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ICD-10 Jangles Financial Leaders' Nerves
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Nearly half of all financial leaders surveyed by HealthLeaders Media anticipate a revenue loss of some kind from ICD-10. Even more salient: They anticipate losing margin over the next few years. [Read More]

  July 25, 2011

Editor's Picks
AAFP Calls For Revisions to RVU Formula
The relative value unit formula, which determines physicians' pay, is based on work, practice expenses, and malpractice costs. The American Academy of Family Physicians wants 'cognitive value' to be a consideration. [Read More]
Understanding Bundled Payments
The alignment of incentives in bundled payments provides an opportunity to encourage and reward providers for working collaboratively to put the patient first and deliver the highest-quality, most cost-effective care. [Read More]
Rural Health Funding Gets Boost via Provider Partnerships
If the road to economic viability, meaningful use, and accountable care organizations is a rocky one for most healthcare facilities, it's perhaps even bumpier for rural ones. That's why the Colorado Rural Health Center has created the "Partnership Program," which will allow larger organizations to invest in a fund that will be used to provide free support services to small, rural health facilities. [Read More]
Nurse Educators Plot Retention Strategies
In-depth education and professional development is vital to nurse retention and patient care, leaders said at the National Nursing Staff Development Organization in Chicago. Retention will require evidence-based evaluations of education departments, patient outcomes, and efficiencies from new technology. [Read More]
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
12 Benefits of Leasing Equipment
For many medical practices and healthcare networks, equipment leasing is a viable option for obtaining the equipment required to provide leading patient care while conserving cash. The decision to lease comes with at least a dozen favorable consequences related to taxes, cash forecasting, and flexibility of terms.

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Finance Headlines
Soaring costs led to proposed partnerships for PA hospitals
The Times-Tribune, July 25, 2011
Health system explores affiliation with new partner
Petoskey News, July 25, 2011
Saints Medical Center agrees to $98M acquisition by Steward
Lowell Sun, July 15, 2011
Olympic Medical Center (WA) chief urges cuts of employee benefits
Peninsula Daily News, July 15, 2011
Former Cleveland MetroHealth CFO still receiving salary
The Plain Dealer, July 22, 2011
'Hospital within a hospital' solution may ease merger concerns
WFPL Louisville, July 22, 2011
Healthcare Cost Growth Up Slightly
HealthLeaders Media, July 22, 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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