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Hospitals Improve Collections with Patient-Friendly Loans

René Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

By offering zero-interest loans and generous terms to growing volumes of self-pay patients, some health systems are reinvigorating their cash flow. >>>


Editor's Picks

Not-for-Profit Hospitals Tighten Oversight as Revenues Fall

While healthcare executives have become more focused on expense management, a Moody's Investors Service analyst expects that not-for-profit hospitals will continue to endure a negative credit outlook for the near future because of challenges to top-line revenues. >>>

'Choose Wisely' to Shrink Healthcare Costs

It won't be easy, but healthcare leaders must work to engage patients, to persuade them to change their behaviors and expectations and to help them become advocates for their own health. >>>

Blue Cross Merger Decision Expected Soon in MT

The long road to approving a deal under which Health Care Service Corporation would purchase Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana is due, in part, to a state law which is meant to protect consumers if a nonprofit health plan converts to one that is for-profit. >>>

Lumbar Spine MRIs 'Frequently Inappropriate'

A study of requests for MRI scans of patients' lumbar spines finds that more than half of the medical imaging tests were "substantially" inappropriate or of uncertain value. >>>

9 in 10 Health Plans Still Tied to FFS Model

A study of data voluntarily submitted by commercial health plans to an independent, non-profit group working on behalf of large healthcare purchasers finds that only 11% of payments to providers are value-oriented. >>>

RAC Reform Movement Gains Some Traction

The American Hospital Association's recent win over the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a court fight over Recovery Audit Contractor penalties opens the door for a bigger strategic push to overhaul the RAC system. >>>

Better Blood Use, Better Outcomes

Limiting blood transfusions to cases where it is really needed can reduce patients' adverse events, cut lengths of stay, drop hospital costs by millions of dollars a year, and even prevent mortality. >>>

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Date: April 25, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Opinion: U.S. health care prices are the elephant in the room

The New York Times, April 1, 2013

Health care costs for older inmates skyrocket

Asbury Park Press, April 1, 2013

Hospitals question Medicare rules on readmissions

HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2013

Talk of Medicare changes could open way to budget pact

The New York Times, March 29, 2013

The costs of emergency room cost-cutting

The New York Times, March 29, 2013

Federal healthcare law could boost some California premiums by 30%

Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2013

How Fortune 500 companies plan to cut health costs

The Washington Post, March 28, 2013

NC lawmakers push bill to reveal hospital costs

News & Observer / Associated Press, March 28, 2013

21 graphs that show healthcare prices are ludicrous

The Washington Post, March 27, 2013

Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32 percent

News & Observer / Associated Press, March 27, 2013

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