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Hospital Finance, Quality Team Up for Better Profit Margins

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

The finance leaders at New Jersey's Barnabas Health have a new motivation for engaging with the quality department's efforts: reducing readmissions and cutting costs. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

Physicians' Medicare Pay Data May be Next to be Made Public

CMS is asking for public input on whether or not physicians have a privacy interest with their Medicare payments. If they do, CMS says it wants to create a review system that balances a physician's privacy with the public interest. >>>

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. >>>

5 Bills, 1 Month: AHA Urges Outreach to Legislators

The American Hospital Association wants acute care organizations to invite members of Congress into their hospitals during the August recess. The group is seeking co-sponsors on five bills. >>>

Weaker Finances Seen for Not-for-Profit Hospitals

The not-for-profit healthcare sector will likely see softening median ratios in 2013, says a Standard & Poor's Rating Services analyst. With many efficiencies already factored into healthcare system operations, additional savings may be difficult to realize. >>>

How IPPS Final Rule Affects Medical Coding

The final Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule specifies how hospitals are to be paid for Medicare beneficiaries' inpatient care starting Oct. 1 and clarifies penalties to hospitals. >>>

Anthem Blue Cross Pilot Reduces Surgery Costs by 19%

A reference pricing strategy, in which an employer agrees to pay a certain amount for a procedure and anything above that amount is the employee's responsibility, cut the price of hip and knee replacement surgeries by 19% in a one-year trial. >>>



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Webcast: Physician Compensation Models and Metrics Under Population-Based Reimbursement

Date: August 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join CMOs from Banner Health Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ as they discuss strategies and metrics for implementing a value-based model of physician compensation. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Subsidies cut price of OH health insurance

The Columbus Dispatch, August 12, 2013

Idaho's poorest fare worst in state's healthcare reform

The Spokesman Review, August 12, 2013

Operating income declines at Partners HealthCare

The Boston Globe, August 12, 2013

ME hospitals rank well, but a dozen face Medicare penalties for readmissions

Bangor Daily News, August 9, 2013

Sebelius open to 'uniquely Texan' health care plan

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, August 9, 2013

Will health information exchange become Medicare payment criterion?

InformationWeek, August 9, 2013

Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, August 8, 2013

Opinion: The health spending mystery

The Washington Post, August 8, 2013

Parkland legal staff refusing to release executive compensation study

The Dallas Morning News, August 7, 2013

NYC losing small hospitals as money woes mount

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, August 7, 2013



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