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Three Cost Centers in
Planning for a Pandemic

Michelle Ponte, Senior Editor-Finance

Is your organization better prepared for a pandemic having experienced the swine flu? H1N1 cases in the U.S. are lower than expected, but it's not over yet. Even worse is the possibility of it circling back in a mutated form six months from now, say hospital leaders. Bruce Cadwallender with the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers shares lessons learned from the swine flu, some of which have ramifications for those focused on the balance sheet side of the business. [Read More]

  May 27, 2009

Editor's Picks
Tweeting Surgeries May Lead to Improved Doctor-Family Communication
Does the Tweetdeck world want to know if the transplanted kidney is now making urine? Should you webcast your gastric bypass? Maybe. But marketing tactics to publicize hospital surgical feats could backfire. What if someone says "Whoops"? [Read More]
States Could Save Money by Expanding Medicaid Managed Care
Medicare managed care health plans improve patient satisfaction, improve care, and save money, says a report from the Lewin Group. Savings range from .5% to 20% compared with fee-for-service models. [Read More]
UPenn Health System Uses eICU to Lower VAP Rates
A telemedicine technique using electronic surveillance nearly halved the occurrence of ventilator-associated pneumonia at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, saving the hospital $138,000 over the two-year project. Using the system, risk factors such as wrong head-to-bed elevation can be more carefully monitored. [Read More]
Baucus Expects Bipartisan Support for Healthcare Reform
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) anticipates that reform legislation will get bipartisan support and will cover approximately 94%-95% of Americans. Undocumented workers will not be eligible, he says. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Shrinking Margins, Shrinking Options?
Margins at U.S. hospitals are declining while the recession hits full force. In this environment it may seem impossible to balance your priorities and finances. However, there are relatively pain-free ways to trim costs, say hospital experts, before you ever get to the high-pain points such as having to lay off staff. [Read More]
Finance Headlines
Study: Hospitals that charge more fare worse on quality measures
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - May 22, 2009
Michigan AG seeks hearing on planned Blue Cross rate hike
Detroit News - May 22, 2009
Study: Trimming Residents' Hours Would Cost Teaching Hospitals $1.6 billion Annually
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - May 21, 2009
Nashville health executive accused of fraud
The Tennessean - May 20, 2009
New taxes loom to pay for healthcare overhaul
Wall Street Journal - May 19, 2009
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Cash for Computers
HealthLeaders May 2009 With an 11-figure incentive to invest in information technology and electronic medical records, healthcare executives need to determine if this offer from Uncle Sam is the kind of help that they are prepared to accept. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Simpler Surgeries, Complex Market
Technological advances have impact beyond the OR, affecting market trends and hospital-physician alignment. [Read More]
Money Talk

A look at one hospital's struggles to improve

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service, District No. 2, LA
Rating: A+
Outlook: Stable
Affected Debt: $18.7 million
Agency: Fitch Inc.
Remarks: Upgraded rating from A- due to improved operations, a strong tax base, and continued economic growth in an area recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
[Read More]
Audio Feature

Hospital-Physician Alignment: What You Need to Know Today: Is your organization considering some type of alignment arrangement with physicians? Then listen in to Deane Corliss, vice-chair of the Health Care Practice Group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Birmingham, AL. Corliss says alignments are increasing in multiple areas from clinical co-management agreements to syndication of acute care hospitals. In our interview, she discusses what's driving hospitals and physicians together today and offers sound advice before you pony up the legal fees. [Listen Now]
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