Bringing in donations requires personnel April 23, 2014 | David Weldon, Contributing Writer
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Hospitals most successful at fundraising didn't cut philanthropy staff during the economic downturn
Hospitals are dependent on donations to help offset huge operating expenses. And in this turbulent time of rising costs and shrinking reimbursements, they need all the financial kindness they can get. That's why investing in philanthropy personnel is important. More
Investing for value-based care April 22, 2014 | Diana Manos, Contributing Editor
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Technology and staffing investments are key
To quickly make the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care, accountable care organizations must figure out where to invest and take cues from those which have mastered the model. More
Time for a supply chain health check April 21, 2014 | Roland Butvilofsky, Contributing Writer
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Supply chain costs account for a surprisingly high percentage of the overall total operating budget at healthcare facilities, making clear insight into supply chain processes critical to ensuring maximum efficiency and long-term cost savings. More
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
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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
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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
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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

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Sweeping changes to 2015 Medicare Advantage, Part D regs
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CFOs must 'rev' up for 2014
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