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Not Worried About the Fiscal Cliff? You Should Be

Philip Betbeze

If Congress cannot agree on a budget deal, hospitals face a 2% cut in Medicare reimbursements—equal to the margin at many organizations. Time for healthcare executives to start contingency planning now. >>>


Editor's Picks

80,000 Surgical 'Never Events' Charted Over 20 Years

A new Johns Hopkins study counts 80,000 "never event" surgical episodes, such as wrong sites and wrong procedures, resulting in $1.3 billion in hospital payouts in 1990-2010. The study leader believes the true number is higher. >>>

How $7.7B Baylor, Scott & White Deal Might Affect Healthcare Costs

While the proposed merger improves the unified system's economies of scale, efficiencies, market share, and negotiating clout with payers, there are questions about whether the accelerating trend of hospital consolidations such as this is escalating healthcare costs for consumers. >>>

SGR Dangles Over Fiscal Cliff

Elimination of the sustainable growth rate formula is a negotiating point in Washington, but its potential demise would not fully resolve physicians' fiscal problems. The government must also confront funding gaps that affect healthcare providers. >>>

CFOs' Top 3 Lessons of 2012

A year's worth of research, interviews, and discussions with chief financial officers of hospitals and health systems yields lessons about the impact of healthcare reform on physician payments, sustainable cuts, and new paths toward growth. >>>

Hospital Care '3,000 Times Less Safe Than Air Travel,' Says TJC Chief

Mark Chassin, president of The Joint Commission, urges hospital quality chiefs to work harder to move their systems toward recognizing and reporting process problems before they cause harm. >>>

States Lean on Feds for Health Insurance Exchanges

As of the deadline Friday, 25 states have decided to let the federal government set up and run their exchanges and 18 states and the District of Columbia have said they will run their own. >>>

In Defense of Hospital Ad Spending

Media criticism of healthcare dollars spent on marketing and advertising is abundant, but leaders know that it's difficult to care for a community if people don't know who you are, what you stand for, and the services you provide. >>>


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News Headlines

Next challenge for the health law: Getting the public to buy in

The New York Times, December 21, 2012

FL agency says healthcare to cost billions more

Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Associated Press, December 21, 2012

Infirmary Health sells emergency med practice to outsourcer / Alabama Live, December 21, 2012

ME hospitals push to get $484M in overdue MaineCare payments

Morning Sentinel / Maine Today, December 20, 2012

St. Peter officials accuse Mayo of deliberately limiting patients' right to choose

St. Peter Herald, December 20, 2012

Hospitals fear they'll bear brunt of Medicare cuts

The New York Times, December 19, 2012

Aetna CEO Bertolini: Get ready for 'rate shock'

Forbes, December 19, 2012

Hospital systems to form their own insurance company

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 19, 2012

Parkland hospital failed to pay fine; now it may owe more

The Dallas Morning News, December 18, 2012

Can HMA make good on promises to Bayfront and St. Pete?

Tampa Bay Times, December 18, 2012

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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>


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