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Top 12 Uncertainties Hovering Over Healthcare

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 21, 2011

If ever there was a year in which "anything could happen" in healthcare, 2012 just might be it. Numerous major decisions, regulations, and policy rollouts loom, including how severely physicians' pay will be cut and whether the Affordable Care Act itself is a constitutional document. We look at a dozen potential game changers.

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M&A: Finding the Right Match

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, November 21, 2011

The merger and acquisition process can be risky and frustrating. Healthcare leaders must appreciate what makes a hospital or health system an attractive M&A participant, when to make a deal, and what makes a deal go bad.

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Ability to Pay Drives Hospital Length of Stay

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 21, 2011

Uninsured patients spend less time in the hospital than insured patients, according to a study that suggests that ability to pay plays a greater role than medical need when determining length of stay.

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With Rate-Setting Proposal, MA Leads Pricing Race to the Bottom

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2011

Under a proposed plan, Massachusetts state officials would be empowered to reject certain rates charged by hospitals for medical services if the recommendations of a panel of "healthcare stakeholders, lawmakers, and experts," are accepted.

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NEW: Cost Containment—Overcoming Challenges

By: November 21, 2011

90% of leaders say they have succeeded in cutting costs without harming outcomes or patient satisfaction, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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ICD-10: Skating on Thin Margins

By: November 10, 2011

"[Healthcare leaders] may not totally appreciate the enormity of this task, and that might be something that comes back to bite them in the end. This seems like an infrastructure task, so it may be that people aren’t worried, but there’s more to it."
—Michelle Mahan, Vice President and CFO, Frederick Memorial Regional Health System, Frederick, MD

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