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In Financial Forecasting, Time to Plan for the Worst
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

Patient volumes are dropping off at some hospitals, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are flattening, and healthcare CFOs are scratching their heads over financial forecasts. A stagnant economy calls for worst-case scenario planning. [Read More]

  October 10, 2011

Editor's Picks
Lawmaker Letter to 'Super Committee' Makes Case for SGR Repeal
Congressional support to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) program is growing, as 114 members of Congress signed a bipartisan letter to the deficit super committee asking it to repeal the unpopular Medicare physician payment system. [Read More]
Advance Directives Curb Hospital Costs In High-Spending Regions
In the last six months of life, patients who lacked treatment-limiting advance directives and lived in areas with the nation's highest healthcare costs generated $5,585 more in Medicare expenditures than patients with prepared documents, researchers find. [Read More]
The Essential Work of Defining Essential Healthcare Benefits
The independent Institute of Medicine will soon release its report on which medical services should be deemed essential benefits, as required by the ACA. This work is fundamental to the future state of healthcare in America. But the IOM has tackled a seemingly impossible task. [Read More]
Behind the Push to Invest in Hospitals
Why are so many players pushing their cash into inpatient care through hospital and health system purchases? Many forces are pushing hospitals to consolidate—and predictions overall are that healthcare will become more efficient and more patient-friendly because, if nothing else, their very survival depends on it. [Read More]
*NEW* Industry Survey 2012
Take the 2012 Industry Survey now, and enter to win a free iPad! Yes, it's time for our annual state of the industry survey—in 10 minutes or less, share your insight and help define industry trends. And maybe walk away with a free iPad. [Read More]
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Finance Headlines
Recession Officially Over, U.S. Incomes Kept Falling
New York Times, October 9, 2011
IOM Details Essential Health Benefits, Emphasizes Cost
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2011
MedPAC Votes to Kill SGR
Margaret Dick Tocknell and John Commins, October 7, 2011
BCBSA Says It Can Help U.S. Save $319B by 2021
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2011
ICD-10?s ten-year reign of fear
Government Health IT, October 4, 2011
Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes
October 26, 2011
Webcast: Achieving Alignment on Strategic Marketing Initiatives
November 8, 2011
Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home
November 11, 2011
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Rating: B
Outlook: Positive
Affected Debt: $160 million
Agency: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
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