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Can the Medical Home Survive Long-Term?
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Pilot participants praise the patient-centered approach and its impact on care and outcomes, but fundamental reimbursement issues remain a challenge. [Read More]

  August 8, 2011

Editor's Picks
CMS Scales Back on Payment Cuts
The final rule change for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System means $1.13 billion more for hospitals in FY 2012. [Read More]
Surgeon Cuts Out Third-Party Payers
Frustrated by bureaucracy and reimbursement rates, this Las Vegas physician decided to no longer accept patients with insurance. He now works less and makes more money. [Read More]
Physicians Gain In Weight Loss Clinics
William Urquhart, MD, delivered hundreds of babies in three decades as an obstetrician and gynecologist. A few years ago, he said bye-bye to the babies, and now he's counting calories for patients. As the obesity epidemic balloons, physicians like Urquhart are reducing their regular practices, or leaving them altogether, to open money-making weight loss clinics. [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]
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
About: 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
Driscoll Children's Hospital dodges deep funding cuts
Corpus Christi Caller Times, August 2, 2011
Small Hospitals Can't Afford to Skimp on Tech
HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2011
Cost of Medicare's Part D drug plan is dropping
Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2011
Rural AZ hospital prepares for future cuts
NPR, August 3, 2011
Big jumps in insurance premiums will get new scrutiny
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 8, 2011
NH hospitals don't regret growth, even in the face of cuts
Nashua Telegraph, August 8, 2011
Pediatric Residency Funding At Risk
HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2011
States Strengthen Insurance Hike Oversight
HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2011
Debt deal raises pressure on Medicare providers
HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2011
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
August 16, 2011
Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality
September 15, 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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