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M&As to Continue with Smaller Deals

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Don't look for a slowdown in healthcare mergers and acquisitions anytime soon. While the era of mega mergers has peaked, one observer says to watch for robust consolidation activity among small health systems and stand-alone hospitals. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Adverse Events Draw $775K in Fines at 9 CA Hospitals

The most recent round of administrative penalties for hospital deficiencies constituting immediate jeopardy includes two patient falls resulting in deaths, a wrong-site surgery, and a retained surgical object. >>>

How Telemedicine Drives Volume, Revenue

Not only is health information technology helping to control costs, it's also creating new opportunities for revenue. >>>

The Trouble With Pay-for-Performance

The author of a study on pay for performance in healthcare, says there is little evidence to support that incentives for following certain processes that have been proven to add value… actually improve quality or value. >>>

Healthcare CEOs: Get Ready for the Haters

Patients are already facing copays, coinsurance, and deductibles that are much higher than only a year or two ago. If you think they're unhappy now, wait until you see what happens when you try to collect their share of your payment directly. >>>

Lower Medical Claims Costs Linked to Payer's Dental Program

Six years after launching a dental medical integration program, Aetna reports that hospital admissions and claims costs are down, while diabetes control has improved by 45% among 1.5 million patients. >>>

Nurse Staffing Linked to Lower Readmission Penalties

Researchers estimate that each additional nurse-hour per patient day is associated with 10% lower odds of receiving penalties under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. >>>

Healthcare Job Growth Continues at Tepid Pace

Despite the lukewarm climate for overall employment, healthcare job growth figures have yet to reflect any slowing demand for physicians, clinicians, and executives. Merritt Hawkins saw its physician and advanced practice recruiting assignments increase by 14% from 2012 to 2013. >>>



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News Headlines

Patients, firms shop for better healthcare deals

ABC News / Associated Press, October 28, 2013

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2013

Garden City (NJ) chief of staff: Hospital is a 'tough business to be in'

Observer & Eccentric / HometownLife.com, October 28, 2013

Obama team to clarify healthcare penalties

USA Today, October 25, 2013

Healthcare law fails to lower prices for rural areas

The New York Times, October 25, 2013

Nonprofit hospitals swap breaks for mergers under law

Bloomberg, October 25, 2013

More charged in federal probe of Sacred Heart Hospital

The Chicago Tribune, October 24, 2013

Hospital cost shifting may be a thing of the past

D Healthcare Daily, October 24, 2013

Health co-ops, created to foster competition and lower insurance costs, are in danger

The Washington Post, October 23, 2013

Navigating healthcare expenses costly

The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 22, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

The Benefits (and Costs) of Consolidation

The recent level of M&A and affiliation activity in healthcare has been stunning, but to some leaders, it's nothing compared to what's coming over the next decade. >>>

 

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