as their own employees, but they don't have the scale to bring the science and technology to the equation. That's where Medicaid might be an ideal proving ground. >>>

Stratus Healthcare Alliance Strategy Detailed

Georgia's new 23-hospital collaborative, with its focus on operational initiatives and improving population health, "represents a formidable force with substantial bargaining power" and may be the first stage of something bigger, says one healthcare analyst. >>>

MU Stage 2 Requirements 'Overly Burdensome,' Say AHA, AMA

The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association say they support widespread adoption of electronic health records, but are asking for flexibility to meet the program's requirements. >>>

IOM Rejects Geography-Based Value Index for Medicare

"Geographies don't make decisions. Providers and provider organizations do," says a member of the Institute of Medicine. The focus should instead be on incentives designed to hold providers accountable for quality outcomes, an IOM committee urges. >>>

Physician Groups Divided on GAO Self-Referral Report

Financial incentives for self-referring providers "were likely a major factor driving" an increase in referrals and millions of dollars in unnecessary Medicare costs, a Government Accounting Office report finds. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Advancing Clinical Quality from Data to Decisions

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News Headlines

Medicare, Medicaid crackdown limits healthcare providers

The Spokesman Review / Associated Press, July 29, 2013

State health exchange rates vary, but lower than expected

USA Today, July 29, 2013

Healthcare battle fraught with partisan numbers

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, July 29, 2013

Movement to defund ObamaCare grows

The Hill, July 26, 2013

Patients see higher bills after doctors sell practices

CNBC, July 26, 2013

Don't shift payments by Medicare, panel says

The New York Times, July 25, 2013

Parkland Memorial Hospital saw $5.3 million net loss last month

The Dallas Morning News, July 25, 2013

As clock ticks, fierce turnout effort for health law

The New York Times, July 24, 2013

Hospitals quitting a key Obamacare cost-control program

The Washington Post, July 23, 2013

Medicare plans to accelerate linking doctor pay to quality

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, July 23, 2013



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