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More Medicare Reform, More Struggling Hospitals
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

With Medicare and Medicaid already caught in the cross hairs of the debt ceiling crisis, President Obama's American Jobs Act has the potential to force an even swifter consolidation of the industry and even to put some hospitals out of business. [Read More]

  September 12, 2011

Editor's Picks
How an In-House Consulting Team Saved $3 Million in 9 Months
The leader of a carefully selected strategic services team which serves as a consulting group to clinical and administrative teams at a California healthcare system, says she is "blown away" by the team's results. [Read More]
CMS Compromise Gives Parkland Reprieve
Parkland Memorial Hospital has agreed to bring in an outside consultant to craft a plan of improvement for the Dallas hospital, in hopes of protecting its $417 million in funding from Medicare and Medicaid. [Read More]
Tech That Powers Quality Standards
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is among the first to put hard numbers on the benefits of electronic health records. One result: Nearly 51% of patients in EHR practices received care that met all four quality standards, compared to just 7% of patients at paper-based practices. [Read More]
Breakthroughs: The High-Performing Surgical Program
Given a reimbursement model based on outcomes, not volume, only those surgical services that can deliver state-of the-art care, value, and an outstanding patient experience will survive. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—St. Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Bassett Healthcare—share lessons learned about new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy. [Read More]
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
Differences in doctors? compensation in the spotlight
The Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2011
HCA/HealthONE?s deal doesn?t need top scrutiny, CO AG rules
The Denver Post, September 9, 2011
Doctor fees major factor in health costs, study says
The New York Times, September 8, 2011
Dollars for docs: How drug industry money reaches doctors
Pro Publica, September 8, 2011
Healthcare industry has contributed generously to debt panel
The Washington Post/Associated Press, September 8, 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.
Audio Feature

How 'Carve-Outs' Help Health Plans Reduce Costs, Improve Outcomes
Chris Stidman, senior vice president network solutions for OptumHealth discusses the business of carve-outs, medical services separated from a general medical insurance policy and contracted to a specialty insurance vendor. [Listen Now] [Sponsored by Emdeon]
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