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Financial Leaders On a Double-Dip Recession
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

At the inaugural CFO Exchange last week nearly 30 healthcare financial leaders from across the country gathered to discuss how they?re addressing the many healthcare challenges they face today. Their thoughts on the possibility of a double-dip recession? Less than optimistic. [Read More]

  September 19, 2011

Editor's Picks
CFO Exchange: Weighing Expenses Against Quality Mandates
Chief financial officers from across the country gathered at HealthLeaders Media?s inaugural CFO Exchange event Thursday to discuss their most pressing concerns -- expenses related to care coordination, value-based purchasing, and ICD-10 amidst quality mandates. [Read More]
Unhealthy Workers Bloat Hospital Budgets
Hospital workers are not only sicker than the general population, but they spend about 10% more on healthcare services. Leaders must find ways to incent workers to live healthier lives. And they'd better get going. They're playing catch-up. [Read More]
As 'Super Committee' Ponders Medicare Cuts, Actuaries Weigh In
Medicare has been on the express train to insolvency for years. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, now mulling a number of budget-slashing proposals, could accelerate the ride, affecting Medicare costs and access to quality care for beneficiaries. The solution, says the American Academy of Actuaries, lies in slowing the growth in overall healthcare spending. [Read More]
ASHHRA: Learn to Live with Lower Medicare Reimbursements
Hospitals and health systems that hope to survive in the era of healthcare reform will have to learn to live on less, says keynote speaker Ian Morrison at the Annual Convention & Exhibition of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration. [Read More]
CIED-Related Infections, Costs Rising
The use of cardiac implantable electronic devices is accompanied by an increase in device-related infections, especially for pacemakers. And the cost of treating those infections, length of stay, and mortality within 15 months of the procedure has been rising, researchers say. [Register Today]
Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in the current healthcare climate. Without it, future success will be impossible. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. In this 90-minute Webcast, learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.
[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
Doctors avoid penalties in lawsuits against medical firms alleging kickbacks, fraud
Pro Publica/The Washington Post, September 19, 2011
NJ hospitals? financial health at mercy of federal reforms
The Times, September 19, 2011
Opinion: The role of prices in healthcare spending
The New York Times, September 19, 2011
Healthcare Costs Accelerate Slightly
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2011
Pay for Caritas CEO rose $1M in ?09
The Boston Globe, September 16, 2011
Fake Doc Pleads Guilty in $1.2M Fraud Scheme
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2011
CMS Releases Medicaid RACs Final Rule
James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2011
As US poverty rates climb, so may health woes for the poor
Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2011
U.S. Census Finds 16.3% of Americans Uninsured
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2011
Telemonitoring saves money when combined with traditional care
InformationWeek, September 14, 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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