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Pension Plans Spell Trouble for Nonprofit Hospitals

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Hospitals are poised to take "an enormous hit" because low discount rates are making it difficult for nonprofit hospitals to fund their defined benefit pension plans. The solution lies in shifting risk onto employees by swapping 401(k) plans for pension plans. >>>


Editor's Picks

Diagnostic Errors Common, Costly, and Harmful

Wrong site surgeries and medication mishaps get more attention, but diagnostic errors are a larger, deadlier, and costlier problem, for patients and healthcare providers, Johns Hopkins researchers say. >>>

IPPS Proposed Rule Adds Readmission Measures, HAC Timeline

CMS's proposed rule for Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for acute care hospitals includes clarification on which patient stays qualify as legitimate hospitals admissions and exempts certain planned admissions from the readmissions penalty. >>>

Healthcare M&A Activity Dips

Healthcare merger and acquisition activity was down in both deal volume and deal value in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the last quarter of 2012, says a new report. >>>

Incentives, Motivations Clash Under ACOs

A body cannot serve two masters—except—some contend, in healthcare. The old saying is being put to the test as healthcare organizations join multiple ACOs without standard practice protocols. >>>

IPAB Has to Go, Providers and Advocates Urge

A coalition of healthcare provider groups, drug and device manufacturers, health insurers, and patient advocates have signed a letter to Congress urging repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. >>>

HHS Would Hike Whistleblower Rewards to $10M

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has unveiled a proposed rule that would pay rewards of nearly $10 million to Medicare beneficiaries and other whistleblowers whose fraud tips identify and recover funds. >>>

PPACA Implementation Pending, Health Insurance Coverage Gaps Persist

Large numbers of uninsured Americans are financially squeezed by the burdens of high health insurance and medical debt, Commonwealth Fund survey results show. The findings "point clearly to the need to move forward with implementation," of the healthcare reform law, says the president of the Commonwealth Fund. >>>

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News Headlines

80 million Americans didn't use healthcare services due to cost

WEAR, April 29, 2013

Opinion: What tax-exempt hospitals owe their communities

Bloomberg, April 29, 2013

Democratic senators voice concerns about healthcare law rollout

HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2013

FL Medicaid expansion is in doubt

Kaiser Health News / USA Today, April 26, 2013

Ensign Group deal illustrates crackdown on healthcare fraud

Thomson Reuters, April 26, 2013

Health provider strives to keep hospital beds empty

The New York Times, April 25, 2013

Blue Cross Blue Shield cut payments, hospital organization alleges

Minnesota Public Radio, April 25, 2013

WellPoint's first-quarter profit rises 3%

Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2013

Slowdown in healthcare spending linked to weaker U.S. economy

California Healthline, April 24, 2013

Study predicts rise in healthcare cost growth by 2019

The Hill, April 23, 2013

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