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Scary Financial Challenges for 2014

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Healthcare finance leaders see scary financial challenges ahead in 2014 around declining reimbursements, health insurance exchanges, and high-deductible health plans. >>>


Editor's Picks

States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Forgo Billions in Federal Funds

The 20 states rejecting Medicaid expansion are leaving billions of dollars in federal funds on the table, even as the taxpayers of those states pay for the expansion costs for states that accept the deal. >>>

Not-for-Profit Hospitals Find Opportunity Amid Uncertainty

While the uncertainty around healthcare reform and lower reimbursements will prove a challenge in the near future, hospital leaders also see opportunities to succeed within local markets. >>>

New G-Codes to Pay Doctors for Broad Array of Non-Face-to-Face Care

Though few physicians realize it yet, a new CMS rule will begin to pay them for the hours they and their clinical teams spend managing Medicare patients' chronic conditions beyond face-to-face office visits. >>>

Without Way to Pay for SGR Repeal, Is Optimism in Vain?

Repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate has clear momentum, but with 2013 winding down and the $139 billion price tag still unresolved, physicians could be facing yet another short-term fix. >>>

Safety Net Executives Renew Call to Preserve DSH Payments

Leaders of 250 safety net hospitals protest that the statutory cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding—more than $18 billion through 2019—are unjustifiable since about half the states have rejected Medicaid coverage expansion. >>>

Hospital M&A Volume Up, Value Down in 3Q

The volume and value of hospital mergers and acquisitions increased in the third quarter of 2013 when compared with the same period in 2012, although the fundamental reasons for the market consolidations are essentially the same, according to a PwC report. Healthcare sector churn is far from settled. >>>

Small Doesn't Mean Doomed

Innovation, partnerships, and execution—not scale—will determine success, says the CEO of Genesis Health System (IA). To the many overtures for consolidation, he is confident that the right answer remains "no." >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Restructuring Executive Compensation for the Shift From Volume to Value

This report reveals how the shift from volume to value is reshaping compensation and incentives and demanding new C-suite skills. Download Today >>>

News Headlines

Billions in healthcare law fees to hit consumers, businesses

The Columbus Dispatch, December 9, 2013's mysterious new number: '834'

Pacific Standard, December 9, 2013

University of UT data tool clears up healthcare cost image

The Salt Lake Tribune, December 9, 2013

Middlesex County (NJ) starts program aimed at cutting healthcare costs, improving employees' health / The Star-Ledger, December 9, 2013

Will Obamacare cancel 100 million plans?

The Washington Post, December 6, 2013

WI lawmakers consider delay in state Medicaid changes

Reuters, December 5, 2013

'Convoluted' hospital pricing under scrutiny

The San Francisco Chronicle, December 5, 2013

Audit: Healthcare subsidies vulnerable to fraud / Associated Press, December 4, 2013

Why eliminating 'hospital purgatories' would save billions of dollars

PBS NewsHour, December 4, 2013

As hospital prices soar, a stitch tops $500

The New York Times, December 4, 2013

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