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Healthcare Business Survival Depends on Managing Uncertainty

Philip Betbeze

The concept of managed uncertainty is not new to most industries, but healthcare's current business model requires big capital bets in a regulated revenue environment that's very short-term focused. Uncertainty plays havoc. It's time to plot how you'll respond to various scenarios. >>>


Editor's Picks

10 Tips and 32 Strategies for Healthcare CEOs

Aiming to shrink waste and share accumulated knowledge, an all-star cast of hospital chiefs, in a report posted on the Institue of Medicine website, gives pointers on how to keep hospitals and healthcare systems alive. >>>

Healthcare Cost Growth Acceleration Continues

While the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased more than 6% in one year, it's "nearly impossible to tell" if healthcare reform legislation has been a factor, says the chairman of the Index Committee at Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices. >>>

AHIP: Private Insurance Exchanges Will Prevail Regardless of SCOTUS Ruling

No matter what action the Supreme Court takes on the matter of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, private health insurance exchanges are likely to thrive, say speakers at the annual conference for America’s Health Insurance Plans. >>>

Wendell Potter: Health Insurance Industry Lacks Unified Opinion on Reform

In an interview with HealthLeaders, the former health insurance industry whistleblower and now analyst assesses the industry's divided stance in advance of the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>

Rounds Preview: Excelling in Cardiac Care

The interventional cardiology program at The Mount Sinai Hospital consistently ranks as a top—if not the top—program in New York City in terms of volume and lowest complications. We look at how leadership and teaching, adherence to a strict set of protocols, and communication all form the basis of the program's success in the city's fiercely competitive heart market. >>>

NEW: Breakthroughs Report

Breakthroughs: The Promise of Healthcare Analytics

Healthcare is rich in data. Regulators, researchers, and managers collect multitudes of clinical indicators on patients, procedures, physicians, staff, facilities, and equipment. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned. >>>

News Headlines

Can a Doctor's Smartphone App Thwart Lawsuits?

HealthLeaders Media, June 21, 2012

US attorney, FBI join probe into hospital hepatitis C outbreak as lawsuits emerge

Bangor Daily News, June 22, 2012

AZ hospital abruptly closes

Florence Reminder and Blade-Tribune, June 22, 2012

Ghost patients: Hospitals hold off admitting Medicare patients

ABC Action News, June 22, 2012

Hospitals find a few defenders on Wall Street

MSN Money, June 21, 2012

Healthcare reform: 4 companies leading change

Forbes, June 21, 2012

CA hospitals collect duplicate payments for spinal surgeries

KGO-TV / California Watch, June 20, 2012

At NY's Wyckoff Hospital, ex-chairman breaks neck

The New York Times, June 20, 2012

Life after healthcare ruling

The New York Times, June 19, 2012

CEO expresses concern over future of NH's Exeter Hospital

Portsmouth Herald, June 19, 2012

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LIVE Webcast: Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Learn readmissions approaches that work from speakers at leading healthcare systems. You'll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients. >>>

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Shaping Sustainable Cost Control

Successfully shifting from tactical to strategic expense reduction has become a healthcare industry imperative. >>>


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