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Is the Other Economic Shoe Going to Drop in Healthcare?
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor-Finance

Unquestionably, it's difficult for CFOs to focus on their primary mission to help people when they are concentrating on keeping their hospitals financially healthy. What's worse, there are many, myself included, who wonder if the other economic shoe is going to drop in healthcare—and a "W" or double-dip recession will smack us over the heads. [Read More]

  December 7, 2009

Editor's Picks
Three Ways to Thrive Under a Leaner Reimbursement Environment
My colleague Philip Betbeze also takes a look at the economy's effect on hospitals through a program called QUEST: High Performing Hospitals. The program is aimed at developing the next generation of quality, safety, and cost metrics to improve healthcare nationwide, and it examines ways hospitals can thrive with leaner reimbursements. [Read More]
Learning From Our Mistakes 10 Years After To Err Is Human
Imagine going in for surgery to repair a common bowel problem only to come out feeling worse. Not from the same bowel problem, but from the medical instrument left inside you after the surgery. My colleague Cheryl Clark takes a look at patient safety learnings 10 years after "To Err Is Human." [Read More]
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
Deleting Medicare Consult Code Could Hurt Patients, Say Doctors
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - December 4, 2009
Senate Amendments Feature Insurer Exec Pay Limits, Malpractice Award Caps
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - December 7, 2009
AT&T sets its sights on the telehealth industry
New Jersey Star-Ledger - December 7, 2009
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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

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, NY
Rating: Baa1
Outlook: Stable
Affected Debt: $1.4 billion
Agency: Moody's Investors Service
Remarks: The rating downgrade from A3, despite an improvement in recent operating performance, is reflective of the impact of the additional debt on an already weak balance sheet for a system of this size.
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The Construction Market and Hospital Business: We speak with Jim Haughey, a PhD and chief economist for Reed Construction Data, to find out how the recovery of the construction market nationwide affects hospitals and the economy overall. [Listen Now]
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