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Your HVAC Could Save You Millions
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor-Finance

More than $6.5 billion. That's how much healthcare organizations spend on energy each year, and that amount is rising to meet patients' needs, according to EnergyStar, a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through energy efficiency. As CFOs look for innovative ways to trim expenses from the budget, they should look no further than the HVAC and lighting systems. [Read More]

  February 1, 2010

Editor's Picks
Cleveland Clinic Opens Free Wellness Programs for Employee Dependents
"Free" is not a word most CFOs like to hear, especially in a down economy. But Cleveland Clinic is expanding its free employee wellness and health programs to more than 35,000 dependents. Find out how this shift is actually a far-sighted, cost-effective, proactive action needed to address many of the preventable chronic illnesses that otherwise drive healthcare costs beyond control. [Read More]
Is Steele the Man for CMS?
If you believe the gossip, President Obama may be naming Geisinger Health System CEO Glenn Steele as the new chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a position that has been vacant since before the Bush administration left office. The speculation is enough to get the rumor mill buzzing—find out what our senior leadership editor has to say about this possible career change. [Read More]
Finance Forum
TRICARE Protests: Round 2
For organizations interested in federal healthcare contracting, the lessons from a series of TMA contracts and the protests that followed continue to be learned and, in some cases, forgotten. As the saying goes, "it ain't over until the fat lady sings"—and she's still waiting in the wings. [Read More]
Finance Headlines
Scott Brown on healthcare reform: Whole plan should be scrapped
Christian Science Monitor - February 1, 2009
After medical treatment for Haiti quake victims, who in U.S. pays the bill?
Miami Herald - February 1, 2010
Massachusetts AG finds clout of hospitals drives cost
Boston Globe - January 29, 2010
Board for Dallas-based Parkland defends executive bonuses, OKs $226,670 incentive
Dallas Morning News - January 27, 2010
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From HealthLeaders Magazine
Five Strategies that Prove Healthcare is Still a Growth Industry
HealthLeaders January 2010 Here is a review of growth opportunities that will increase revenue, decrease costs, or enhance services in the areas of leadership, finance, physicians, technology, health plans, quality, and outcomes. [Read More]
Service Line Management
The Sports Center
Famous athletes and big sports programs may be the public face of sports medicine, but at its core are local communities and, increasingly, the unconventional athlete. [Read More]
Money Talk

A look at one hospital's struggles to improve

Sierra Kings Health Care District, Reedley, CA
Rating: Ba2
Outlook: Negative
Affected Debt: $20 million
Agency: Moody's Investors Service
Remarks: Downgraded from Baa3 based on the district's imminent filing of a petition for chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
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Audio Feature

How to Save Energy (and Money): Jennifer Stout, healthcare market manager for the Portland, OR-based BetterBricks, discusses how to help hospitals save not only energy, but also money. [Listen Now]
Tips to Avoid Claims Denials: Judy Suska of IMA Consulting offers hospitals tips on working with health plans on claims denials. [Listen Now]
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