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How One Provider is Saving Millions Imaging Equipment

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

By adopting a data-driven strategy to determine its equipment needs, Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care has reduced capital spending on CT scanners by 9%, nuclear medicine by 25%, mammography by 3%, and X-ray by 10% since early 2012. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

ICD-10: Minimizing the Financial Hit

With the go-live date rapidly approaching, hospitals and health systems need to make ICD-10 a priority if they want to avoid costly surprises and setbacks. >>>

Resisting the Healthcare Consolidation Frenzy

Merger and acquisition activity shows no signs of slowing, yet some hospital and health system leaders see independence as a viable strategy. >>>

AMCs React to Being Shut Out of Some Exchange Plans

Some academic medical centers are being excluded from state health insurance exchanges because their costs are higher than other hospitals'. The resulting squeeze on revenues "raises very real worries about hospitals' ability to carry out their mission," says the New Jersey Hospital Association. >>>

Q&A: Banner CEO on 'Getting the Cost Out'

In a wide-ranging interview, Banner Health president and CEO Peter Fine details the executive team's role in nearly half the $70 million in savings the organization achieved between 2012 and 2013, and lays out a prescription for success in a dynamic future for healthcare. >>>

Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven 'Optimistic' SGR Will Be Repealed

Citing bipartisan support in Congress, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, believes a "doc fix," in the form of a  total repeal of the sustainable growth rate funding formula for physicians, is imminent. >>>

Top 3 Health Plan Game Changers of 2013

The landscape is changing rapidly for payers. To be successful, insurers must adapt to new reimbursement models and forge new partnerships with providers. >>>

SLIDESHOW: HL20 — 20 People Who Are Making a Difference in Healthcare - 2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a difference 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

Thousands of Healthcare.gov enrollment records haven't reached insurers, but inaccuracies declining

CNN, December 16, 2013

Reform mixes healthcare and retail

USA Today / The Tennessean, December 16, 2013

Report shows healthcare's $31B impact on IN

NWI.com, December 16, 2013

Lack of health insurance options frustrates small businesses

The Seattle Times, December 16, 2013

House, Senate committees approve 'doc fix' legislation

The Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2013

Aetna will not reinstate individual insurance plans

Reuters, December 13, 2013

Should doctors get paid less if they don't keep patients healthy?

The Atlantic, December 13, 2013

MN's healthcare spending brakes sharply

Star Tribune, December 13, 2013

Hospitals vow to reverse budget cuts

The Hill, December 12, 2013

NY data show hospital charges all over the map

Kaiser Health News/ WNYC, December 12, 2013



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Intelligence Report: Cost Containment—Harnessing Data to Drive Revenue Cycle and Productivity

This report reveals how data analytics can drive meaningful cost containment strategies without negative impacts on quality and patient satisfaction. Free Download >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a dfference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

ICD-10: Minimizing the Financial Hit

 

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