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4 Top Concerns of Healthcare CFOs

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

At HealthLeaders Media's recent CFO Exchange, top finance executives from hospitals and health systems opened up about EHRs, health insurance exchanges, and other strategic challenges. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Using Data Analytics for Better Financial Outcomes

To make the best use of the massive amounts of data being collected by hospitals and health systems, CFOs are turning to powerful analytics tools to find revenue cycle efficiencies and other cost savings. >>>

Say So Long to PCs in Hospitals

The personal computer has done a lot of good for clinicians in hospital settings, but its days are numbered. Zero-client terminals are quieter, safer, and cheaper to buy and to maintain. >>>

Financial Incentives for Preventing HAIs Don't Add Up to Much

A major teaching hospital's move to provide a financial rationale for preventing healthcare-acquired infections points to the dearth of meaningful incentives for hospitals to work harder toward the goal of improved patient safety. >>>

Funding Cuts Spur Healthcare Job Shifts

The pace of hospital job growth has slowed to a crawl this year. The root cause is "not just healthcare reform," says one analyst, citing about $100 billion of other cuts since 2010. >>>

Why Payers Like Defined Contribution Programs

Low administrative costs and the capability to compete with public health insurance exchanges are driving factors. So is the promise of access to big data, which can give payers a strategic edge. >>>

Few Options for Working Poor in States that Block Medicaid Expansion

Adults earning below the federal poverty level who live in the 26 states that have either rejected Medicaid expansion or have yet to commit to it will be ineligible for a federal subsidy to help them buy coverage on the health insurance exchanges. >>>

RAC Oversight Lacking, OIG Charges

An OIG review of recovery audit contractor files covering a two-year span identified improper payments in about 50% of them, totaling $1.3 billion. Unless CMS takes action to develop additional performance evaluation metrics, high amounts of improper payment will continue, OIG says. >>>



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

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News Headlines

Health insurance tax faces challenge

Politico, September 9, 2013

Opinion: Selling healthcare reform

The New York Times, September 9, 2013

PA Hospital continues to operate in black after big losses

MSBusiness.com / Associated Press, September 9, 2013

This doctor will save you money

MIT Technology Review, September 9, 2013

Technical snafus confuse charges for Obamacare plans

Reuters, September 6, 2013

A fast way to cut healthcare costs

The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 6, 2013

Insurers pay hospitals twice rate of rivals in some areas

Bloomberg, September 6, 2013

Studies show healthcare law will offer low-cost options

USA Today / Associated Press, September 5, 2013

ME sells bonds to pay off $183M in hospital debt

Bangor Daily News, September 4, 2013

Employers weigh healthcare costs, penalties

USA Today / The Tennessean, September 3, 2013



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