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Star Wars Wisdom Applies to Charity Care
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor-Finance

Is it an insidious coincidence that 67% of patients want more transparency and 67% didn't know about charity care? No, there likely isn't anything sinister afoot at hospitals regarding their approach to charity care. Many facilities may not see it as a big enough problem to merit attention and so they are behind on implementing technology, but to quote the cinematic classic Return of the Jedi, they may "pay the price for their lack of vision." [Read More]
  November 16, 2009

Editor's Picks
Three Fundamentals When Designing for Digital Care
Along the lines of the importance of technology, our technology editor takes a look at hospital officials designing or renovating their facilities so they are equipped for a digital healthcare system. [Read More]
Tell Your Trustees Real Stories of Patient Harm
Quality care at hospitals is a very serious issue, yet a recent survey shows that many trustees aren't interested in it. Cheryl Clark, our community hospital editor, takes a deeper look at why it's important to educate them on this area. [Read More]
Happy Thanksgiving!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a happy Thanksgiving holiday. HealthLeaders Media Finance will not publish next week, but will be back with a new issue November 30.
Finance Forum
Post-acute Care as a Winning Strategy in Recessionary Times
When acute care hospitals and health systems are developing marketing and growth strategies, which are especially important in this economic downturn, post-acute care opportunities frequently fall to the bottom of the list. However, like the tortoise that is slow and steady yet wins the race, post-acute programs consistently offer a strong return on investment to those providers with the insight to include these programs in their planning efforts. [Read More]
Finance Headlines
CMS Report: House Reform Bill May Not Bend Healthcare Cost Curve
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - November 16, 2009
Democrats herald report on healthcare costs
Wall Street Journal - November 16, 2009
Small businesses in Massachusetts bridle at health insurance hikes
Boston Globe - November 16, 2009
CMS Report: House Reform Bill May Not Bend Healthcare Cost Curve
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - November 16, 2009
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Carving Out a New CEO Model
HealthLeaders November 2009 Responding to heightened scrutiny and reimbursement cuts, healthcare CEOs are becoming increasingly interactive with a growing list of constituents. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Don't Count on Colonoscopies
New procedural developments and a shifting market are changing how physicians and hospitals work together to deliver digestive health services. [Read More]
Money Talk

A look at one hospital's struggles to improve

Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, MO
Rating: A1
Outlook: Negative
Affected Debt: $489 million
Agency: Moody's Investors Service
Remarks: The outlook is revised from stable based on modest operating performance in fiscal years 2007 and 2008, weakened liquidity position due to challenges in the equity markets, and thin debt coverage ratios.
[Read More]
Audio Feature

Hospital Finances: On the Mend? An interview with Gary Pickens, PhD, from the Center for Healthcare Improvement, with a look at their recent findings on hospital financial recovery. [Listen Now]
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