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To Be An ACO, Or Not To Be
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

The release of the proposed accountable care organization regulations is sparking questions, discussion, and public comments. The biggest questions may be the hardest to answer: Are the potential cost savings worth the effort to establish an ACO, and if so, is now the time to get started? [Read More]

  April 4, 2011

Editor's Picks
FTC, DOJ Open ACO Antitrust Guidelines to Public Comment
Some accountable care organizations could fall into designated antitrust "safety zones" while other ACOs could be eligible for expedited antitrust reviews under proposed rules issued by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. [Read More]
Top Community Hospitals Named
Thomson Reuters releases its list of top-performing hospitals the same week that Merritt Hawkins announces a pro bono search program to find a physician for a medically underserved area. Recruitment of doctors is getting tougher. A recent report by the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the national shortage of doctors will quadruple to 91,500 doctors by 2020. [Read More]
Management Gets the Union it Deserves
Maybe it's workers' anxiety and uncertainty associated with the struggling economy and the sweeping changes under healthcare reform. Maybe it's dissatisfaction with staffing ratios, hours, and wages. Or, maybe it's simply poor management by hospital leaders. Whatever the reason, healthcare labor unions continued to demonstrate remarkable success at organizing workers in 2010, just as they have for most of the last decade. [Read More]
Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care—accountable for quality, for value, for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot. [Read More]
Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders at St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. [Read More]
Finance Forum
5 Ways to Maximize Profitability in Contract Negotiations
When providers are armed with the right information and resources, they can turn the negotiations around to capture all revenue rightly owed to them by payer organizations. Modeling technology, training investments, and financial forecasting are make-or-break process points to consider.

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Finance Headlines
HDHPs Associated With 14% Decline in Health Spending
HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2011
Many don't take prescriptions because of cost
Reuters Health, March 31, 2011
Providers could earn incentives from multiple CMS programs
Government Health IT, March 31, 2011
Hospital Drug Shortages Reach 10-Year High, Cost Hospitals $200M Annually
HealthLeaders Media, March 30, 2011
Medicare Could Save $7.6B by Raising Eligibility Age to 67
HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2011
Miami Physician Sentenced 2 Years for Medicare Fraud
HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2011
Medicaid Skips Generic Drugs, Overspends by Millions
HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2011
Patient-Centered Accountable Care
April 27, 2011
Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
May 18, 2011
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Hospitals Waking Up to Sleep Centers
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Money Talk

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.
Audio Feature

Diana Petitti: Taking an Evidence-Based Approach to Public Health:
Diana Petitti is a strong proponent that the healthcare industry needs to constantly reevaluate its practices and treatments in light of new evidence. But changing the status quo is often easier said than done, she has learned firsthand. [Listen Now]
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