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Big Changes Prep Medical Center for New Financial Realities

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Despite the high cost of its EHR conversion, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's CFO says the spending is justified because improving the organization's population health strategy, data collection and sharing capabilities will be critical for successful healthcare delivery in the near future. >>>


Editor's Picks

Why Is Healthcare Price Transparency So Hard?

Few are making much progress, but a small number of hospital and health system leaders are doing their best to change price opacity. >>>

Researchers Link ICD-10 Shift to Financial Losses

The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding led to significant information loss at one oncology clinic, says a researcher who found that 39 ICD-9-CM codes with information loss accounted for 2.9% of total Medicaid reimbursements and 5.3% of the organization's billing charges. >>>

House Passes SGR Fix, Senate Says It's DOA

Reacting to the vote, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, said she was disappointed to see the legislation mired in "partisan politics." >>>

Two-Midnights Rule Spells Grim Financial Forecast for Hospitals

Hospitals will take a financial hit this year as a result of the new federal rule that cuts the Medicare payment rate for most patient stays that span less than two midnights, Moody's predicts. >>>

Care Coordination a Cost-Cutting Quality Driver

Part II of an in-depth conversation about care coordination with two nurse leaders delves into the reasons why hospitals are looking at care coordination and transitional care so intensively—quality, cost, and outcomes. >>>

EHR Spending Continues, But Jury Still Out on ROI

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

Rules to Rein in HIX Narrow Networks Could Drive Away Payers

Healthcare providers have raised alarms over narrow provider networks in the public health insurance exchanges, but Moody's Investors Service says proposed rules to open up the networks could drive health plans to drop out of the new market. >>>

The Trouble with Hospital Price Transparency

Many hospital and health system leaders acknowledge that if prices were more transparent, they would compare favorably with their peers and be able to attract more patient volume. So why isn't it happening? >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cardio Services—Keeping Pace With the Pulse of Population Health

This report outlines the strategies healthcare providers are pursuing to grow their cardio service lines while addressing margin pressures. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

White House tightens health plan's standards after consumers complain

The New York Times, March 17, 2014

Miami clinic biller convicted of healthcare fraud

CBS Miami, March 17, 2014

Official: Dollar-driven healthcare causes harm

Newsday, March 17, 2014

Reversing course, the White House protects an Obamacare subsidy from sequester cuts

The Washington Post, March 14, 2014

Insurers may get cost break thanks to rocky ACA rollout

Kaiser Health News, March 14, 2014

States lagging on healthcare sign-ups vow to do better

USA Today, March 14, 2014

Health mandate won't be delayed, Sebelius says

The New York Times, March 13, 2014

VT has new plan to slow healthcare costs / Associated Press, March 13, 2014

How HCA turned trauma into a money-maker

Tampa Bay Times, March 12, 2014

FL trauma centers charge fees the moment patients come through the door

Tampa Bay Times, March 11, 2014

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Shifting Patient Patterns

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