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There are Big Bucks in Better Patient Flow
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor-Finance

Looking at your patient flow could potentially save you hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the case of St. Joseph, MO-based Heartland Health, improving the surgery department patient flow garnered them over $300,000 in savings the first year. [Read More]

  February 8, 2010

Editor's Picks
Little Known ARRA Provision Can Help Finance Health IT
HealthLeaders Media Editor Carrie Vaughan takes a look at how hospitals, health systems, and physicians can overcome the hurdles to finding the funds to purchase health IT. Providers won't receive their share of the government incentive payments outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 until after the technology is in place and they are deemed meaningful users of the technology. Find out what your other options are for health IT purchases. [Read More]
Missed Opportunities for Malpractice Reform
After months of public debate about healthcare reform, one thing is now clear: Barring last-minute changes, the current medical malpractice system will remain intact, no matter what happens to the bill. Not only has there been little progress in addressing the problems related to medical liability reform, but serious and honest discussions about malpractice and defensive medicine have been largely absent from the larger reform debate. HealthLeaders Media Senior Editor Elyas Bakhtiari takes a closer look at the malpractice situation. [Read More]
Live ED Overhaul Webcast on February 23
Join HealthLeaders Media on February 23 for HealthLeaders Media Rounds: ED Overhaul: Reduce costs, improve quality, and increase satisfaction from 9 a.m.-noon, PST. This three-hour Webcast features discussion—including interactive Q&A—of the key issues impacting ED management. Hear top executives from Scripps Health, Tomball Regional Hospital, William Beaumont Hospital, and Methodist Healthcare share solutions to: crowding and wait times, streamlining the admission process, ED and hospital integration, staffing plans that reduce costs and increase coverage during peak hours, physician alignment, and quality and patient safety improvement. For more information and to register click here. To attend the program live on the Scripps La Jolla campus, click here.
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
Obama Hopes to Recharge Health Reform with Public Meeting
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - February 8, 2010
Obama's Budget Would Hurt Healthcare Charitable Giving, Says Group
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - February 5, 2010
Healthcare Created 14,500 New Jobs in January
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - February 5, 2010
Aetna reports profit drop, sees more declines in 2010
Wall Street Journal - February 8, 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

Saint Barnabas Health Care System, West Orange, NJ
Rating: Ba1
Outlook: Negative
Affected Debt: $881.9 million
Agency: Moody's Investors Service
Remarks: Downgraded from Baa2 based on the effects of a weakened balance sheet and poor financial management.
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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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