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Independent Provider's 'Strength' Strategy Keeps Options Open

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

By strategically investing in EHR, creating a financial plan around taking risk, and establishing both a physician leadership institute and a business unit for innovation, an independent Pennsylvania health system shores up its finances for whatever the future may hold. >>>


Editor's Picks

PCMH Pilot Not Associated with Cost Reductions, Study Shows

A study of a three-year multi-practice patient-centered medical home pilot finds lackluster results. "We're now concerned that medical home transformations may not really achieve the goals set out for them at the rapid pace that people have hoped," says the study author. >>>

Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers

CMS has issued a clarification on its rule governing how Medicare classifies and pays for short hospital stays, but healthcare providers are still crying foul over the new standard. >>>

Retail Medicine Syncs with High-Deductible Health Plans

The rise of high-deductible health plans means more consumers will have healthcare coverage that mainly provides protection against catastrophic injury or illness. As these plans become more common, pharmacy chains and big box retailers are taking a greater interest in expanding their healthcare provider capacities. >>>

Employer Mandate Delay Hurts NFP Hospitals' Credit Outlook

The delay in the employer mandate "causes a timing mismatch between the benefit of fewer uninsured patients and the negative impact hospitals face related to reduced payment updates and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid DSH," says Moody's Investor Services. >>>

AHIP Eyes 5.9 Percent MA Payment Cut, Market Disruptions

A study commissioned by America's Health Insurance Plans is predicting a second consecutive year of deep payment cuts for Medicare Advantage programs which "could result in a high degree of disruption in the MA market." >>>

Building the Business Case for Value-Based Care

Harold D. Miller, president and CEO of the non-profit Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, discusses a fundamental barrier to shifting payment models in healthcare: Some providers mistakenly think all they have to do is tweak existing fee-for-service billing structures without understanding what drives costs in the underlying payment system. >>>

HIMSS: Providers View IT as a Revenue Generator

Cleveland Clinic is increasing its ROI on the EHR infrastructure it has invested in by working toward becoming, in effect, the new data center for a growing number of other, otherwise non-affiliated, providers. >>>

2014 Industry Survey

Industry Survey 2014: Forging Healthcare's New Financial Foundation

The next 12 months may be the most transformative in the history of the healthcare industry. This report provides timely insights from our Intelligence Unit and top industry executives into the evolving attitudes of healthcare leaders—and the clinical, financial, and alignment moves they’re making today to successfully negotiate the coming shift from volume to value. Purchase Today >>>

News Headlines

New health fix offers subsidies for insurance policies bought outside exchanges

The New York Times, March 3, 2014

Big deadline looms this month for healthcare coverage / Associated Press, March 3, 2014

Papers offer peek into Hillary Clinton's failed healthcare initiative

Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2014

Now on your restaurant bill: Obamacare fee

CNN Money, March 3, 2014

Obama budget will seek record funding for new doctors

USA Today, February 28, 2014

Doctors struggle to save for retirement despite high salaries

NBC News, February 28, 2014

Highmark won't pay hospital rates for care in physician offices

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 27, 2014

Obama: Health insurance enrollment at 4 million

The Kansas City Star / Associated Press, February 26, 2014

Holder, Sebelius tout billions in healthcare fraud recoveries

The Hill, February 26, 2014

Popular US health reform plan may not cut costs, boost quality

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, February 26, 2014

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In Search of EHR's ROI

As healthcare leaders continue to pour money into electronic health record systems, many (but not all) find the return on the investment remains elusive. >>>


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