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Don't Let Physician Practice Acquisition Derail Your Back Office
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

In the haste to reach for success, many organizations fail to look at the practical consequences of an acquisition. Here's how one healthcare system met the challenges of administering back office processes jolted by sudden growth. [Read More]

  February 21, 2011

Editor's Picks
CMS Proposes PPC Medicaid Payment Reductions
Provider-preventable conditions would receive a payment reduction under Medicaid, similar to the treatment of hospital-acquired conditions by the Medicare program, under a proposed rule posted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [Read More]
Federal Budget Pleases Doctors, Not Hospitals
The major trade groups for healthcare providers offered a decidedly mixed reaction to President Barack Obama's Fiscal 2012 budget proposal, with doctors praising the plan and hospitals panning it. [Read More]
Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction
The HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2011 is out—and there are a slew of interesting findings. Learn what your peers think of health reform and more. Most CFOs are seeing their cash-on-hand improve since last year, but 22% expecting it to worsen in the coming year (an increase of 4% from last year). You can also check out what the rest of the C-Suite thinks about the direction of healthcare. [Read More]
Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Private Equity's Interest in Non-Profit Hospitals: What's Next?
Recent news suggests a growing trend of acquisitions of charitable hospitals by private-equity firms. While some concerns may linger over the possible negative affect from these deals, the business models that are created to meet requirements overseen by the States' Attorneys General in connection with such sales should alleviate these concerns, experts say.

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Finance Headlines
S&P: US Healthcare Costs Up 6% in 2010, But Growth Slowing
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Medicare Fraud Strike Force Nabs 111 in 9 Cities
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HIE Innovators to Split $241M HHS Grant
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MA Gov. proposes health fee overhaul
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4 states get waivers to carry out health law
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HHS says AZ doesn't need federal approval for huge Medicaid cuts
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20 Charged in $200M Medicare Scam
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Las Vegas medical center fights Allstate Insurance lawsuit
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Who's Up and Who's Down?

Sheridan Healthcare, Sunrise, FL
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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