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If the Dirt Flies, the Recession is Actually Over
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor-Finance

Not unlike the DJIA, construction data reflects the economic (and emotion) of the times. So when I see reports that the economy is rebounding and hospitals are back in the black, I turn to the construction surveys for validation. After all, if the economy has really buried its woes, then the shovels will be out and the dirt will be flying. [Read More]

  November 30, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
Little-Known Medicare Pay Code Change Will Hurt Specialists
As of Jan. 1, the CMS plans to eliminate a series of five-digit CPT codes that specialist physicians such as cardiologists, oncologists, and surgeons use to bill for medical or surgical consults. These consults occur at the request of a practitioner who wants a specialist's opinion regarding his or her patient. Find out what this means for your facility. [Read More]
Beware of Medicaid Expansion Pitfalls
Medicaid expansion as a vehicle to insure more Americans is seen by many as a compromise to the public insurance plan. But expanding Medicaid programs isn't a cure-all—especially if permanent federal dollars aren't involved. These changes will affect hospitals as well as health plans. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Post-acute Care as a Winning Strategy in Recessionary Times
When acute care hospitals and health systems are developing marketing and growth strategies, which are especially important in this economic downturn, post-acute care opportunities frequently fall to the bottom of the list. However, like the tortoise that is slow and steady yet wins the race, post-acute programs consistently offer a strong return on investment to those providers with the insight to include these programs in their planning efforts. [Read More]
Finance Headlines
10 Years After To Err is Human: Are Hospitals Safer?
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - November 30, 2009
Senate debate on health bill set to begin
Wall Street Journal - November 30, 2009
Top hospitals dispute cost rankings
Baltimore Sun - November 30, 2009
Bill complicates drive to add primary-care doctors
Wall Street Journal - November 30, 2009
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Carving Out a New CEO Model
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Money Talk

A look at one hospital's struggles to improve

Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV
Rating: A2
Outlook: Negative
Affected Debt: $181.83 million
Agency: Moody's Investors Service
Remarks: Outlook revised from stable due to decline in liquidity and the lower-than-anticipated financial performance in FY 2008, resulting in weaker debt service coverage on a rising debt burden.
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The Construction Market and Hospital Business: We speak with Jim Haughey, a PhD and chief economist for Reed Construction Data, to find out how the recovery of the construction market nationwide affects hospitals and the economy overall. [Listen Now]
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