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Q&A: An Independent Hospital CEO Talks About the Future

Philip Betbeze

Many independent hospitals are joining with bigger systems in search of access to capital, scale, and survival. But that doesn't mean acquisition is right for everyone, says the CEO of Lodi (CA) Health. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Final IPPS Rule Elicits Objections from Hospital Groups

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule establishes controversial terms that distinguish an inpatient admission from "observation" status, for which hospitals receive lower rates of Medicare reimbursement. >>>

'Objectionable Conditions' Persist at Drug Compounding Facilities

Problems discovered in federal inspections of compounding facilities include "inappropriate or inadequate, or both, clothing for sterile processing…insufficient microbiological testing, and other practices that create risk of contamination," says the GAO. >>>

NY Hospital Joins Payer Fray

Reduced care costs and higher patient volume are only two of the reasons North Shore LIJ Health System is launching its own commercial health plan. Other benefits: It will make "getting paid and paying our docs…much, much, much simpler," says one executive. >>>

Toxic Docs Require Management Finesse

Healthcare organizations are working to both discipline and reform physicians who display disruptive behavior. The process requires leaders to strike a tricky balance between "managing disruptive behavior" and "caring for and protecting the victims," says one expert. >>>

How Hospital Practices are Trimmed at UCSF

One energetic hospitalist, lamenting a "vast culture of overuse and waste," is working with a team to rid his hospital of some unnecessary operational habits that evidence says should be halted. >>>

Revenue-Driving Cardio Subspecialties Thriving

Cardio care is a growing margin contributor for hospitals and health systems. That's why healthcare providers are retooling in a big way to develop cardiac care subspecialty programs. >>>

CMS Overpaid Hospitals $38.2M for Short-Stay Claims

Payments to hospitals were made when elective surgeries failed to take place and inpatient claims did not meet Medicare's admission requirements, says a report from the Office of Inspector General. >>>

Sluggish Hospital Job Growth Linked to Sequestration

Preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics marks July as the third month this year in which the hospital sector lost jobs. But one analyst is not ready to call it a trend. >>>



LIVE Webcast

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 >>>



News Headlines

The District's Obamacare marketplace is psyched to insure Hill staff

The Washington Post, August 9, 2013

Cleveland Clinic to work with ProMedica to improve patient care

The Plain Dealer, August 9, 2013

HMA rebuffed in peace offering to shareholder

Orlando Sentinel, August 8, 2013

Obamacare cost-cutting board faces growing opposition from Democrats

The Hill, August 8, 2013

Feds say Parkland Health System in compliance

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, August 8, 2013

NYC losing small hospitals as money woes mount

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, August 7, 2013

Physician-owned hospitals expand in Dallas-Fort Worth

The Dallas Morning News, August 7, 2013

WakeMed among Triangle hospitals fined for excessive Medicare readmissions

News & Observer, August 7, 2013

Physician Payments Sunshine Act goes into effect without initial concerns

Kaiser Health News, August 6, 2013

6 Louisiana cities among nation's 10 most expensive for healthcare

NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune, August 5, 2013



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