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Could Nonprofit Hospitals Become an Endangered Species?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Several of us were meeting recently about story ideas in HealthLeaders magazine. A story idea I mentioned about nonprofit status was discussed in our conference call, and I speculated that given the increasing levels of insured patients, that some people might get the idea that tax breaks are no longer necessary for nonprofit hospitals and health systems. Another idea postulated as we discussed that story idea was that many hospitals, especially of the local, government-owned variety, might consider ditching their nonprofit missions entirely and move toward a for-profit business model.
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  June 18, 2010

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the federal government has will spend $250 million of the $500 million Prevention and Public Health fund for fiscal 2010 in training and boosting the number of primary care providers in this country. My colleague John Commins has the breakdown of how the money will be spent and the number of additional providers expected to be trained under the program. [Read More]
Before You Make That Cut
My colleague Karen Minich-Pourshadi has an interesting take on what a seemingly insignificant move can cause in a hospital or health system. The "butterfly effect" is the notion that an action as seemingly insignificant as the flutter of a butterfly's wings might create a disturbance that, sufficiently amplified, could change large-scale atmospheric motion, leading to a huge storm in a distant place. Meteorological theory isn't often something associated with finance, but the butterfly effect is similar to a theory dubbed the "strategic halo"—an idea that could potentially prevent finance leaders from making the wrong service line changes and costing a hospital more money than it saves. [Read More]
Pay Patients Without Overpaying
Don't miss a great piece of commentary here from my colleague Elyas Bakhtiari concerning the notion of paying health insurance beneficiaries for simple things they should be doing anyway, like keeping their weight down or taking necessary medications. Yes, you read that correctly. Sometimes it seems that paying cash is the only way to get anyone to do anything, even when inaction is potentially life threatening. [Read More]
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