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Standalone Hospitals: An Endangered Species?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

The recovery in the hospital sector has been documented, as Standard & Poor's released a report this week that while not glowing, showed the prospects for standalone nonprofit hospitals certainly isn't bleak.
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  July 30, 2010

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CMS Keeps Original Payment Policy for Multi-Campus Hospitals
Multi-campus hospitals should not anticipate additional incentive payments beyond what would be paid for one hospital under the "meaningful use" provisions unveiled earlier this month, according to a story by my colleague Janice Simmons. As the interpretation of the HITECH Act progresses forward, perhaps hospitals are getting a taste of what kinds of high-drama decisions will be made by regulators as the healthcare reform act is implemented over the next several years. It won't be pretty. [Read More]
Back Pain Care Spending Nearly Doubled in a Decade
The game of whack-a-mole in federal reimbursement looks like it will continue, with back ailments now taking the place of imaging as the group of service that look most likely to face cuts in the coming years, according to a study from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and a story by my colleague Cheryl Clark. The study found that back pain care spending nearly doubled in a decade. [Read More]
The hospital's growing role as care coordinator
Hospitals aren't known for making house calls. Once patients get their discharge papers, they take their chances with a family doctor or staffers at a clinic who may or may not know what happened inside the hospital's walls. Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx is pioneering a new model of healthcare delivery, endorsed by the architects of health reform, which promises to radically change the current fragmented system in which the family doctor may have no idea what happens during a hospital stay, or a diabetes patient's endocrinologist, internist, and cardiologist never talk to one another. [Take the survey]

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