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5 Hospital Finance Questions to Ask Right Now
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Late December is the time of year when we look at ahead with anticipation at what the future holds. With only days left in 2010, I checked in with two seasoned healthcare CFOs to get their insights on what 2011 may hold. [Read More]

  December 27, 2010

 
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7 Resources for Boosting Outpatient Business
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Healthcare Consolidation Happens Quickly in Kentucky
Experts have been predicting consolidation in the healthcare industry for years, but it's never really happened on the scale the soothsayers anticipated. But now, they may finally be right. Two announcements came blowing out of Kentucky last month that have convinced our senior editor Philip Betbeze that this boon is for real. [Read More]
Hospitalists Seek Parity with Hospitals
Healthcare reform is setting off a multitude of repercussions throughout the U.S. healthcare system, not least of which is the changing relationship between physicians and hospitals. With more physician employment, and increasing strain, it is clear that physicians and hospitals will continually need to work on alignment issues. One of the most significant areas of potential change in those relationships may involve hospitalists, whose numbers are increasing. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions
Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. [Read More]
Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Join us live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital February 15, at 1:00 PM (EST) and share lessons learned from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. [Register today]
Finance Forum
10 Strategies for Healthcare M&A Success
The majority of healthcare merger and acquisition transactions fail to produce the desired financial and strategic results. The often-overlooked key to success is strategic communications planning, says one expert.

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Finance Headlines
12 Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
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Georgia hospital pays $13.9M to settle false claims allegations
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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System announces merger with IHA
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A look at one hospital's struggles to improve

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Rating: AA-
Outlook: Positive
Affected Debt: $1.7 billion
Agency: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
Remarks: S&P revised its rating outlook to positive from stable and affirmed its AA- rating on various issuers' debt issued for Mayo Clinic. At the same time, S&P affirmed its various other ratings on numerous bonds issued on behalf of Mayo Clinic. Offsetting credit factors include liquidity levels that are still below similarly rated organizations. S&P also considers Mayo Clinic's asset allocation aggressive, with approximately 50% of Mayo's long-term fund in alternative assets. S&P also cites its potential exposure to future Medicare and Medicare physician reimbursement reductions.
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