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Getting Hospitalist Compensation Right
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

There's little doubt that hospital medicine physicians offer welcome relief for internists interested in staying in their offices. Determining how to compensate them appropriately hinges on creating compensation structures that factor in more than just a dollar figure, says one expert. [Read More]

  February 7, 2011

Editor's Picks
Cath Lab Expansions Reconsidered
Research published in an issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, predicts that the cost of treating heart disease in the United States will triple over the next two decades as a result of population changes in age and race. Eyeing a growing wave of patients with occluded arteries, heart attacks, and congestive heart failure, many hospitals seek to extend their cardiac service lines. [Read More]
Gawande on Checklists: Why Don't Hospitals Use Them?
Brigham and Women's Hospital surgeon Atul Gawande, MD, is on the road talking up one of his favorite topics: Checklists. He recently spoke about how the 19-point system he and others developed can reduce surgical deaths, complications, surgical site infections, and unplanned reoperations. [Read More]
Fast-service guarantee works for Texas hospitals
Marketing campaigns that promise "satisfaction guaranteed or your money back" are risky, but often effective. Now, a group of specialty hospitals in Texas is using a similar program to promote emergency care. Emerus Hospital Partners, a five-hospital network with facilities in the Houston and Dallas areas, has a program that guarantees free care for emergency department patients if they don't see a doctor within 15 minutes. The clock starts ticking as soon as patients complete their paperwork to check in. [Read More]
Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Join us on February 15 live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital for HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes. In this extended webcast, share the lessons from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. This extended webcast includes a roundtable discussion—including interactive Q&A—with successful strategies from top executives [Read More]
Finance Forum
Healthcare Reform Technology Tips for Payers, Providers
The healthcare market is aimed at lowering costs through improved care and outcomes. To accomplish this, an electronic, interoperable, integrated delivery system is necessary in order to achieve optimal performance.

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Finance Headlines
Health-related money flows to Congress
The Washington Post, February 7, 2011
Symposium spotlights value in healthcare
The Boston Globe, February 7, 2011
Top-Spending Hospitals Save More Lives After Heart Attack
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HHS looking to help states cut Medicaid costs
Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2011
Leadership Priorities for Healthcare Reform Survival
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Rating: B
Outlook: Positive
Affected Debt: $160 million
Agency: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
Remarks: Physician outsourcing provider Sheridan Healthcare Inc. will be using funds from a proposed $160 million incremental term loan B to fund acquisitions. S&P affirmed a B corporate credit and existing issue-level ratings. The outlook was revised to positive from stable, reflecting the company's more disciplined financial policy.
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