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Hospitals Brace for a Financial Pounding
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Sure, it's law, but regulators will be defining healthcare reform legislation for years to come, which puts hospital CEOs in a difficult place. What they think is coming in terms of reimbursement, patient demand, and endless other concerns, promises to provide a constantly shifting ground from which to make decisions. About the only thing they can count on is that if they don't make changes, then their bottom lines will take a beating.
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  September 24, 2010

Editor's Picks
Healthcare Reform Provisions Begin
The new healthcare reform law turned six months old yesterday, and with it comes new key coverage requirements that go into effect, says my colleague Janice Simmons. Healthcare consumers are more likely to feel the impact of these new measures, but healthcare providers could see some changes, too, such as more patients—including those with pre-existing or chronic conditions—seeking their services. [Read More]
Rethinking the Future of Outpatient Chronic Care
The next 20 years could be thought of as the next great migration—when 77 million Americans, the biggest group ever, move through the window for ages 55 to 75. It's the Baby Boomers and Generation X getting older, bringing with them new challenges and pressures inside and outside the healthcare system. The current medical model treats continuous disorders, such as hypertension or diabetes, as if they are episodic, maybe calling for visits to a physician three or four times a year, but that's only one of the inefficient ways healthcare must be transformed to meet the needs of this demographic. [Read More]
City of Hope's reorg plan creates rift with doctors group
A bruising turf battle that pits City of Hope National Medical Center against the organization that provides most of its doctors has created a rift at the prestigious cancer treatment and research complex northeast of Los Angeles. The controversy—centering on a reorganization of hospital operations—has yielded dueling lawsuits, a doctors' "loss of confidence" vote against chief executive Dr. Michael A. Friedman and public pleas for support to lawmakers and patients. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive, original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more. [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
Roundtable: Hospitals and Physicians: Partners in Accountable Care
The Tennessean, September 22, 2010
Can ACOs Crack the Healthcare Payment Code?
Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2010
CMS Failed to Report Providers' Adverse Actions, Says OIG
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2010
The Importance of Knowing Exactly Why We Die
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2010
Florida docs slam American Medical Association in letter
The Hill, September 9, 2010
Rate Increases Denied to Some Private Medicare Plans
The Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2010
Insurers Scramble to Comply With Health Rules
The New York Times, September 23, 2010
Layoffs looming at Sacred Heart (WA)
KXLY, September 23, 2010


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