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Denials Bleed You: Four Ideas to Fix It
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor-Finance

We can all sympathize with the frustration a person feels when they are unjustifiably denied their medical coverage. From a CFO's perspective, claims denials are a daily occurrence, and they are made more frustrating when it means your hospital is bleeding hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Here are the key components to getting your denials in order. [Read More]

  January 25, 2010

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How Wasteful is Your Care Delivery?
When presented with pay-for-performance metrics, clinical benchmarks, and other statistics about the care they provide, physicians typically react one of two ways: (1) they bristle at the notion of being measured and quantified to such extremes, or (2) they jump at the chance to find out how they measure up to their peers. When you're trying to eliminate wasteful care delivery, you're hoping for the latter reaction from your doctors. Find out how one health system is working to achieve that end and save money in the process. [Read More]
Episode-Based Payments: Finding A New Way to Pay for Quality Care
When looking for ways to pay for quality healthcare, we tend to look at two endpoints: fee-for-service and full capitation. So what's in between? Episode-based payments. Learn more about how these payments may work to improve quality care. [Read More]
Coakley's Failed Senate Bid: Four Lessons for Healthcare Marketers
There are lessons aplenty for marketing, advertising, and communications professionals from the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race that put Republican Scott Brown into the seat previously held by the late Ted Kennedy. Our Senior Marketing Editor Gienna Shaw fills you in on four of them. [Read More]
Finance Forum
The Top 10 Mistakes in Setting Goals
For years healthcare leaders have been evaluated by means of a "Does Not Meet/Meets/Exceeds" scale. But a far more fair method is the use of a clear, objective, and weighted evaluation based on specific goal achievement, says contributor Bill Bielenda. However, initial implementation of this leader evaluation system can be challenging for some organizations. Here, Bielenda provides the top 10 most common mistakes made during the first year of rollout and how they can be handled. [Read More]
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Rating: Baa1
Outlook: Negative
Affected Debt: $245 million
Agency: Moody's Investors Service
Remarks: Downgraded from A3 based on significant cuts in supplemental state funding, which have resulted in the erosion of balance sheet measures.
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