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Five Hospital Leaders Reveal their Secrets to Better Patient Experience
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor-Finance

With the majority of hospital financial leaders expecting uncompensated care numbers to worsen in the next year, you might think that other areas, such as patient experience, might slip from importance—but you'd be wrong. [Read More]

  February 22, 2010

Editor's Picks
In Defense of a Healthcare Slasher
The CEO of Atlanta's Grady Health System is a man on a mission, and that mission is keeping the city's safety net institution from falling irrevocably into ruin. HealthLeaders Media Leadership Editor Philip Betbeze takes a look at a man who makes no apologies for the tough choices he's had to make to turn his facility around. [Read More]
Layoffs an Effective Strategy for Economic Crisis, But Beware the Downstream Costs
The last two years of deep recession have forced many executives in the healthcare sector to take drastic steps to curb costs. Even though healthcare is one of the few sectors in the overall economy to see job growth, hospitals have not been immune to layoffs and other staff reductions. While the job cuts may have an immediate effect on cost containment, Senior Editor John Commins takes a look at when and if other downstream costs should be considered. [Read More]
Health IT's Three Big Issues: Money, Money, and Money
From budgets to staffing to investment in new technologies that will help organizations achieve meaningful use, healthcare IT leaders spoke out on how these changes will affect their organizations—and their organization's budget. With many healthcare leaders ranking government mandates as the number one healthcare driver in a recent HealthLeaders Media survey, Technology Editor Gienna Shaw looks at how the government is driving IT costs. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Buoying the Bottom Line
The recession caused a nationwide shift in priorities last year, so it's not surprising that after watching their once buoyant financials plummet, healthcare CFOs would also reshuffle their priorities. The result: Quality was moved down as a priority in favor of physician recruitment and cost reduction, according to the HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2010. [Read More]
Finance Headlines
Obama to urge oversight of insurers' rate increases
New York Times - February 22, 2009
I cost more, but I am a specialist
New York Times - February 22, 2010
What really drives healthcare spending
Wall Street Journal - February 22, 2010
Some hospitals prove to be recession-proof
The Press-Telegram - February 22, 2010
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Service Line Management
Imaging After the Recession
After freezing capital spending during the recession, hospitals are investing in imaging again. But reimbursement cuts and reform have changed the focus of the service line. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Offsetting Uncompensated Care: Nancy Schlichting, CEO for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, discusses how their system is working to offset the financial losses of rising numbers of uncompensated care. [Listen Now]
Money Talk

A look at one hospital's struggles to improve

Southwest General Health Center, OH
Rating: A1
Outlook: Stable
Affected Debt: $14.84
Agency: Moody's Investors Service
Remarks: Upgraded to A1 from A2 on the long-term ratings and affirmed the VMIG 1 short-term ratings assigned to the County of Medina's Health Care Facilities Variable Rate Demand Revenue Bonds. Upon the substitution of the LOCs in December 2009, the ratings reflect the credit quality of the bank and a transaction structure that ensures timely payment of debt service and purchase price to investors.
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