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5 Cost Reduction Priorities for CEOs

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Three out of four hospital and health systems CEOs cite overall cost reduction and efficiency as one of their top two financial priorities, so it was no surprise to hear a robust conversation on this hot topic at HealthLeaders Media's annual CEO Exchange. >>>


Editor's Picks

CEO Exchange: Top Execs Share Insights, Solutions, and Strategies

With 40 hospital and health system chief executives attending HealthLeaders Media's second annual CEO Exchange, my challenge is to analyze their insights on reimbursement and the impact of health reform, and overall cost reduction and efficiency—their top priorities. >>>

CEO Exchange: Physician Leadership Seen as Crucial

Acknowledging the monumental changes before them, chief executive officers attending HealthLeaders Media's second annual CEO Exchange are in agreement about one aspect of the way forward: strong leadership by physicians will be a key success factor. >>>

SLIDESHOW: HealthLeaders Media CEO Exchange, 2013

HealthLeaders Media's second annual CEO Exchange assembled nearly 40 top hospital and health system executives in Boca Raton, FL for three days of roundtable and breakout discussions on cost reduction strategies, changing reimbursement models, and the clinical shift from a volume- to a value-based business model. >>>

MU Audit Fears Escalate as HMA Returns $31M

Meaningful Use audit-related givebacks and penalties can pack a much harder punch than other Medicare audits, says the CEO of CHIME, because failure in one area of MU attestation is perceived by auditors as "failure in aggregate." >>>

Declining Patient Volumes Threaten Not-for-Profit Bond Ratings

A Moody's Investors Service executive says she expects downgrades will continue to outpace upgrades in the fourth quarter of 2013 for many of the approximately 500 not-for-profit hospitals and health systems that it rates. >>>

HCA Posts Strong, Tenet 'Solid' 3Q Earnings

Its ability to improve inpatient admissions has helped for-profit Hospital Corporation of America post healthy earnings. Tenet, despite an 8.4% increase in net operating revenues, experienced a "volume decline on the inpatient side and flat-ish volume for outpatient," says one analyst. >>>

SGR is Finally on its Way Out. Maybe.

Although many bills designed to kill the sustainable growth rate formula have languished in Congress over the years, the talk these days is much more serious and physician groups have reason to be optimistic. >>>

Health Plans Talk Strategy in 3Q Earnings Calls

Senior health plan executives sound upbeat about health insurance exchanges, Medicare Advantage plans, and collaborative risk-sharing agreements with providers. >>>

CFO Exchange Insights Report

CFO Exchange Insights Report: Finance Leaders on the Impact of the Big Clinical Shift

At the third annual HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange, leaders discuss strategies for a major shift in healthcare: transforming from a provider organization built for high volume into one that can manage the health of a population cost effectively. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

Cuts in hospital subsidies threaten safety-net care

The New York Times, November 11, 2013

Rush is on to get healthcare now, with high-deductible plans looming in 2014

The Republic /, November 11, 2013

In MA, healthcare prices remain hard to get

NPR, November 11, 2013

Obama personally apologizes for Americans losing health coverage

NBC News, November 8, 2013

How Obamacare will change employer-provided insurance

CBS News, November 8, 2013

Top US insurer sees weak Obamacare sign-ups, prepares for delay

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, November 7, 2013

Humana sees lower profit due to spending on exchanges, Medicaid

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, November 7, 2013

Voters approve $830 million for Jackson Health System

The Miami Herald, November 7, 2013

HCA Posts Strong, Tenet 'Solid' 3Q Earnings

HealthLeaders Media, November 6, 2013

Court upholds $14.2 million judgment against UPMC

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 6, 2013

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The Benefits (and Costs) of Consolidation

The recent level of M&A and affiliation activity in healthcare has been stunning, but to some leaders, it's nothing compared to what's coming over the next decade. >>>


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