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Bill Transparency: Lessons Learned South of the Border
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor-Finance

I was in Mexico recently on vacation. As my husband and I rode the public bus into Cancun city, we heard a sad tale. A man from Cozumel stood at the front of the bus and told us about his daughter who was gravely ill, suffering from hydrocephalus or "water on the brain." He learned that it would cost him $2,800 per week for the treatment, not including surgery. The tale got me thinking about how hospitals in the U.S. share costs with their patients—or don't share until after the fact, which is more often the case. [Read More]

  March 8, 2010

Editor's Picks
Rival Texas Hospitals Bond For Meaningful Use And To Improve Care
It seems like everyone is more interested in squashing the competition than working with each other these days. Still, it's amazing what can be accomplished when four hospitals work together to achieve a common end. Senior Editor Cheryl Clark takes a look at how sometimes partnerships forged from fire can bring about marvelous change. [Read More]
ACOs May Lead to Health Insurer Partnerships with Physicians, Hospitals
What if there was no more fee-for-service? What if Accountable Care Organizations were the new solution to what ails the healthcare system? As Medicare and other healthcare and political leaders look for innovative ways to change the current state of healthcare, they may be turning to ACOs. Senior Editor Joe Cantlupe takes a look at what key players think about this approach. [Read More]
Insurers, White House Don't Agree on Who's to Blame for Rising Health Costs
When folks can't find a solution to a problem, they often prefer to find someone to blame for the mess instead—such is the case with the rising cost of healthcare. While some politicians and healthcare leaders strive to find a way to bring cost of care back into the realm of reality, others are pointing fingers. Find out who's blaming whom. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Escalate Growth Through Strategic Planning
Strategic planning initiatives are designed to improve financial performance, market positioning, and mission success. In Part 1 of a two-part series, healthcare strategist Gabrielle DeTora argues that a decentralized but integrated process should challenge healthcare leaders to broaden their system-wide horizons and justify long-term implications of significant capital expenditures with long-term strategic positioning improvements. [Read More]
Finance Headlines
AHA: New IRS Method Doesn't Show True Costs of Charity Care
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - March 8, 2010
Congress Will Have Trouble Meeting President's Latest Health Reform Deadline
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - March 8, 2010
Aetna CEO Ron Williams on insurance rates and healthcare reform
PBS - March 8, 2010
Democrats voice health-bill doubts
Wall Street Journal - March 8, 2010
Healthcare Must Expand Primary Care Models, Says Report
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - March 5, 2010
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From HealthLeaders Magazine
Beyond Meaningful Use
HealthLeaders February 2010 Technology can help the healthcare industry achieve better outcomes and cost savings, but only if providers incorporate decision-support tools and a coordinated approach to delivering care. [Read More]
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]
Money Talk

A look at one hospital's struggles to improve

Bloomsburg Hospital, PA
Rating: CCC
Outlook: Stable
Affected Debt: $13.57
Agency: Standard & Poor's
Remarks: The hospital's long-term rating was lowered from 'B-' to a 'CCC' on Columbia County (PA) Hospital Authority's $13.57 million series 1999 healthcare revenue bonds, issued for Bloomsburg Hospital. The rating was due in part to a significant weakening of an already thin balance sheet with only 12 days cash on hand and 10% cash-to-debt as of Sept. 30, 2009.
[Read More]
Audio Feature

CEOs Get the Cost Message Loud and Clear: Chris Jedrey, a partner with the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, discusses the setback on healthcare reform legislation and whether that will also set back health organizations' focus on cost and quality issues. [Listen Now]
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