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SGR Repeal Bill Holds Extra Promise for Rural Hospitals

John Commins

A raft of amendments to the Senate version of the bill to repeal the SGR should make life a lot easier for rural hospitals, says a National Rural Health Association official. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospital Compare Adds Infection, Stroke, Readmissions Data

The latest update to the federal website that reports hospital quality data adds rates of stroke, C. diff and MRSA infections, blood clot prevention and care measures and expanded readmissions data. >>>

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. >>>

Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven 'Optimistic' SGR Will Be Repealed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

How One Provider is Saving Millions on Imaging Equipment

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>



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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 >>>



News Headlines

Citi analyst: US hospital admissions weakest in a decade

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, December 18, 2013

Medicare IDs best, worst hospitals for hip and knee replacements

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 18, 2013

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

HealthLeaders Media, December 16, 2013

2 dead, 2 injured in shooting at hospital in NV

The Plain Dealer / Associated Press, December 18, 2013

Benefits questioned in tax breaks for nonprofit hospitals

The New York Times, December 17, 2013

Solving the shortage in primary care doctors

The New York Times, December 17, 2013

Seven changes the ACA will likely encourage in the medical system

The Des Moines Register, December 16, 2013

Reform mixes healthcare and retail

USA Today / The Tennessean, December 16, 2013

Hospitals vow to reverse budget cuts

The Hill, December 12, 2013

Parkland Hospital sees decline in patient grievances and complaints

The Dallas Morning News, December 12, 2013



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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. >>>

 

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