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4 Perspectives on What Financial Leaders Must Do Next

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Four perspectives from this year's Healthcare Financial Management Association annual conference—from a banker, a ratings expert, a U.S. Comptroller, and the HFMA chair—warn CFOs that there is no choice but to continue full speed ahead to achieve better care at a reduced cost. >>>


Editor's Picks

Medicaid Expansion Now in States' Hands

Hospital groups are weighing their options in states that are unwilling to expand their Medicaid programs under a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Healthcare leaders are also keeping a close eye on efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to encourage states to increase Medicaid coverage. >>>

Federal Proposals Would Limit Aggressive Hospital Collections Practices

New proposed federal legislation and regulations would limit aggressive hospital debt collection. One proposal would amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to include medical debt. Treasury regulations would set policies for patient financial assistance and emergency medical care for hospitals with tax-exempt status. >>>

Building a Top Cath Lab in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

The interventional cardiology program at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York handles almost 20,000 cases per year with very low complication and mortality rates. Critical to the program's success is a set of 10 protocols captured in a 150-page book. >>>

Q&A: A Payer CEO on the New Healthcare Market

Brad Wilson, president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, spoke with HealthLeaders Media a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court decision about the new healthcare insurance market, the stock market's response, and his company's plans. >>>

Hospital Leaders Ponder Impact of Political Uncertainty

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there remains uncertainty around healthcare reform. Yet leaders are forging ahead with the things they can count on: changing reimbursements and a need to lower costs. >>>

Healthcare Stakeholders May Balk at Full Repeal

Hospitals, health plans, and physician groups have invested too many resources in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to rally around a full repeal. Instead, they are likely to focus on tweaking aspects of the law, such as repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. >>>

Breakthroughs Report

The Promise of Healthcare Analytics

Healthcare is rich in data. 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

Healthcare law could vex IRS as it tries to enforce penalties

Star-Telegram, July 9, 2012

GA hospitals hoping for expansion of Medicaid

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 9, 2012

Hospital bills unpaid as Supreme Court shuns Medicaid expansion

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, July 9, 2012

4 IA hospital, clinic groups sign accountable care contracts

Des Moines Register, July 9, 2012

Opinion: Hospital CEO pay—The real issue is charity care

New Hampshire Union Leader, July 9, 2012

As US adopts healthcare fee, MA is in spotlight

The Boston Globe, July 6, 2012

Governing Boards Must Align Skills with Need

HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2012

Closing CA hospital a cold business calculation?

San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2012

Infection Control on a Shoestring Budget

HealthLeaders Media, July 3, 2012

Slideshow: Coordination a Hurdle to Building ACOs

HealthLeaders Media Staff, July 2, 2012

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Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
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