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Will Your Merger Pass the Smell Test?

Philip Betbeze

Bigger may be better, but as consolidation in the hospital industry continues at a rapid pace, take the time to make sure yours will avoid federal scrutiny, because big dollars are at stake. >>>


Editor's Picks

CMS Cuts Red Tape, Providers to Save $5B

The new Medicare rules' greatest savings will come from provisions that broaden the definition of a hospital's medical staff in a way that allows hospitals to grant privileges to both physicians and non-physicians, even if they're not on staff. >>>

Proposed MU Rules Draw Strong Reaction

While healthcare providers find plenty they'd like to change within the Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposed rules, a 68-page letter from the American Hospital Association is generating the ire of patient and consumer advocate groups. >>>

Hospital Plastic Surgery Business Grows

Hospitals offering a wide range of plastic surgery procedures for both medical and cosmetic purposes are seeing increased patient load. Some hospitals develop a separate plastic surgery service line, while others keep it within other service lines such as oncology. Success for hospitals revolves around awareness, coordination, and rhinoplasty. >>>

Health Plans Don't Always Play Hardball with Providers

Evidence suggests that some hospitals without must-have market power can get reasonably decent rates when health insurers are trying to maintain hospital competition in the market, a study shows. >>>

Physician Referral Programs Hold Revenue Potential and Pitfalls

Hospital-physician partnerships don't guarantee that referrals will follow. A successful physician referral program requires a concerted, coordinated approach—and attention to costly self-referral violations. >>>


Webcast: Boost Physician Referrals, Build Your Bottom Line

Date: May 15, 2012
About: Successful physician referral programs are strategic, data-driven, and coordinated with an organization’s overall physician engagement plan. Join us for a 90-minute, customized webcast with a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>

News Headlines

PA Hospital CEO Breached Fiduciary Duty, Suit Alleges

HealthLeaders Media, May 11, 2012

Doctors train to take on healthcare transformation at new leadership institute

Bangor Daily News, May 11, 2012

Unintended consequence for dialysis patients as drug rule changes

The New York Times, May 11, 2012

Hospitals Turn Up the Heat on Outpatient Centers

HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2012

High-cost Medicare hospitals identified

The News Tribune, May 10, 2012

Recalculating the health bill in McAllen, TX

NPR, May 11, 2012

18 hospital execs in CT earn more than $1M

Hartford Courant, May 10, 2012

In NC, hospital suitors have many partners

Smithfield Herald, May 9, 2012

No more 'pill-now, pay-later' at Utah hospitals

The Salt Lake Tribune, May 9, 2012

Bigger hospitals drive cost increases

Politico, May 8, 2012

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Rounds: Building ACO Foundations—Lessons From Kaiser Permanente's Integrated Delivery Model

Date: May 30, 2012
About: Join HealthLeaders Media and host Kaiser Permanente for a live and simulcast three-hour leadership event on how to use the foundations of team medicine, population health management, and actionable data to create your own vision of integration. Access our FREE event case study now, then register for the exclusive companion event. >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

Physicians, Hospital Executives Get Collaborative

Relationships between physicians and executive leadership have never been smooth, but they've never been more important. Now legislative and contractual changes are forcing both parties to reconsider how they work together. >>>


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Hospitals Scrutinize ACOs

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