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Hospital Data Mining Hits Paydirt
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Predictive analytics, also known as data mining, can overhaul the conventional hospital billing process, and offer administrators a much-sought after link between the clinical and the financial. Bonus: this technology often reveals millions in unnecessary losses. [Read More]
  November 29, 2010

Editor's Picks
Hoping for Repeal is Not a Strategy
Some of you are pinning your hopes for your organization's long-term well-being on repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. You see massive additional government regulation, reduced reimbursements, and pressure on your margin for the foreseeable future. Those are legitimate concerns regarding the law. Perhaps you're hoping the results of the election will mean the next Congress will repeal it, and you won't have to deal with it at all. The law is certainly not in any way perfect, and several of its provisions—mainly the long-term viability of the insurance mandate and the accompanying coverage increases—seem programmed to fail as they are currently written. But it is a law. They're tough to pass and tough to repeal. [Read More]
It's Good to Be in Healthcare
Despite all the ululating about shrinking reimbursements and the impact of federal healthcare reform, and any of a number of financial icebergs out there, let's acknowledge that it's good to be in healthcare. Numerous surveys show that physicians, highly skilled clinicians, and healthcare executives in the United States are the most highly compensated class of workers on the planet. [Read More]
Hospital Execs, Get Strategic About Capital Expenditures
Major capital investments in facilities are often the largest single expense incurred by healthcare providers in any given year. These decisions can have lasting and permanent impact on an institution. Hospital leaders simply cannot get them wrong. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions
Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. [Read More]
HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. [Register today]
Finance Forum
How to Increase Receivables While Preserving Patient Relationships
Securing patient-pay receivables is getting more difficult by the day, and with bad debt, now around 7%-10% expected to mushroom, successful collection has never been more important to a hospital's bottom line. Here are some expert pointers.

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Finance Headlines
10% of Family Docs Mull Shuttering Over Medicare Cuts
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How Medicare sets hospital prices
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NJ Hospital due for a $12M infusion, November 29, 2010
3 Insurers ordered to halt Medicare sales
The Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2010
Mass. posts industry payments to health care providers
The Boston Globe, November 23, 2010
N.J. nonprofit hospitals lag U.S.
The Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2010
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