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The 5 Biggest Healthcare Finance Trouble Spots

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Healthcare finance executives have had more than their share of challenges to deal with in 2013. Which ones top the list—and will continue to be headaches in 2014? >>>

 

Editor's Picks

AHA: Hospital RAC Audits Rising

Audits of hospital claims data by Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors are growing dramatically and impose an "immense administrative burden" on hospitals, says an AHA official. >>>

Displaying Lab Prices on EHR Systems Cuts Costs

Evidence is mounting that when physicians know the laboratory costs of tests prior to ordering them, they show a decrease in ordering rates, and not only for high-cost tests. >>>

CMS Sets 2014 Pay Rates for Hospital Outpatient and Physician Services

The new rules reflect changes in healthcare, says CMS, but hospital and medical groups express disappointment and call for attendant SGR reform. >>>

Nonprofit Hospital Outlook 'Negative' in 2014

Several negative factors are unlikely to abate soon, including declining inpatient volumes, increasing expenses, and historically low increases in commercial payer rates. >>>

Are ACOs Really Different from HMOs?

Accountable care organizations are a "fad" and "not very different from the HMO model… [with] a few bells and whistles, but otherwise it's the same old incentive to do as little as possible and find the healthiest patients you can," says a director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. >>>

Google Glass Passes IRB Muster, Assists in Cardiothoracic Surgeries

Surgeons are justifiably excited by the possibilities of using Google Glass in the operating room. Despite Wi-Fi hurdles, privacy concerns, and speech recognition issues, this device will inevitably become another indispensable tool in healthcare. >>>



CFO Exchange Insights Report

CFO Exchange Insights Report: Protecting Margins, Fueling Growth

Chief financial officers have been looking for ways to streamline processes and achieve cost savings for years, yet they still believe there is more they can do to cut operating expenses and protect margins. At the CFO Exchange held this fall, they discussed new tactics for new payment models. Free Downloads >>>



News Headlines

Medicare seeks to curb spending on post-hospital care

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, December 2, 2013

Revamping the house call to reduce healthcare costs

NBC News, December 2, 2013

Affordable Care Act: A tale of two systems

The Clarion-Ledger, December 2, 2013

Inside the race to rescue a healthcare site, and Obama

The New York Times, December 2, 2013

Obamacare won't get 7 million enrollees in 2014

The Washington Post, November 27, 2013

Three ways Obamacare is changing how a hospital cares for patients

NPR, November 27, 2013

ME allows Anthem to renew health plans due for cancellation under Obamacare

Bangor Daily News, November 27, 2013

Easing nurse practitioner laws may save money at clinics

Reuters, November 27, 2013

States are better at running Obamacare than the federal government

The Washington Post, November 26, 2013

OH says board acted within law in Medicaid case

SFGate.com / Associated Press, November 26, 2013



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