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  1. Where do hospital C-suiters see the biggest cost savings?

    The majority of healthcare executives think improving clinical operations and care delivery will most effectively lead to cost savings, according to a recent survey by Huron Healthcare. Survey respondents indicated that currently, reducing spending and the need to generate revenue stand as the biggest challenges in the transition to a value-based business model. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. How hospitals can offset the effects of high-deductible health plans

    The growing popularity of high-deductible health plans should cause concern among hospital and health system executives, with patients taking on more of a financial responsibility for their healthcare. However, there are some steps healthcare providers can take to help avoid some of the negative effects of the plans.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. M&A Playbooks: The good, the bad and the ugly

    Merger and acquisition activity among hospitals and health systems has been on the rise, and many expect this trend to continue. Whether your organization has undergone many prior transactions or you're pursuing your first transactions in years, you need to be prepared. Even if you have no M&A activity in mind, in order to effectively navigate the current healthcare landscape, you need to be able to systematically evaluate opportunities as they arise.  By James Bedford, Munzoor Shaikh and Mani Kumar, West Monroe Partners -

Information governance in healthcare

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Today, healthcare is increasingly impacted by technological change. The emergence of the electronic health record (EHR), the increased use of business intelligence and data analytics, an increasing emphasis on quality reporting, and the evolution of mobile and hand-held technology all contribute to an increase in information - in multiple formats - in multiple places - with multiple uses.
  1. 5 healthcare executives share their best piece of advice

    At the Becker's Hospital Review CEO Strategy Roundtable in Chicago on Nov. 5, a panel of industry experts shared some of the biggest opportunities for and threats to hospitals, as well as advice to fellow leaders.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. 3 transformational strategies for healthcare leaders to remember

    At the Becker's Hospital Review CEO Strategy Roundtable in Chicago on Nov. 5, Thomas Royer, MD, former president and CEO of Irving, Texas-based CHRISTUS Health, discussed transformational strategies executives should use to be successful in the new healthcare environment.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Becker's CEO roundtable: 12 healthcare leaders on their priorities, the PPACA and physicians

    The rules of healthcare are changing: the tools transforming, the resources shifting — even the definition of success isn't firm.  By Ayla Ellison, Molly Gamble, Heather Punke and Emily Rappleye -
  4. The game has changed. Has your strategy?

    At the Becker's Hospital Review CEO Strategy Roundtable in Chicago on Nov. 5, Steve Lefar, president and CEO of Skokie, Ill.-based healthcare intelligence services organization Sg2, discussed how the changing healthcare landscape requires leaders to reevaluate their business strategy.  By Shannon Barnet -

5 Practices for Labor Cost & Care Quality 

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Healthcare organizations are driving labor cost containment and quality of care initiatives by leveraging workforce data. Learn more about the top five workforce management best practices as identified by 124 senior leaders in a recent Health Leaders survey and understand how these strategies can help your organization achieve cost and quality improvements.
  1. Appeals court cancels arguments on PPACA subsidies, awaits SCOTUS decision

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has canceled arguments in a case concerning subsidies provided under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a separate case on the same issue, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. How having an opinion changed my career

    Editor in chief Lindsey Dunn pens her last column, sharing lessons from Becker's six years of remarkable growth  By Lindsey Dunn -
  3. Kindred to acquire Centerre Healthcare for $195M

    Louisville, Ky.-based post-acute services provider Kindred Healthcare has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Centerre Healthcare — an operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals — for approximately $195 million.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Highmark subsidiary reports data breach affecting 75k patients

    Visionworks, a subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based payer Highmark, has reported a missing computer server, prompting a data breach notification affecting approximately 75,000 patients. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

The New PPACA Payments Environment

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The landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is playing a major role in moving the healthcare industry to greater reliance on electronic payments and administration.
  1. Can healthcare be Uber-ized?

    Uber's foray into healthcare, on the heels of its rapid ascension in the taxi industry, should cause healthcare executives to question the very nature of a healthcare organization and what makes it successful.  By Kenneth Kaufman -
  2. From 2004 to 2014: 5 trends in employer-sponsored insurance

    Over the past decade, health insurance premiums and insurance deductibles for employer-sponsored insurance plans have continued to increase, according to recent Kaiser Family Foundation data analysis.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Humana's profit falls 21.2% in Q3

    Louisville, Ky.-based health insurer Humana's consolidated revenues increased in the third quarter of this year, while its profit fell 21.2 percent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. 20 latest CEO moves in hospitals, health systems

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves were announced or implemented in the past two weeks, beginning with the most recent.  By Molly Gamble -
  5. 6 shifts in leadership priorities heading into 2015: Key Premier survey findings

    Implementing the PPACA continues to present a major hurdle for many hospitals but its impact on their finances has alleviated somewhat, according to the Fall 2014 Economic Outlook survey from Washington, D.C.-based Premier.  By Shannon Barnet -
  6. Attention shoppers: There’s a special on flu shots and corn chips in aisle three

    As healthcare executives and physicians look on with chagrin, retailers are moving aggressively to fill unmet needs in the delivery of primary care for millions of Americans. With eye-catching store fronts, convenient locations, and extended hours of operation, drug stores and big box retailers are providing routine medical care ranging from flu shots to pregnancy tests to school and sports physicals.  By Robin L. Rose, MBA Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, HealthStream, Inc. -
  7. Froedtert Health, Ministry Health Care complete co-ownership of health plan

    Menasha, Wis.-based health plan Network Health is now officially co-owned by Milwaukee-based Froedtert Health and Milwaukee-based Ministry Health Care.  By Shannon Barnet -
  8. 2014 Baldrige Quality Award recipients named: 5 things to know

    The winners of the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards have been announced, and two healthcare organizations in Texas are included in the list of four winners. By Heather Punke -
  9. More nurses join strikes, protests for Global Ebola Awareness Day

    Nurses across the country are holding strikes, vigils and pickets outside of hospitals, and rallies at federal offices are being held in several states during what has been dubbed Global Ebola Awareness Day. By Heather Punke -

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