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Reduce Your Chronic Care Community and Chronic Costs
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Chronic care costs will be a drain to the bottom line when pay-for-performance and new readmission rate standards take hold. Financial leaders can guide their organizations toward investing in programs that address the roots of chronic health problems. [Read More]

  October 3, 2011

Editor's Picks
Why Nonprofits Must Prepare Now for Closer IRS Scrutiny
We spend a lot of time and effort trying to educate ourselves, and you, about the realities of healthcare reform. In many cases, the bottom line seems to be that your bottom line is poised to get ever tighter in the coming few years. [Read More]
PA Hospitals Call on Super Committee to Examine ASCs
A group of acute care hospitals in Pennsylvania wants Congress to examine ambulatory surgery centers as a target for reimbursement cuts or other revenue measures. [Read More]
Why Physicians Must Be Involved in Joint Replacement Strategies
The demand to fix problem knees and other joints continues to grow. But reduced federal reimbursement rates, projected physician shortages, and increased expenses for implants mean physicians must play key roles in both clinical work and in evaluating value associated with these surgeries. [Read More]
Prevent Readmissions with Nurse Intervention
Changing reimbursement incentives are forcing hospitals to focus on preventing readmissions. Yet hospitals are stymied when patients fail to take their medications. Adding a home visit from a nurse soon after discharge may provide a beneficial and cost-effective option to keep the most complex patients out of the hospital. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment: The Collaborative Care Disconnect
Four of five of leaders say physicians' support of collaborative care is mixed or unsure, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [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.
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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
Supreme Court to hear case on Medicaid rates
The Hill, October 3, 2011
NY's Medicaid benefits costliest in US
The Journal News/, October 3, 2011
10 IT initiatives your hospital should undertake in 2012
Healthcare IT News, September 29, 2011
HHS Introduces Coordinated Care Pilot for PCPs
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2011
Debt panel eyes dual Medicare/Medicaid patients
Reuters, September 28, 2011
Stuck in bed, at hospital's expense
The New York Times, October 3, 2011
Medicaid stand-in rebuffed by feds
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, October 3, 2011
Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes
October 26, 2011
Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home
November 11, 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
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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