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AHA Rural Chair: Reimbursement Top Challenge

John Commins

In an interview, the new chair of the American Hospital Association's Section for Small or Rural Hospitals speaks forcefully about the relevance of rural hospitals, and the need to address reimbursement cuts. >>>


Editor's Picks

HIPAA Final Rule Raises Fines for Non-Compliance

The so-called "mega" privacy rule is not enforceable until September, but hospital and health system executives should begin reviewing current policies now to identify changes necessary for compliance, observers say. >>>

Is Concierge Medicine Finally Ready for Takeoff?

A fear of major reimbursement cuts and other factors are building toward a "crescendo" of physician interest in direct pay medicine, suggests a report conducted for The Physicians Foundation. >>>

How Group Purchasing Can Boost Practice Revenue

Capital equipment savings can be up to 50% through a group purchasing organization, but many physician practices do not realize they are eligible to participate in this powerful force for cutting costs. >>>

Groups Urge Feds to Issue Physician Payments Final Rule

The overdue final version of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act outlines reporting requirements on all grants, fees, and reimbursements provided to physicians and teaching hospitals by manufacturers of medical devices and prescription drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid. >>>

Don't Let DNFB Cripple Hospital Cash Flow

Accounts marked 'discharged not final billed' can hobble a healthcare provider's opportunities to manage cash and earn interest, but CEOs and CFOs who know what to look for can stop it before it happens. >>>

Medical Error 'Second Victims' Get Some Help, Finally

Patients are the obvious first victims of medical mistakes, but doctors, nurses, and other clinicians are often the second victims, who must grapple with the emotional distress of errors and bad outcomes. >>>

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News Headlines

Moody's keeps negative outlook for non-profit hospitals

Reuters, January 23, 2013

Many seek acute care within month of hospital release

Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2013

TX lawmakers considering hospital tax

WOAI News, January 23, 2013

AZ to tax hospitals to pay for Medicaid

ABC News / Associated Press, January 22, 2013

Opinion: Patients lose when hospitals take over docs

Orlando Sentinel, January 22, 2013

HHS releases HIPAA final rule

Government Health IT, January 18, 2013

Insurers may prove choosy with overhaul exchanges

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Associated Press, January 18, 2013

Hospital 'bed tax' clears GA senate

Atlanta Business Chronicle, January 18, 2013

Justice Department OKs gainsharing for NY hospital group

Thomson Reuters, January 17, 2013

Jackson Health asks for HCA trauma center to close

The Miami Herald, January 17, 2013

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HealthLeaders Live: Cost Containment Lessons from Heartland Health

Date: March 19, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

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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