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  August 26, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

ROI of Technology Systems Is More Than Financial

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

"It's hard or nearly impossible to justify the investment needed for a state-of-the-art EHR with hard-dollar savings," says the CFO of an academic health system. "You have to look beyond that to the intangible benefits, the improvements in delivery of care and positioning your organization to be competitive in the future." >>>

 

Editor's Picks

1 in 5 Health Systems to Become Payers by 2018

Cost and reimbursement pressures, the explosion of boomers in the hospital patient mix, and the movement toward population health are spurring health systems to launch their own health insurance plans. >>>

Medical Errors at 10 CA Hospitals Draw Fines of $625K

California's latest round of penalties for hospital blunders that resulted in patient harm or death includes a wrong-site surgery, feeding errors, a retained surgical object, and a number of unnecessary "emergency" coronary interventions. >>>

Florida Hospital, Health First to Create Health Plan

In a joint venture, Florida Hospital Healthcare System and Health First Health Plans will partner to form a commercial health plan in Central Florida. The coverage area will include Tampa, Orlando, and Daytona Beach. >>>

Shands HealthCare to Pay $26M to Settle False Claims Allegations

Federal prosecutors say improper Medicare billing at six Florida hospitals operated by Shands ran from 2003 through 2008. Shands makes no admission of liability, but will pay a total of approximately $26 million plus interest. >>>

Contrarian CEO: Consolidation Will Hike Spending

Consolidation in the healthcare industry will do nothing to stop the upward march of spending. In fact, consolidation should exacerbate it. So says a hospital chief in a major market who shall remain anonymous—for now. >>>

The Trouble with Image Sharing, and the Opportunity

Hoarding medical imaging data is one of the most highly profitable, and strategic, tactics of hospitals competing in a fee-for-service market. It also represents a huge opportunity to reduce the high cost of healthcare as reform comes online. >>>

Health Plan Premiums Rise Moderately

The weak economy, which has reduced healthcare service utilization, is cited as the leading contributor to moderate growth in health insurance premiums by the Kaiser Family Foundation in its Employer Health Benefits Survey. >>>



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Date: October 28, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Clinical decision support experts from Penn Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reveal how they powered predictive analytics to reduce readmissions, improve care, and reduce financial risk. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

How to charge $546 for six liters of saltwater

The New York Times, August 26, 2013

University Hospital CEO to earn $416K as head of newly independent state hospital

The Star-Ledger, August 26, 2013

WI rural hospitals could lose special Medicare payments

Wisconsin State Journal, August 26, 2013

Republicans lack votes to defund Obamacare

CBS News, August 26, 2013

Akron General to be sold to Community Health Systems and Cleveland Clinic joint venture

The Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com, August 23, 2013

The real estate deal one health system couldn't pass up

The Washington Post, August 23, 2013

Despite additional dollars, doctor shortage hard to fix

The Texas Tribune, August 23, 2013

This is why controlling healthcare costs is almost impossible

The Washington Post, August 22, 2013

NC Governor signs bill that affects hospital billing

News & Observer / Associated Press, August 22, 2013

Report: More doctors accepting Medicare patients

USA Today, August 22, 2013



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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

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

New Approaches to Patient Experience

The simplest and most effective patient experience strategy may be listening to the patient, directly through personal discussions and indirectly through survey data analysis. >>>

 

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