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Provider Rebellion in the Golden State

December 10, 2013
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California has long been held up as one of the most prominent states in the health-care reform movement. It was, after all, an early adopter of reform and is home to outspoken reform advocate Kaiser Permanente. However, physicians within the Golden State aren’t necessarily as pro-reform as the rest of the providers in the state. […]

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Health-Care Costs are Dropping, but Why?

November 25, 2013
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The information coming across the health-care news wires over the last several weeks has been confusing, befuddling, and aggravating at best. With all of the issues related to the health-care reform roll-out, it’s tough to cut through the speculation and nail down the definitive truth. If definitive truth even exists in health care today. Nevertheless, […]

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How are Hospitals Making Up for Reimbursement Shortfalls?

November 1, 2013
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How does your organization make up for reimbursement shortfalls? Do you compensate for these shortfalls by shifting the cost of government insurance and uncompensated care to the privately insured? This is what conventional wisdom has said is the best strategy for the longest time, Steve Jacob of DHealthcare Daily writes. However, two recent studies have […]

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Trend: Primary Care Physicians are Accepting More Medicare Patients than Before

August 27, 2013
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Here’s one of those trends for which the long-term implication can be difficult to decipher. According to Kelly Kennedy in USA Today, physicians are actually accepting more Medicare patients now than in previous years. This, in spite of the fact that 9,500 physicians opted out of Medicare in 2012 compared to 3,700 in 2009, a […]

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Maine Hospitals Incur Great Debt to Expand and Upgrade Facilities

April 5, 2013

It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that cash flow is exceedingly difficult for hospitals to come by, especially with reimbursement cuts and the burden of federal and state debt. Yet hospitals have capital investments that need to be made and facilities that need to be expanded, upgraded, or replaced, sometimes all three. […]

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Maryland Health Officials Seek Sweeping Changes in Hospital Reimbursements

April 2, 2013

Maryland health officials are suggesting drastic measures to reform its hospital payment system. Last week, they submitted to CMS changes that can only be described as sweeping. As the Associated Press reports, these changes are “the most significant in 40 years” for the state, with the goal being to keep Maryland’s “unique Medicare waiver agreement […]

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Hospitals Focus on Updating Cardio Service Lines

March 19, 2013

In the entertainment industry, it’s common practice to take long-running franchises and reboot or restart them, with the hope of giving the properties a fresh, contemporary spin. In the March 2013 issue of HealthLeaders Media magazine, Michael Zeis reports on the rebooting of cardio service lines at healthcare organizations around the country. He writes, “Those […]

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Medicare Patient 30-Day Readmission Rates Fell in 2012

March 4, 2013

Healthcare executives across the country have been frustrated with their 30-day patient-readmission rates, especially among Medicare recipients. For five years or so, it seemed like nothing could be done to keep these rates from increasing. However, 2012 might have been a turning point, according to CMS. As Stephanie Armour reports for Bloomberg, “Thirty-day readmission rates […]

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Industry Survey Reveals Goals and Priorities of Healthcare Leaders (Part 2 of 2)

February 27, 2013

Yesterday, we looked at the first three areas of an Industry Survey conducted by HealthLeaders Media that examined several challenges and issues confronting healthcare leaders in 2013. Today, we look at the final three areas of that survey. The information below is based on an article written by Margaret Dick Tocknell. ****** Fourth, the greatest […]

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Industry Survey Reveals Goals and Priorities of Healthcare Leaders (Part 1 of 2)

February 26, 2013

HealthLeaders Media recently conducted its 2013 Industry Survey and discovered that healthcare leaders “are still in a quandary: unhappy about the healthcare industry as a whole but convinced that their own organizations are moving in the right direction,” reports Margaret Dick Tocknell. The majority believe the industry is still “on the wrong track,” but “the […]

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