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Hospital Consolidation Explained in One M&A Deal

John Commins

Duke LifePoint has agreed to spend more than half a billion dollars on Conemaugh Health System over the next 10 years. The CEOs at both organizations detail what drove them to this deal and why we can expect to see more of these consolidations. >>>


Editor's Picks

Get Ready for Medicare's 5-Star Hospital Ratings

CMS intends to implement a five-star rating system on all of its web sites that display comparative quality information for providers. Stars are nice, but precision, in the form of detailed quality data, must remain public for quality to improve. >>>

For Hospital CFOs, ICD-10 Delay a Costly Disappointment

Last week's surprise delay of ICD-10 implementation is a lose-lose-lose proposition for provider organizations: Costs will rise, physicians are likely to disengage, and the clinical benefits will be put off. >>>

Release of Medicare Physician Payment Data Imminent

With the blessing of a federal judge, CMS is releasing Medicare data on physicians, including types of services, average submitted charges, and standard deviation in submitted charges. >>>

Who Wants an Empty Hospital?

If you don't, you should. A nearly empty hospital indicates you've achieved functional integration such that your continued existence doesn't depend on the hospital at all. It depends instead on how well you take care of people to make sure they seldom, if ever, end up there. >>>

Shift in Payment Models Alters Physician Compensation

As physician reimbursement shifts from a fee-for-service model to a value-based structure, expect to see changes in how compensation plans are drafted. >>>

Business Roundup: Tenet Wins Latest Round in SC Hospital Fight

Tenet, Community Health Systems, and Mercy Health have individually finalized separate deals to build, operate, and merge healthcare organizations from Pennsylvania to Florida. >>>

ACOs Show Uneven Progress

Just over half of the 114 organizations to join one of two Medicare accountable care organization efforts in 2012 report no decrease in health spending below targets during their first 12 months. >>>

Patient Safety Advances Lagging

A decade after the release of an IOM report warning of serious threats to patient safety associated with nurses' work environments, things haven't changed as much as might have been expected. >>>

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Date: April 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Leaders from Community Health Systems and the Baird Group share marketing strategies for communicating patient experience imperatives and developing programs to reinforce them. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

Sliver of Medicare doctors get big share of payouts

The New York Times, April 9, 2014

Physicians sound off on EHRs

The Atlantic, April 9, 2014

Drugstores play doctor: Physicals, flu diagnosis, and more

The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2014

CT hospitals follow aviation, nuclear power in targeting errors

The CT Mirror, April 9, 2014

AMA won't stop Medicare doc data release / Associated Press, April 8, 2014

CA hospitals overcharged Medicare by $367 million, audit says

San Francisco Business Times, April 8, 2014

Syracuse surgeon slapped sedated patients, called them insulting names, feds say, April 8, 2014

Why walk-in healthcare is a fast-growing profit center for retail chains

The Washington Post, April 7, 2014

Rural MS hospitals align with larger ones to survive

Modesto Bee / Clarion-Ledger, April 7, 2014

MA hospital files for bankruptcy liquidation; work to reopen ER continues, April 4, 2014

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