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What the Debt Ceiling Crisis Means to Healthcare
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

It's no secret that the debt ceiling crisis is worrisome for healthcare. In blunt terms, Medicare reimbursements to physicians and hospitals stand to be eviscerated. [Read More]

  August 15, 2011

Editor's Picks
Physicians Forecast Hot Winter on Capitol Hill
Record-breaking heat has baked parts of the nation this summer, but come winter, legislative corridors will still be sizzling. This time the heat will come from intense lobbying over how physicians are paid. [Read More]
5 Reasons Nurses Want to Leave Your Hospital
Your nurses have one eye on the door if your hospital or health system does one of five things. And, although economic woes abound, nurses are planning their exit strategies and will make a move when things improve. [Read More]
Healthcare Job Growth: What Lies Ahead?
In recent weeks there have been dizzying developments that will have an impact on job growth in the healthcare sector. Healthcare job growth continues to be steady and strong, and one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim economy. [Read More]
Q&A: Grady Memorial Hospital's New CEO, John Haupert
Hours after his board confirmation as Grady Memorial's next CEO, John Haupert spoke with HealthLeaders about the challenges of heading a hospital that less than three years ago was mired deeply in debt and political strife. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: The New Patient Experience Imperative
22% of healthcare leaders say lack of cultural fit or employee buy-in is their organization's biggest patient experience stumbling block, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Register Today]
Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.
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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
HHS Unveils Proposed HIX Rules
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2011
Individual Mandate Unconstitutional, 11th Circuit Appeals Court Rules
HealthLeaders Media, August 12, 2011
Nonprofit helps uninsured stay healthy—and avoid using ERs
Orlando Sentinel, August 12, 2011
Doctors Sue HHS, CMS Over 'Secretive' Payment Committee
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2011
Health spending more complex than Medicare shows
Reuters Health, August 10, 2011
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
August 16, 2011
Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality
September 15, 2011
Rounds: Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates
September 16, 2011
Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
September 22, 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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