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Proposed Review of 340B Drug Discounts Irks Hospitals

John Commins

Contending that hospitals taking advantage of mandated lower drug prices should be held accountable for the levels of charity care they provide, a group funded by the pharmaceutical industry is getting pushback from two major hospital associations. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Despite Challenging Payer Mix, Montefiore Grows

The chief financial officer at Montefiore Health System in the Bronx explains how the organization has managed to stay in the black, generate modest operating margins, and even reinvest in itself while serving a largely poor patient population. >>>

'Vicious Cycle' Flagged in MA Hospital Financing Disparities

Lobbying efforts by community hospital chain Steward and a labor union take on the Boston-based teaching hospitals. >>>

Organ Recovery Centers Reduce Transplant Costs 37%

Organ procurement organizations take a streamlined approach to the transplant process, removing much of the inefficiency and cost out of the complex sequence of organ donation. >>>

What the Patient Really Wants

Having reached the probable limits of their healing powers, several clinicians and administrators at Gundersen Health System made sure a patient got what he really needed—no matter what. >>>

Integrating the Health System Revenue Cycle

As healthcare CFOs work to protect the fiscal strength of their organizations, they are increasingly aware of the need to engage clinicians from across the continuum of care in the revenue cycle process. >>>

Tagging, Tracking Nurses Improves Workflow

Nurses at a Florida hospital are wearing electronic tags to track their daily steps. The data has been revealing and led to changes in workflow. The CNO says nurses like it and "know that it can help them." >>>

Should Healthcare Workers be Tested for Nicotine?

One in five healthcare organizations will not hire smokers. Some are screening for nicotine use, saying they wish to promote a healthier workforce. Not everyone is buying it. >>>

Oncology Service Line: A Change in Focus

From genetic testing to advanced chemotherapy procedures, hospitals and health systems are changing the focus of oncology from merely ensuring survival to, in many cases, providing comprehensive long-term care and even cures. >>>



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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

45 states fail at posting medical prices, report says

Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2014

MA hospital to close on 3 days' notice; 500 jobs lost

The Boston Globe, March 26, 2014

Hospitals, union square off on nurse staffing bill likely headed for ballot

New England Public Radio, March 26, 2014

Consumer, labor groups slam NJ Health Department for lax hospital oversight

The Star-Ledger, March 26, 2014

L.A. hospital doctors practice communication skills in 'operating room of the future'

Star Tribune / Associated Press, March 26, 2014

Draft rules would help protect seniors when Medicare Advantage plans drop doctors

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, March 25, 2014

Hospitals elevate patient satisfaction to the C-Suite

InformationWeek, March 25, 2014

Hospital mergers in CT raise concerns over patient costs

WNPR, March 25, 2014

Fewer patient admissions a symptom of healthcare 'transformation,' study says

Chicago Sun-Times, March 24, 2014

Emerson Hospital: Portrait of a community hospital under pressure

Boston Business Journal, March 24, 2014



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