Cost reduction initiatives mistakes April 18, 2014 | Liz Kirk, Contributing Writer
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All too often internal cost reduction initiatives fail to produce the level of savings required. Driving this level of change is not for the faint of heart and strong leadership is essential. More
Operations apps ready for the spotlight April 17, 2014 | Erin McCann, Contributing Editor
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Hospital administrators are shifting their attention away from clinical IT
After years in the shadows, operations applications are about to step into the spotlight as hospital administrators shift their focus away from clinical IT applications. More
Hospitals altering collections practices April 16, 2014 | Chuck Green, Contributing Writer
Omaha Children's Hospital & Medical Center
Hospitals get creative, offering patients financial counseling and loan programs
The Affordable Care Act has created some new realities for hospitals when it comes to billing and collecting from patients. Hospitals are adjusting by instituting a variety of processes. More
Highmark eyes caregiver market April 15, 2014 | Anthony Brino, Contributing Editor
Highmark head quarters
Health insurer opens new business line catering to caregivers of the elderly and disabled
The growing ranks of adults helping their aging and ill parents, relatives and friends is a business opportunity that health insurer Highmark is not passing up. More
Traditional businesses threatened April 14, 2014 | Anthony Brino, Contributing Editor
Walgreens storefront
Nontraditional healthcare companies are offering consumers services in the settings they want
New entrants in the healthcare market could snatch billions of dollars of revenue from traditional healthcare companies if the traditional companies do not move faster to provide services in the setting consumers want. More
Sebelius resigns, Obama taps budget guru April 11, 2014 | Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, Contributing Writer
Kathleen Sebelius
President Barack Obama to nominate Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell
The woman who became the face of the health law's troubled rollout last October is resigning her position as head of the country's Health and Human Services Department. More
Doctors protest CMS data release April 10, 2014 | Frank Irving, Editor, Medical Practice Insider
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' releases a data set revealing what Medicare pays doctors
By releasing to the public a data set revealing what Medicare pays individual doctors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says the transparency will help weed out fraud and prevent billing abuse, but physicians are crying foul. More
Want to retain employees? Try mentoring April 09, 2014 | David Weldon, Contributing Writer
hospital workers
Successful mentoring programs must meet the goals of the mentor, the mentee and the business
A mentoring program can help to keep employees engaged and loyal, hold down costs of recruiting and on-boarding and helps to create the next generation of organizational leadership. More
CHI plots long-term transformation April 08, 2014 | Anthony Brino, Contributing Editor
CHI's St. Vincent at Hot Springs
The national health system is investing billions in IT and is branching out into the insurance business
Catholic Health Initiatives' long-term transformation strategy has a bit of the expected -- IT investment -- and the unexpected -- the creation of an insurance business. More
ICD-10 delay: Who benefits? April 07, 2014 | Austin Cameron, Strategic Operations Manager: KLAS Research
President Obama
It is now official: you must wait until 2015 to use ICD-10 code W6112XA -- struck by macaw. But it's no laughing matter: President Barack Obama has indeed signed the SGR patch legislation, which includes another delay of ICD-10 implementation. More

Today’s Headlines

Earnings are down but in line with forecasting, and opportunities for future growth leave executives optimistic. More
Our weekly look at career moves in the healthcare finance sector. This issue highlights promotions, hires and fires for the week ending April 18, 2014. More
To get ready to participate in integrated care funded by bundled payments, behavioral health providers need to establish a new business model, with particular emphasis on establishing episode of care... More
The newly available data on Medicare physician reimbursement may bolster would-be whistle-blowers, but health systems and medical practices can get ahead of the issue. More
As lawmakers try to understand the ultimate causes of the recent slowdown in healthcare spending growth, their determinations will eventually translate into policies that will impact healthcare... More
Boston's Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, Mass. announced Monday that they are creating a new health system. More
 
Spotlight In case you missed it In case you missed them, here are our editors' picks of some recent top stories, those generating particular reader interest and engagement.
Across the U.S., hospital costs are rising while revenue and patient volume are falling. Rural not-for-profit hospitals, in particular, face a challenging financial future, one ... More
When discussing solutions to the problem of primary care shortages, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are top of mind. A law that took effect the ... More
Patients key to reducing readmissions
There have been many ideas proposed as solutions for reducing costly hospital readmissions, but one concept that hasn't gotten much attention over the years is ... More
Hospital administrators are finding that inexpensive and unobtrusive radio frequency identification tags are saving thousands of dollars while increasing quality of care and patient satisfaction. More
With the growing complexity and unpredictability of reimbursement, the existing back-end model of managing patients' payments is no longer sufficient. Hospital executives must focus on ... More
Sweeping changes to 2015 Medicare Advantage, Part D regs
This week, CMS released a proposed rule that would make significant revisions to the Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug program regulations. The agency ... More
Maine General Hospital
Ten years ago, executives at MaineGeneral Health, a rural healthcare system consisting of several acute care hospitals, physician practices, outpatient facilities and homecare services in ... More
CFOs must 'rev' up for 2014
The next year will be a busy one for all involved in healthcare finance, between handling the influx of patients newly insured under the Affordable ... More
Simplifying patient billing not simple
The confusion caused by patient billing documents impacts providers' ability to collect on patient bills, so some providers are trying to simplify patient billing for ... More

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