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4 Unpleasant Predictions for 2012
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

HealthLeaders Media research sheds light on how financial leaders are responding to this year's challenges, and what problems are looming next. [Read More]

  October 17, 2011

Editor's Picks
AMA Cries for More Cash to Ensure Quality Care
The American Medical Association wants the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to start paying doctors extra for care coordination. The fact that many physicians don't currently coordinate care is just one indication of why our national healthcare bill is frighteningly large and rapidly growing larger. This isn't leadership, folks. [Read More]
$500M in Readmission Prevention Funds to Bypass Hospitals
Hospitals aren't very happy about the prospect of community-based organizations getting federal funds to coordinate post-discharge care in an effort to curb readmission rates. [Read More]
ACEP Fights State Medicaid Cuts in WA
In response to a state plan to cut $72 million in annual Medicaid spending, the Washington chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians has filed a request for an injunction and is proffering an alternative plan. [Read More]
3 Strategies of Financially Successful CAHs
Hospitals' financial viability is more important than ever, and when it comes to critical access hospitals, understanding the strategies that make them financially resilient and strong is crucial. [Read More]
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Finance Headlines
6 Ways to Drive Patient Volume, Revenue
Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2011
Sen. Grassley questions soaring salaries for CEOs of nonprofits
Des Moines Register, October 17, 2011
CA Blue Shield to return $283M in excess profits to policyholders
Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2011
AMA Ads Push for SGR Elimination
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2011
CMS Unveils 5-Star Medicare Advantage Plans
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2011
AMA Asks Medicare to Start Paying Doctors for Care Coordination
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 11, 2011
AHA Lobbies Congress for 'Shared Sacrifice'
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 11, 2011
Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes
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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home
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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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