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Will Congress Abolish the 96-Hour Rule?

John Commins

There are rumblings that federal lawmakers may be willing to repeal Medicare's burdensome rule requiring physicians in critical access hospitals to make an educated guess that the patients they're admitting will be either discharged or transferred in less than four days. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

After a Medical Error, Patients Could Become Hospital Insiders

Patients who have been harmed by medical errors, and their family members, could be recruited to hospital internal quality review proceedings and their suffering could be used to prevent future mistakes. It's a good idea with potentially disastrous side effects. >>>

In Demand: A Different Kind of CEO

Hospital CEO has been the dream job for healthcare administrators for decades. But the top job increasingly isn't the top anymore, as organizations merge, holding companies morph into operating companies, and metrics for success change. Can you adapt? >>>

Hospitals Begin Subsidizing Exchange Premiums via Third Parties

A collaboration between a Wisconsin United Way chapter and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics uses a hospital financial gift to help defray the cost of health insurance for some potential enrollees. It could be a model for others. >>>

ANA Backs Federal Nurse Staffing Bill

A Senate bill calls for unit-by-unit staffing plans and publicly reporting those staffing plans, but stops short of dictating mandated nurse-patient ratios. >>>

Healthcare M&A Deal Value Up 152% in Q1 2014

Flat or declining deal volume doesn't indicate that the M&A market is cooling, but increasing deal values indicate that larger deals are in the works, says a PwC analyst. At the same time, hospitals and health systems are slowing their pace of physician practice acquisitions. >>>

Value-Based Investments Pay Off for NFP Hospitals

Investments in outpatient facilities and health information technology systems are helping not-for-profit hospitals overcome revenue setbacks, says a Moody's report. >>>

As Dementia Spreads, So Does Geriatrician Shortage

Much attention has been paid to the disproportionate balance of the supply and demand of PCPs. Fewer PCPs also means fewer geriatricians, for which there is already acute demand. >>>

Slideshow: The ED Fix: Triage, Coordination and Navigation

Emergency departments play a unique and critical role in maintaining the health and well-being of a community. Emerging best practices in care team composition and patient flow can improve ED throughput and patient satisfaction. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cardio Services—Keeping Pace With the Pulse of Population Health

As healthcare providers broaden cardiovascular programs and invest more in population health, IT integration, and outpatient facilities, many face increased margin pressure. This report reveals the key differences between stand-alone hospitals and health systems and how partners across the care continuum will play a greater role in helping to meet both patient needs and financial goals. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Hospitals face Obamacare uninsured funding gap

The Hill, May 28, 2014

US Republican seeks private healthcare for waiting veterans

Reuters, May 28, 2014

Safety net hospitals already seeing more paying patients — and revenue

Kaiser Health News / USA Today, May 28, 2014

Allina closes United Hospital floor as it seeks $100M in cuts

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, May 28, 2014

Should doctors work for hospitals?

The Atlantic, May 28, 2014

Wild health insurance rate hikes may settle down, filings show

NBC News / Associated Press, May 27, 2014

When hospital systems buy health insurers

The New York Times, May 27, 2014

Private hospitals could take some pressure off VA

ABC News / Associated Press, May 27, 2014

ACA, spending cuts slow healthcare hiring

The Sacramento Bee / McClatchy, May 23, 2014

Some CO doctors may be overcharging Medicare for routine visits

Kaiser Health News, May 23, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Presidents, CEOs, and the New Leadership Model

Some hospital CEOs, used to captaining their own ship, are finding that healthcare reform means there are fewer opportunities to run things as they see fit. Maybe that's a good thing. >>>

 

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