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Our Healthcare Future is Innovation: Climb Aboard
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Healthcare leaders lack a clear pathway for how to make healthcare outcomes and quality better, and to do so in a financially viable manner. The lack of a clear solution, or bundle of solutions, is felt acutely, but innovation may be the missing link. [Read More]

  May 23, 2011

Editor's Picks
ACO or Not, Fairview Builds Shared Savings into All Payer Contracts
No matter how much senior healthcare executives might discount the government's ideas and regulations surrounding accountable care organizations, the fact that care can be provided more efficiently and at less cost is undisputable. But that doesn't mean you have to follow a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-approved recipe to get there. For skeptics, there's Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis. Leaders at the system say based on quality metrics, it provides the highest quality care in the region. [Read More]
Surgical Survival Predictors May Be Next Big Quality Metric
What's next for value-based purchasing metrics, hospital transparency, and quality scoring? Hospitals get ready. By now, you're getting used to the idea that public scoring and pay-for-performance have arrived. The 33 process and outcome measures hospitals must perfect to earn up to 2% of their Medicare DRG payments—the first to take effect on July 1—are set for the next two years. [Read More]
CMS Listening, Trying with Adjustments to ACO Rules
Scores of well-respected health systems have complained that accountable care organization regulations are too stringent, too restrictive, and above all, too risky to consider for participation. That's because ACOs require substantial investment in capital and labor without a guarantee of a return on that investment. Even given the declining future of a fee-for-service reimbursement structure, CEOs have concluded that it's more predictable to stick with what you know, given the alternative, than to jump aboard the Medicare ACO train before it's really ready to leave the station. [Read More]
Breakthroughs: The Coordinated ED
Your emergency department is at the forefront of access and quality. Dynamic health systems are maximizing the efficiency, throughput, and patient experience of today's ED in a shrinking reimbursement environment. In this free report, leading hospital systems—Scripps Health, Grady Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance—share insights and lessons learned on maximizing the ED. [Read More]
Impact Analysis: Leaders Respond to CMS' Proposed ACO Regulations
The proposed regulations are indeed out, but what do they really mean to your organization and the industry? Get reactions from leaders at hospitals, health plans, and physician practices that are already well-versed in ACOs, including Monarch Healthcare, Alegent Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan /Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Geisinger Health System, Dean Health System, and Scripps Health. [Read More]
Webcast: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies: Beyond MSSP
Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Healthcare Equipment Acquisition in an Improving Economy
Equipment financing, particularly of information technology such as electronic medical records, is a key acquisition strategy. An expert explains how healthcare organizations can strategically leverage their equipment financing.

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Finance Headlines
Republicans suggest deal possible on healthcare
Reuters, May 23, 2011
CT hospitals confused, upset about tax
Stamford Advocate, May 23, 2011
Malpractice lawsuits in PA continue to decline
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 23, 2011
Bloomberg's prescription for NYC's uninsured
New York Post, May 23, 2011
First physicians in the nation get MU check
Healthcare IT News, May 20, 2011
Healthcare Costs Continue to Climb, but Rate Slows
HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2011
HHS Issues Insurance Rate Hike Final Reg
HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2011
5% of Hospital Costs Attributed to Maternal Care
HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2011
Employer Healthcare Costs Expected to Jump 8.5% in 2012
HealthLeaders Media, May 19, 2011
Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan
May 24, 2011
Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies: Beyond MSSP
June 7, 2011
Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care
June 9, 2011
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Rating: B
Outlook: Positive
Affected Debt: $160 million
Agency: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
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