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Healthcare Philanthropy: It's Your Job
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Charitable giving for nonprofit healthcare institutions  plummeted 11% in 2009. Regardless of whether you think healthcare reform  legislation is long overdue or a giant boondoggle, it's going to put a dent in  your revenues over time, and you need potential donors to understand that. It's  time to make philanthropy a strategic imperative.
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  October 1, 2010

 
Editor's Picks
Healthcare Job Postings Drop, But Demand Steady
Something's not right here. Despite the fact that online ads for healthcare practitioners and technical workers fell by 26,200 listings to 516,300 in September, the third straight month of decline, vacancies continue to outnumber skilled healthcare job seekers by 2 to 1. The healthcare sector is one of the few areas in the economy that has seen monthly job growth throughout the recession, although that growth has slowed considerably since 2009. Perhaps, as many for-profit companies claim, the uncertain regulatory environment is holding back hospitals and affiliated health providers from hiring until they know better what health reform regulators intend to do. [Read More]
MA Inches Toward ACO Model
Massachusetts, the first state to adopt near-universal healthcare coverage is out in front of healthcare reform once again. This time, the idea is to revamp the reimbursement system for physicians and hospitals, from the current fee-for service model to a global payments model (aka bundled payments). This is a key step toward adoption of the accountable care organization model, which is getting a lot of attention from both providers and payers, even though it is still loosely defined and largely untested. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive, original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more. [Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned. [Learn More]
Register Today for Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination
Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131or click here.
 
This Week's Headlines
Harvard Pilgrim cancels Medicare Advantage plan
The Boston Globe, September 29, 2010
Northwestern hospital, doctors eye restructuring
Chicago Breaking Business, September 29, 2010
Report calls D.C. hospital care worst
The Washington Business Journal, September 29, 2010
HHS Awards $320 Million to Expand Primary Care
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2010
Medical Groups Sound Alarm on SGR 'Crisis'
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 30, 2010
Care Management Solutions Go Mobile
HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2010
McDonald's may drop health plan
The Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2010
WV Medicaid head defends $600 million no-bid contracts
The Charleston Daily Mail, September 30, 2010
BCBS (NE) pilot program aims to cut healthcare costs
The Lincoln Journal Star, September 30, 2010
Martha Jefferson Hospital (VA) to merge with Sentara
The Daily Progress, September 30, 2010
Leaving hospice prematurely may hike health expenses
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 30, 2010

 

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