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How to Break Even on Medicare Reimbursements
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Medicare is rarely where hospitals and health systems expect to make money, but it is possible to break even, if you follow these expert tips. [Read More]

  February 28, 2011

Editor's Picks
CFOs say Cost Cutting Still Top Priority for 2011
Finance leaders are shuffling their hospital or health system's top priorities and nearly 60% feel the financial position of their organization is being weakened by healthcare reform, according to the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. Still, only 14% project a negative fiscal performance in 2011. [Read More]
Physician Recruiting a Lesser Priority Among Hospital Execs
Maybe hospital executives have too much on their plates already. There may be too many pressing issues to contemplate—such as understanding the impact of the dizzyingly complicated healthcare reforms, installing electronic medical records, or even keeping the doors open and the lights on. Whatever the reasons, the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey found that over the past year, recruiting and retaining physicians dropped from the No. 2 "top priority" to No. 7. Did something happen in the last 12 months that relieved the nation's chronic physician shortage? [Read More]
HIMSS 2011: Exchange is in the Air
Healthcare reform, meaningful use, interoperability, privacy, and security are hot topics among attendees at the recent annual CHIME and HIMSS conferences in Orlando. But this year there seems to be an increased emphasis on secure and accurate exchange of healthcare data—whether among members of local or regional cooperatives, private for- and non-profit exchanges, state-run HIEs, or individual systems that just want the hospitals, clinics, specialists, and primary care physicians in their networks to do a better job of communicating electronically. [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 effects 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
HCA eyes $4.3B offering
The Financial Times, February 25, 2011
Medicare's Three-Day Payment Window, Demystified
HealthLeaders Media, February 25, 2011
HCA public offering may earn Frist family $15M
The Tennessean, February 23, 2011
Steward Mulls $1.1B Jackson Health Takeover
HealthLeaders Media, February 22, 2011
Sanford Health Inks Deal With Minnesota's NCHS
HealthLeaders Media, February 28, 2011
MGH to Pay $1M to Settle 'Potential' HIPAA Violation
HealthLeaders Media, February 24, 2011
HHS Issues Civil Money Penalty for Privacy Rule Violations
HealthLeaders Media, February 23, 2011
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Rating: B
Outlook: Positive
Affected Debt: $160 million
Agency: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
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