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Hospitals Ramp Up Capital Spending on IT

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

More money is being invested in healthcare IT infrastructure and less in brick and mortar assets than ever before. If you doubt the data, listen to what one CFO at a New York health system is saying about his capital spending plans. >>>


Editor's Picks

ED Cost of Care Greatly Underreported, Researcher Says

A Brown University researcher says the true cost of emergency department care may account for 10% of total healthcare spending, not 2% as a widely accepted federal report claims. >>>

Providers Grade Health Plans. Guess Who Still Stinks.

An annual survey of hospital leaders' opinions of large health plans shows WellPoint and UnitedHealthcare fighting for last place among their peers—Cigna, Aetna, Coventry, Humana, and the independent Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. >>>

Medical Director Compensation Increasingly Tied to Value, Quality

While patient flow and practice efficiency were once the primary focus of medical directors in physician practices, directors are now shifting their focus toward delivering value and clinical quality. >>>

Hospital Execs Forecast Higher IT Spending

Nearly 43% of respondents surveyed by the Premier Healthcare Alliance say their organizations will make their biggest capital investments in healthcare information technology and telecommunications in 2013, up 21% from two years ago. >>>

Bond Ratings Pressure Smaller Hospitals as NFP Sector Falters

While five of six not-for-profit hospitals that saw their bond rating downgraded in the first quarter of 2013 had less than $500 million in revenues, the outlook is grim across the board. "It's negative for the whole industry," says an executive at Moody's Investor Service. >>>

Hospitals Find ROI in Recycling Efforts

On a mission to reduce healthcare's negative impact on the environment and contain costs, a coalition of 350 hospitals, in one year, has saved almost $32 million from single-use medical device reprocessing alone. >>>

CMS Releases 2014 IPPS Proposed Rule

A significant revision to the definition of "inpatient" and a net increase of 0.8% in payments to hospitals are highlights of the proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems rule for 2014. >>>

Executive Insight Report

Executive Insight Report: Capital Finance—Industry Consolidation

The second in a series of four Executive Insight Reports from Bank of America Merrill Lynch explains the results of a survey on how leading organizations are approaching mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions, and strategic alliances, as they strive to meet the goals of healthcare reform. Download Today >>>

News Headlines

Funds to help uninsured choose healthcare options could affect how many get coverage

The Washington Post, May 6, 2013

As healthcare costs slow, IPAB's launch is delayed

The Washington Post, May 6, 2013

Affordable Care Act poses unintended expense to some

Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2013

Healthcare law opponents sue Obama officials over IRS rules

Reuters, May 3, 2013

Republicans propose Medicaid caps

The Hill, May 2, 2013

Fewer carriers than expected apply for IL health marketplace

Star Tribune / Associated Press, May 2, 2013

Opinion: Medicare should pay for patients, not treatments

Bloomberg, May 1, 2013

Boston victims face lifetime of medical bills

CNNMoney, May 1, 2013

Payment to ME hospitals slowed?

Portland Press Herald, May 1, 2013

Healthcare experts propose $1 trillion in savings

The Hill, April 30, 2013

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Roundtable: Capital Finance—Changing Structures

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