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Top 6 Financial Game Changers for Hospitals
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

It's been a challenging year for healthcare executives with fiduciary responsibilities. Legislative reform, rising costs, and ready-to-plummet reimbursements have been recurring story lines. An analysis of the top issues affecting financial leaders reveals a few other game changers as well. [Read More]

  December 6, 2010

Editor's Picks
Job Growth Continues for Healthcare Sector
While the nation's unemployment rate has increased to 9.8 percent, hospitals reported 8,000 payroll additions in November and 42,200 payroll additions so far this year. The growth in hospital jobs is nearly double the 21,700 jobs created in the first 11 months of 2009, but is still well off the pace of hospital job growth for most of the decade, data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show. [Read More]
Health Insurers Gird for MLR Changes
Health insurers have raised little more than an eyebrow at the new medical loss ratio regulations recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The regulatory body largely formalized the recommendations put forth by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in October, as directed by the Affordable Care Act. That didn't stop industry lobbyists from politely telling the government what's wrong—and always has been—with the rules. [Read More]
Fed Funding Aids Primary Care Need
Ramin Ahmadi, MD, director of medical education and research at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, is finding a way to get more primary care physicians into his community. He's following the money. The government's money, that is. [Read More]
Hoping for Repeal is Not a Strategy
An upcoming HealthLeaders Media intelligence report on reform readiness — the level of readiness hospitals and health systems have regarding the new health reform law — is is an eye-opener. There's lots of interesting stuff in it, but on the whole, "one broad conclusion from the survey responses struck me," writes HealthLeaders senior leadership editor, Philip Betbeze: "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." [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]
Webcast: Tactics to Measure Financial ROI for Marketing Efforts
Proving marketing ROI is both critical to do, yet often hard to do. In this economic and competitive environment, the stakes are high?you need to show the efficacy of your marketing dollars through a commitment to measuring your efforts beyond brand awareness. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 13th for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A to get specific how-to's on demonstrable marketing efficacy with case studies from Chester County Hospital and Fairview Health Services. [Register today]
Finance Forum
Why Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending Matters
Medicare spending per capita varies almost threefold between the lowest and highest spending regions in the nation, research shows. The reasons why are debatable, but the implication for hospitals is clear: the government is taking steps to adjust the Medicare system to account for those variations.
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Money Talk

A look at one hospital's struggles to improve

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Rating: AA-
Outlook: Positive
Affected Debt: $1.7 billion
Agency: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
Remarks: S&P revised its rating outlook to positive from stable and affirmed its AA- rating on various issuers' debt issued for Mayo Clinic. At the same time, S&P affirmed its various other ratings on numerous bonds issued on behalf of Mayo Clinic. Offsetting credit factors include liquidity levels that are still below similarly rated organizations. S&P also considers Mayo Clinic's asset allocation aggressive, with approximately 50% of Mayo's long-term fund in alternative assets. S&P also cites its potential exposure to future Medicare and Medicare physician reimbursement reductions.
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