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3 Ways to Adapt When it Costs More to Get Paid the Same

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

The CFO of a medical center in Idaho shares three strategies he has implemented to reduce the cost of delivering care and to maximize his organization's resources. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Proposes MA Payment Cut

The proposed 2015 payment rate cut to Medicare Advantage health plans is less than expected and less than the reduction this year, but insurers and their allies in Congress are expressing displeasure with the prospect of a second consecutive haircut. >>>

Critical Access Hospitals Crisis in GA a National Bellwether

An advocate for rural health says the rural hospital community in Georgia, rife with closings, is so financially strapped that "about 10% of our population [can be considered] Third World Nation health status." More hospital closings are "inevitable" and the trend could spread to the rest of the country, he says. >>>

It's Impossible to Know What $1B in Federal Quality Spending Buys

A pair of quality initiatives say they are preventing harm and saving lives, but their data is lacking, two prominent patient safety and health policy experts contend. >>>

Top 5 ED Procedures to Avoid

A health system's emergency medicine clinicians, using a methodology based on consensus, has developed a list of services that can be avoided to prevent patient harm and reduce hospital costs. >>>

Tenet, HMA Named in Federal Kickback Suit

A Department of Justice complaint alleges that for more than 10 years, four hospitals in Georgia and one in South Carolina paid kickbacks to Georgia-based Hispanic Medical Management, which operated an obstetric care clinic serving mostly undocumented aliens. >>>

Insurance Status a Factor in Trauma Care, Study Says

Insured patients who are admitted to non-trauma hospitals may be getting "suboptimal" care in comparison to uninsured trauma patients who are "dumped" or  transferred to trauma centers, a counterintuitive study finding  suggests. >>>

Slideshow: 2014 Industry Survey—Forging Healthcare's New Financial Foundation

The healthcare industry is in the throes of transition. While it may feel like turmoil, this is also a time of great opportunity. In this preview of the 2014 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey, we show how hospital and health system leaders plan to manage the shift from volume to value and support collaborative care. >>>



Intelligence Report

Webcast: Hospitals Developing Health Plans: Key Steps to Becoming a Provider-Payer

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Join hospital leaders as they outline the strategic transition from provider to payer, and new opportunities for controlling costs, managing risk, and maximizing reimbursements. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

How to bring the price of healthcare into the open

The Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2014

Dispute grows over tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 24, 2014

Designation change could cut critical access hospital funds

The Wichita Eagle, February 24, 2014

Partners' deal stirs debate on controlling costs

The Boston Globe, February 24, 2014

How Obamacare could unlock job opportunities

The New York Times, February 21, 2014

Private exchange sees surge in healthcare enrollment

USA Today, February 21, 2014

Biden indicates healthcare sign-ups may fall short of unofficial goal of 7 million

Star Tribune / Associated Press, February 20, 2014

Employers in US turn to private exchanges to cut health costs

SFGate.com / Bloomberg, February 20, 2014

Congress seeks $150B to end 'doc fixes'

The Hill, February 19, 2014

Opinion: Bigger hospitals mean higher prices, not better care

Bloomberg, February 19, 2014



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Webcast: Orthopedics Service Line Success—Physician Engagement, Efficiency, and Quality

Date: February 27, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Orthopedic leaders from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Stryker offer evidence-based strategies for improving orthopedic efficiency, quality, and performance while also increasing collaboration, cost savings, and market share within the service line. Register Today   >>>




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In Search of EHR's ROI

As healthcare leaders continue to pour money into electronic health record systems, many (but not all) find the return on the investment remains elusive. >>>

 

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