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Friday, January 13, 2012

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Third Immediate Jeopardy for Cape Fear Valley Medical Center

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2012

The Fayetteville, NC safety-net hospital has received notification from the Atlanta office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that it faces its third immediate jeopardy status in as many months.

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Trustmark's Premium Hikes 'Excessive,' Says HHS

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2012

Federal health officials are using their new powers to keep health premiums increases low by declaring that Trustmark Life Insurance Company's health plan premium hikes are "excessive" and "unreasonable."

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William F. Jessee Talks Physician-Hospital Alignment

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2012

So far, neither hospitals nor physicians are up to the challenge of properly aligning themselves. Often lacking is a clear set of organizational goals and strategies to carry out the task of integration, says the former head of the Medical Group Management Association.

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7 Reasons Hospitals Buy Technology They Don't Need

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2012

We keep hearing that health providers should be cutting costs, so why do healthcare chiefs keep buying high-priced gadgets and gizmos that don't improve quality of care? Ego, vanity, and economics are the driving forces.

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Intelligence Report: M&A—Hospitals Take Control

By: January 12, 2012

More than three-quarters of organizations are exploring or have M&A deals under way, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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Impact Analysis Report—The Next Phase of Cost Control

By: January 6, 2012

This third report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange provides insight on cost containment from leaders at Banner Health, Wellmont Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services, and Trinity Regional Health System. Eighteen percent cite "no culture of being cost-conscious" as their greatest organizational challenge to cost reduction.

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