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Hospital M&A Boom's Top 3 Drivers

John Commins

Once you understand the forces driving the steady increase in the number of hospital mergers and acquisitions, there is no reason to think that the trend will reverse itself anytime soon. >>>


Editor's Picks

Not-for-Profit Hospitals Show Stability in a Challenging Market

Executives have done a good job stabilizing margins after the Great Recession but still face challenges from flat inpatient volumes, healthcare reform mandates, and lower reimbursements linked to government budget pressures, according to a report from Moody's Investors Service. >>>

CA Fines 14 Hospitals for Medical Errors

In the latest round of civil penalties issued for violations or deficiencies constituting an immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of a hospital patient, California hospitals are penalized for making errors that led to five deaths. >>>

How One Hospital Works to Win Over Patients

While Stony Brook University Medical Center in NY has won awards for clinical work, it is among many high-achieving clinical facilities trying to improve patient satisfaction and raise its HCAHPS scores. >>>

Damage from Healthcare Data Breaches Spreading

While the total number of healthcare data breaches dropped by a third between 2010 and 2011, the number of patients affected by having the privacy of their data compromised doubled to 10.8 million, a report says. >>>

HCA Coding Methods Invigorate Profits. This is Bad?

HCA got smart about how to better manage its emergency department and to better document the work its clinicians are doing on patients. On its face, what's wrong with that? >>>

HCA Probe Spotlights Cardiologists' 'Irresistible Temptation'

Accusations that thousands of patients underwent inappropriate heart procedures at HCA hospitals may be better explained by a phenomenon in which interventionalists see a vessel narrowing and are overcome with an urge to fix it, even if the patient won't benefit from the procedure. >>>

Supported Nurses Boost the Health of Healthcare

Most of what Google does to create the world's most satisfied and productive workforce costs nothing, and translates well to nursing. A study links supportive nursing environments with fewer medication errors, emphasizing how hospital managers could take a few tips from the search giant. >>>

Intelligence Report

Patient Experience and HCAHPS—Little Consensus on a Top Priority

While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, and Provena Health.

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News Headlines

Duke, LifePoint to pump $350M in Marquette General

Nashville Business Journal, September 5, 2012

Retirees may find fewer doctors in rural areas

The Columbus Dispatch / Associated Press, September 4, 2012

CEOs say health merger means lower cost, better care

Minnesota Public Radio, September 4, 2012

Oregon's largest CCO ready for launch

Portland Business Journal, September 4, 2012

Some late-day surgeries as safe as earlier ones

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, September 4, 2012

Hospitals weigh pros, cons of altering visiting hours

The Observer-Dispatch, September 4, 2012

HealthPartners, Park Nicollet plan to merge

Star Tribune, August 31, 2012

VA, DoD to expand health information exchanges

Federal Times, August 31, 2012

ME health system plan to take over hospital draws opposition

Bangor Daily News, August 31, 2012

New Orleans hospitals better prepared for Isaac after Katrina

Fox News, August 30, 2012

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