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4 Ways to Thrive in New Payment Environment

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Reduced reimbursements are the most-cited threat to healthcare organizations, but strategic leaders can find ways to mitigate the potential harm by shoring up collections and getting serious about analytics. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

6 Ways to Avoid Unintentional Medicare Fraud

Mismanagement or sloppy business practices can quickly lead to trouble with Medicare fraud investigators, even when healthcare providers have no intention to defraud the government. >>>

OIG to Investigate HIX Flaws in 2014

The federal government's latest efforts to identify and correct fraud, waste, and abuse within federally funded healthcare programs are outlined in the 2014 work plan issued by the Office of Inspector General. >>>

CEOs Expect Flat to Negative Financials in 2014

Here's the dilemma for hospital and health system leaders: Many feel their reimbursements will ratchet down regardless of whether or not they make the big investments needed to transform their business models. >>>

HIX Pains Now, But Hope for Long-Term Relief in NH

New Hampshire has only one health insurer participating in its federal exchange marketplace, but state lawmakers and regulators are optimistic that other payers will join the market in 2015. >>>

Hospitals Look at Retail Pharmacies With Renewed Interest

It's more than convenience: An integrated retail pharmacy provides hospitals with opportunities to boost patient satisfaction and lower readmission rates while producing modest revenue. >>>

Hospital Federation: No Link Between Consolidation, High Prices

Refuting "conventional wisdom" and citing slowing healthcare cost growth, the Federation of American Hospitals says healthcare industry consolidation improves services and care coordination, and ensures continued access to care. >>>

Ortho Group Supersizes for Independence

With more than $150 million in revenue and 128 physicians, a joint corporation made up of established orthopedic practices allows them to continue operating independently, but with more clout. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Physician-Led Population Health Programs—New Skills for Success

Date: February 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join clinical improvement experts as they define new expectations for population health management and outline the leadership skills necessary for physicians to direct a successful program. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Federal agency delivers 'two-midnight' win to hospitals

Capital Pro, February 3, 2014

Changes in healthcare delivery affecting Kaleida bottom line

WGRZ, February 3, 2014

Maryland may be the model for curbing hospital costs

USA Today, February 3, 2014

Tulsa healthcare sector provides massive economic impact

Tulsa World, February 3, 2014

Struggling Townsend hospital talking with Billings Clinic

Billings Gazette / Helena Independent Record, February 3, 2014

Opting out of Medicaid expansion: The health and financial impacts

Health Affairs, January 31, 2014

US says results encouraging for healthcare delivery reforms

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, January 31, 2014

Study: Obamacare, other health premiums roughly equal

The Hill, January 31, 2014

Insurer WellPoint's 4Q profit drops 68 percent

Boston.com / Associated Press, January 30, 2014

Hidden financial ties rattle top health quality group

ProPublica, January 29, 2014



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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 difference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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