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Two-Midnight Rule Will Cost Hospitals Big

Philip Betbeze

The simple demarcation between inpatient and outpatient status prodded by Medicare's proposed rule has the potential to turn into a big revenue problem. But good documentation can help. >>>


Editor's Picks

Presidents, CEOs, and the New Healthcare Leadership Model

Some hospital CEOs, used to captaining their own ships, are finding that healthcare reform means there are fewer opportunities to run things as they see fit. Maybe that's a good thing. >>>

Cleveland Clinic Partners with Akron General

In an exclusive partnership deal, Akron General Health System will retain majority ownership and there will be no attempt to impose Cleveland Clinic's employed physician model on private practices affiliated with Akron General. >>>

Alternatives to ACO Strategies Emerge

While joining an ACO can be the right decision for some physicians practices, the cost savings under this model are still being tested. Some doctors are banding together as independent physician associations, which improves their ability to practice independently, but still nets them better insurer reimbursement rates. >>>

New AMA President Talks Tough on SGR

The new president of the American Medical Association, Robert Wah, MD, says he is "beyond frustrated" that the sustainable growth rate formula has not yet been repealed, and says finding a way to pay for it is the job of Congress. >>>

10 Ways to Halt Drug Diversion

The Mayo Clinic is a leader in dealing with opioid-addicted physicians, nurses, and technicians and the risk they present to patient safety. >>>

Q&A: Karen DeSalvo on Meaningful Use, ONC Reorg

In an in-depth interview, National Coordinator for Health Information Karen DeSalvo, MD, discusses meaningful use, EHR usability, innovation, and the recently announced restructuring at the Office of National Coordinator. Part one of two. >>>

Hospitals Save Big When PPI Purchases are Standardized

One Boston medical center cut roughly $9 million from its supply chain spend in 2013 and is on target to cut another $8.5 million in 2014. "We go where the money is, which a lot of the time is physician preference items like knees and hips," says its director of purchasing. >>>

Slideshow: The Clinical Strategy for Financial Health—Care Redesign and Standardization

While there are many barriers to attaining sustainable cost reductions, hospitals and health systems are looking for ways to continue serving their communities while cutting costs. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: The Clinical Strategy for Financial Health—Care Redesign & Standardization

This report reveals how leading organizations are implementing programs aimed at care redesign, care standardization, and driving waste out of healthcare delivery. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

More insurers joining Obamacare

The Hill, June 13, 2014

Obamacare health spending surge? Not so fast

Kaiser Health News, June 13, 2014

Senate health plan for veterans costs may top $35 billion

Bloomberg, June 13, 2014

Some costly hospital complications not tracked by Medicare, analysis finds

Kaiser Health News, June 13, 2014

Shands to pay $3.25M in whistleblower settlement

Orlando Sentinel, June 13, 2014

Insurers will propose changes to Obama health law / Associated Press, June 12, 2014

Aetna CEO says 2015 Obamacare rates to rise less than 20%

Reuters, June 12, 2014

US healthcare data points to much weaker first-quarter GDP

Reuters, June 12, 2014

Medicare Advantage lobbying machine steamrolls Congress

NBC News / The Center for Public Integrity, June 11, 2014

Suit says Pacific Health Corp. hospital conspired to fill beds

Orange County Register, June 10, 2014

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New Goals, New Alliances

The historically adversarial relationship between providers and payers is shifting toward cautious cooperation as both sides recognize that they must implement structural and strategic changes to ensure their mutual survival. >>>


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