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Q&A: Banner CEO on 'Getting the Cost Out'

Philip Betbeze

In a wide-ranging interview, Banner Health president and CEO Peter Fine details the executive team's role in nearly half the $70 million in savings the organization achieved between 2012 and 2013, and lays out a prescription for success in a dynamic future for healthcare. >>>


Editor's Picks

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. >>>

MU Compliance Announcement Sparks Concern, Confusion

An announcement from CMS on Meaningful Use implementation deadline changes obscures the fact that the agency fully expects all Stage 2 start dates to remain unchanged. >>>

Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven 'Optimistic' SGR Will Be Repealed

Citing bipartisan support in Congress, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, believes a "doc fix," in the form of a  total repeal of the sustainable growth rate funding formula for physicians, is imminent. >>>

AMCs React to Being Shut Out of Some Exchange Plans

Some academic medical centers are being excluded from state health insurance exchanges because their costs are higher than other hospitals'. The resulting squeeze on revenues "raises very real worries about hospitals' ability to carry out their mission," says the New Jersey Hospital Association. >>>

HL20: George Halvorson—Expectations for Success

George Halvorson has stepped down as CEO of Kaiser Permanente. But instead of going into retirement mode, he is launching an institute to resolve the roots of intergroup ethnic conflict and improve diversity within the workplace. "What I've been doing in healthcare, and for the past 30 years, has been a warm-up for what I need to do next," he says.  >>>

Top 3 Health Plan Game Changers of 2013

The landscape is changing rapidly for payers. To be successful, insurers must adapt to new reimbursement models and forge new partnerships with providers. >>>

MUCking Around for New Quality Measures

'Tis the season when CMS looks at a long list of proposed quality measures, any one of which might reveal which healthcare providers are delivering care that is very, very good. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cost Containment—Harnessing Data to Drive Revenue Cycle and Productivity

This report reveals how data analytics can drive meaningful cost containment strategies without negative impacts on quality and patient satisfaction. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

House, Senate committees approve 'doc fix' legislation

The Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2013

Aetna will not reinstate individual insurance plans

Reuters, December 13, 2013

Federal data show health disparities among states / Associated Press, December 13, 2013

US appeals court refuses interim stay in UnitedHealthcare case

The Hartford Courant, December 13, 2013

US health secretary calls for probe of Obamacare website launch

Orlando Sentinel / Reuters, December 12, 2013

Obamacare sign-ups continue to increase

Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2013

Hospitals vow to reverse budget cuts

The Hill, December 12, 2013

Nurses pressing ballot question to limit hospital CEO pay

The Boston Globe, December 12, 2013

DMC lawsuit: Merger between McLaren and Karmanos improper

Detroit Free Press, December 12, 2013

Insurance companies sued by hospital for failing to pay lien

The Southeast Texas Record, December 11, 2013

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a dfference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>


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