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Relief in Sight for Federally Qualified Health Centers

John Commins

Because of medical liability concerns, federally qualified health centers have been mostly unable to tap into the good will of local clinicians who want to volunteer their medical services. Pending legislation may turn that around. >>>


Editor's Picks

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. >>>

Scary Financial Challenges for 2014

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

Resisting the Healthcare Consolidation Frenzy

Merger and acquisition activity shows no signs of slowing, yet some hospital and health system leaders see independence as a viable strategy. >>>

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." >>>

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. >>>

Douglas Hawthorne—A Chance to Do Something Big

Douglas Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, has repeatedly made big bets on where the puck is going in healthcare, and those bets have almost always paid off. Now his behemoth health system is seeking to take responsibility for caring for individuals over a lifetime. Making that change pay off financially is the critical challenge. From the 2013 HealthLeaders 20. >>>

LifePoint Bolsters Presence in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Nearly two years after its entry into the Michigan market, for-profit LifePoint expands its footprint with deals in two rural communities. >>>

News Roundup: Healthcare Gains Jobs, CT Hospital Strike Continues

Hospital and health system job growth looks strong, Connecticut sees its first hospital strike in 25 years, and a hospital worker convicted of infecting patients is sentenced in New Hampshire. >>>

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Date: January 23, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Healthcare marketing leaders from Vanderbilt and Jennings outline strategies to connect with patients and staff through rich social media content. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

NY releases hospital-pricing data, calls for action

Capital New York, December 11, 2013

Insurance companies sued by hospital for failing to pay lien

The Southeast Texas Record, December 11, 2013

Workers sue Sandy-devastated hospital as bankruptcy looms

NBC New York, December 11, 2013

Work continues to fix problems raised by hepatitis C outbreak

Star Tribune / Associated Press, December 11, 2013

Some CA insurance plans narrow doctor, hospital choices

Kaiser Health News / Capital Public Radio, December 10, 2013

Rehospitalization rates fell in first year of Medicare penalties

Kaiser Health News, December 10, 2013

How hospitals pass their Obamacare penalties on to patients

The Atlantic, December 10, 2013

Obamacare: An uneven playing field for hospitals

CNBC, December 10, 2013

Houston Methodist Hospital laptop with patient information stolen

Houston Business Journal, December 9, 2013

Feds penalize CNY hospitals nearly $3 million for not measuring up on quality, December 6, 2013

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