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Who Wants an Empty Hospital?

Philip Betbeze

If you don't, you should. A nearly empty hospital indicates you've achieved functional integration such that your continued existence doesn't depend on the hospital at all. It depends instead on how well you take care of people to make sure they seldom, if ever, end up there. >>>


Editor's Picks

Obama Quietly Signs SGR Patch Bill

The new law delays both the implementation of the ICD-10 code set and the so-called two-midnight rule, which affects hospital reimbursements. The law also includes critical funding extensions for rural hospitals. >>>

Sudden Hospital Closure Stuns MA Community; More Coming

The events leading up to the abrupt closure of a regional hospital in a remote corner of Massachusetts are complicated. But many community hospitals across the country are equally vulnerable, and more will close. >>>

Medicare Advantage Cuts Expected

Healthcare payers and providers are bracing for a payment rate cut to Medicare Advantage health plans next year. The 2015 rate is expected to be announced Monday by CMS. >>>

State Battles over Medicaid Expansion Heating Up

With half of states embracing federally financed Medicaid expansion and the other half slow to follow suit, hospitals are key players in one of the hottest healthcare policy clashes in the country. >>>

Latest ICD-10 Delay Re-shuffles the Deck, Irritates Players

Another year-long delay in the deadline for implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding set spells frustration for vendors and providers. "This is bad," says CHIME president and CEO Russ Branzell. >>>

Tight Reimbursements Meet Sophisticated Rev Cycle Processes

As population health management becomes the norm and new reimbursement models take hold and threaten to erode revenue, the CFO of a large Pennsylvania teaching hospital unveils his plan to improve collections. >>>

Slideshow: Healthcare Leaders on Executive Compensation

Compensation formulas for physician leaders are being recalculated to reward clinical performance over volume metrics. Four healthcare leaders discuss compensation strategy changes their organizations have made to attract, engage, and retain top talent. >>>

News Headlines

Next steps for states, health insurance under the ACA

USA Today, April 4, 2014

Doctor shortage found in western NY, upstate

The Buffalo News, April 4, 2014

MA hospital files for bankruptcy liquidation; work to reopen ER continues, April 4, 2014

Widow awarded $1.1 million in wrongful death lawsuit against ME doctor

Bangor Daily News, April 4, 2014

US to let public see how Medicare pays doctors

Reuters, April 3, 2014

Blue Cross group sees Obamacare premium payments at 80-85 percent

Chicago Tribune, April 3, 2014

Health department raises alarm about RI hospital infection controls after measles incident

Middletown Patch, April 3, 2014

White House: 7.1 million have signed up under ACA

USA Today, April 2, 2014

Parkland defends growing cost of new public hospital

The Dallas Morning News, April 2, 2014

St. Charles Parish Hospital (LA) misspent $6 million in bond money, audit says

The Times-Picayune, April 1, 2014

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