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If You Snooze on Sleep Centers, You'll Lose $$
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

The growing number of potential sleep center patients, combined with a low start-up cost, minimal operating expense, and high level of reimbursement, makes this service line something you shouldn?t sleep on. [Read More]

  August 29, 2011

Editor's Picks
CFOs' Leadership Role, Often Overlooked, Gets Some Sunshine
Chief financial officers are the linchpin behind an upcoming HealthLeaders Media conference launching next month. We're bringing 30 of the best and brightest healthcare CFOs together to an invitation-only retreat at Torrey Pines in Southern California to talk about the stresses and opportunities in today's rapidly changing healthcare business environment. [Read More]
Federal Jobs Program Targets Rural Physician Recruitment
More than 1,300 critical access hospitals across the country are expected to benefit from an expanded loan repayment program aimed at boosting physician recruitment. The expanded eligibility for the National Health Service Corps is part of President Obama's recently announced jobs initiative for rural America. [Read More]
Preview: Healthcare Benefits Changes Coming to Open Enrollment
Open enrollment season for healthcare insurance is just a couple of months away and with an eye toward cost control and healthcare reform requirements, employers are preparing to make changes to their healthcare benefits packages. Look for more consumer-directed healthcare, more incentives for prevention and wellness, and across-the-board increases in deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, and copayments for patient care and prescription drugs. [Read More]
Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality
Date: September 15, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Learn how host Bon Secours Richmond Health System and invited guest Geisinger Health System maximize downstream revenue in their women's health services, as well as opportunities for integration, quality and customer loyalty.
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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes
Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process.
[Register Today]
Finance Forum
Healthcare's Cottage Supply Chain Needs a Makeover
We should be learning from and implementing best practices that have been realized in other industries to drive supply chain improvements that can provide the best patient outcomes at the best cost, an expert says.

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Finance Headlines
Cleveland MetroHealth System misses budget projections, on track to lose $1.1M
The Plain Dealer, August 29, 2011
Medicaid privatization firm selection challenged again
The Times-Picayune, August 24, 2011
Hospitals seek more ER patients even as Medicaid tries to lessen demand
The Washington Post, August 23, 2011
Price List Could Be A Radical Medical Tool
WBUR, August 23, 2011
Opinion: What?s charitable care?
Chicago Tribune, August 22, 2011
Private Equity Interest In Nonprofit Hospitals Growing
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2011
Cuts in healthcare may undermine role in labor market
The New York Times, August 18, 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
Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes
October 26, 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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How 'Carve-Outs' Help Health Plans Reduce Costs, Improve Outcomes
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