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Fundraising Strategies: Call in the Experts, or Build a Team?

Lena J. Weiner, Associate Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Big paydays for fundraising consultants have some HR professionals and senior executives weighing the merits of consultants versus building and maintaining an in-house development staff. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

NY Abolishes Written Practice Agreement for NPs

A new law in New York State does not expand nurse practitioners' scope of practice, but it does eliminate the need for a written collaborative agreement between a physician and an NP, which in reality is little more than a financial agreement. >>>

A 30-Day Mortality Rate Mystery

Daily death rates for cardiac surgery patients in one large study jumped at the 30-day mark. Was it because physicians were treating the performance measure instead of the patient? What are the unintended consequences of quality of care and performance measures, anyway? >>>

3 Patient Experience Improvements Every Marketer Can Make

Patient experience lays the groundwork for every marketing initiative, yet many healthcare marketers feel they do not have a direct influence on how that experience is delivered. Here's how marketers' internal communication initiatives and C-suite influence can bring about positive change in the lives of patients. >>>

State Medical Malpractice Caps Under Fire

Many states that passed malpractice caps a decade ago should expect to see judicial review because caps aren't passing constitutional muster and aren't delivering on what they advertised, says a legal expert. >>>

Anesthesiologists as 'Air Traffic Controllers of the OR'

Early results of a new program focusing on anesthesiologists' interactions with patients show promise toward improving patient satisfaction. "As hospitals prioritize patient satisfaction, anesthesiologists play a more visible role," says a Florida physician key to the program. >>>

NFP Hospitals' Revenue Growth Outpaced by Expense Growth Rate

Factors contributing to a grim economic report from Moody's Investors Service include low rate increases from commercial payers, Medicare and Medicaid rate cuts, and a shift in payer mix to more governmental payers, says a Moody's analyst. >>>

Physician Payment Data is Where the Action Is

Look beyond the EHR incentive program. A national effort to turn CMS's recent release of Medicare physician payment data into useful, actionable data visualizations is the hottest HIT challenge right now. >>>

Slideshow: Healthcare Leaders on Clinical Services and Profit Margins

Seeking to cut costs or enhance margins, some hospitals and health systems consider dropping clinical services. Four healthcare leaders discuss profitability and other factors that must be weighed before making a determination on clinical services. >>>



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News Headlines

'Tiering and steering' a contentious issue for local healthcare

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 28, 2014

In poorest states, political stigma is depressing participation in health law

The New York Times, April 28, 2014

Debate heating up over CA hospital charity care bill

Sacramento Business Journal, April 28, 2014

More than 30 ME doctors victimized in tax fraud case with national reach

Bangor Daily News, April 25, 2014

Opinion: Are med school grads prepared to practice medicine?

The New York Times, April 25, 2014

The secret world of drug-addict doctors

The Daily Beast, April 25, 2014

Medicare's $5 billion ambulance tab signals area of abuse

Bloomberg, April 24, 2014

Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

Boston.com, April 24, 2014

Male MDs earn way more than females in Medicare

CNBC.com, April 23, 2014

Measure would increase physician assistant ratio in FL

SFGate.com / Associated Press, April 23, 2014



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Physicians at the Crossroads

Doctors are facing critical decisions that will affect their future role in healthcare delivery, especially when it comes to developing care and payment models. >>>

 

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