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Orlando Health Bucks Trend, Stays Independent

John Commins

The lengthy process of vetting potential partners allowed the not-for-profit system to reassess its strengths and weaknesses while it improved its balance sheets. >>>


Editor's Picks

Providers Blast CMS on Two-Midnight Rule

One of the hottest healthcare controversies—the two-midnight rule—boils over in comments submitted to federal officials regarding the 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System rules. >>>

Infuriated by MOC Rules, Physicians Unleash on Certification Boards

Revised maintenance of certification rules are drawing howls of protest from doctors who are angry about "extortive" costs and other burdens. >>>

9 in 10 New Physician Jobs Follow Employment Model

The growing importance of population health management and value-based care as well as market share and leverage with payers is spurring much of the trend toward physician hiring. >>>

2 GA Healthcare Systems Ink Partnership Deal

Leaders of Oconee Regional Health Systems and Central Georgia Health System have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop healthcare services while aiming to achieve economies of scale and better population health. >>>

6 Revenue Pressures Create Negative Outlook for NFP Hospitals

A ratings agency leader sounds the alarm for not-for-profit hospitals, saying they "have begun to lose the battle" and that a host of negative trends warrants a credit downgrade. >>>

Hospitals Urged to Review Visitation Policies

Visitation rules based on "outdated beliefs that frequent contact with loved ones interferes with care" neglect the negative consequences of restrictive policies, says a group that advocates for family-centered care. >>>

Infection Prevention Effort Targets Hospital Handshakes

A suggestion to reduce rates of hospital-acquired infections by replacing handshakes with fist bumps and other gestures is meeting mixed reviews among clinicians. >>>

Pork and Promises Won't Fix VA Hospital Mess

Based on the bills in conference, legislation to fix the Veterans Administration healthcare system will do little more than paper over problems that result from a fundamentally bad design. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: The Clinical Strategy for Financial Health—Care Redesign & Standardization

This report reveals how leading organizations are implementing programs aimed at care redesign, care standardization, and driving waste out of healthcare delivery. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

CDC: Painkiller prescription rates vary widely among states

USA Today, July 2, 2014

NIH creates network to tackle mysterious diseases

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, July 2, 2014

MA Governor Signs ICU nurse-staffing bill

The Lowell Sun, July 2, 2014

VA hospital claims turn-around on wait times

The Indianapolis Star, July 2, 2014

UnitedHealth, an insurer switching roles, helps hospitals on Medicare billing

The New York Times, July 1, 2014

Doctors shortage worsening, demand growing / USA Today, July 1, 2014

Many hospitals struggle to understand their own cost data

PBS NewsHour / Kaiser Health News, July 1, 2014

Hospitals turning to data brokers for patient information

PBS NewsHour, June 30, 2014

UT hospitals try the unthinkable: Get a grip on costs

USA Today, June 30, 2014

US healthcare profit outlook brightens on Obamacare, drug prices

Reuters, June 27, 2014

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New Goals, New Alliances

The historically adversarial relationship between providers and payers is shifting toward cautious cooperation as both sides recognize that they must implement structural and strategic changes to ensure their mutual survival. >>>


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