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Benchmarking Call Coverage for a Better Bottom Line
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Compensation for call coverage is an irksome topic for financial leaders because for years it was an unpaid expectation placed on physicians, but today doctors want to be paid, and increasingly, hospitals are doing so. [Read More]

  July 18, 2011

Editor's Picks
How to Achieve Physician Practice Integration
Thanks to a host of factors, hospitals now have the upper hand in physician practice acquisition. The real work is not in negotiating the deals, but in ensuring accountability, quality, and productivity at a time when excellent performance on those measures is financially rewarded. [Read More]
Spine Studies Fuel Millions in Revenue, and Controversy
Reports in the The Spine Journal last month set off an uproar within the orthopedic physician community and debate over alleged conflicts of interest in scientific studies by drug and medical device makers. [Read More]
Healthcare M&A Activity Hits Record Pace
The volume of mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry surged in the second quarter of 2011, setting a pace to break all previous records in the sector as measured by dollars, according to a report by Irving Levin Associates. [Read More]
New Intelligence Report: ICD-10 Puts Revenue at Risk
46% of healthcare leaders anticipate revenue loss from ICD-10 implementation, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Read More]
Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language
Date: July 27, 2011
What: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community.
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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast. Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health—first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.
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Finance Forum
3 Hospital Cost Saving Strategies
Here are examples of how to increase efficiency and reduce expenses without sacrificing performance and morale in hospitals.

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Finance Headlines
Health spending may be leveling off
National Journal, July 18, 2011
Opinion: Will new regulators slow progress on hospital costs?
The Baltimore Sun, July 18, 2011
Healthcare M&A Activity Hits Record Pace
HealthLeaders Media, July 18, 2011
Raising Medicare costs may be gaining traction
The Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2011
Healthcare Nonprofits Post Strong ROI in 2010
HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2011
Sebelius: IPAB Will Not Shift Costs or Ration Care
HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2011
Rationing care or controlling costs? Medicare board takes heat on the Hill
PBS News Hour, July 14, 2011
Tacoma-based MultiCare to lay off up to 350 employees
The News Tribune, July 14, 2011
Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
July 20, 2011
Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language
July 27, 2011
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
August 16, 2011
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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.
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ACOs vs. Provider/Health Plan Partnerships
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