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  1. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of Nov. 3-7

    All five of the major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices decrease last week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. HHS significantly lowers estimation for 2015 open enrollment sign-ups

    HHS has projected marketplace enrollment in 2015 will be between 9 million and 9.9 million people, which is significantly lower than the 13 million people the Congressional Budget Office projected would enroll.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. CHS to sell Riverview Regional Medical Center to Prime Healthcare

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems has signed a definitive agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, Ala., and its related outpatient services, to Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services.  By Ayla Ellison -

Information governance in healthcare

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. Kaiser Hospitals, Health Plan post net income of $997M in Q3

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan have reported combined operating revenue of $14.2 billion for the third quarter of this year, up from the $13.2 billion recorded in the same period of 2013.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Bert Fish Medical Center in exclusive partnership talks with Florida Hospital

    The board that oversees Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., has voted to only engage in partnership discussions with Florida Hospital in Tampa, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Thousands of nurses start 2-day strike today over Ebola preparedness

    A strike organized by National Nurses United that will stop the work of roughly 18,000 nurses at nearly 90 hospitals and clinics in California started Tuesday at 7 a.m. By Heather Punke -
  4. NYC physician recovers from Ebola, to be discharged today

    Craig Spencer, MD, the patient being treated for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, has been declared Ebola-free and will be released from the hospital today, according to an NBC News report. By Heather Punke -

5 Practices for Labor Cost & Care Quality 

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. All Texas Health Presbyterian workers, contacts cleared of Ebola

    All employees and staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who cared for the hospital's Ebola patients, as well as their contacts, have been cleared of risk of developing the disease. By Heather Punke -
  2. Taking the OR from good to great

    In today's healthcare market, the "good OR" is no longer good enough By Patricia May, Barbara McClenathan and Dhir Desai, Surgical Directions -
  3. University of Illinois proposes new medical school focused on engineering, tech

    Chancellor Phyllis Wise of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced a projected budget last week for a new engineering- and technology-focused medical school, according to the Chicago Tribune.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Physicians dissatisfied with contracts under PPACA

    Physicians say new contracts with hospitals and insurers under PPACA limit their practices and force them to take lower payments, according to Insurance News Net.  By Emily Rappleye -

The New PPACA Payments Environment

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. 100 things to know about Medicare and Medicaid

    An overview of Medicare and Medicaid, including the history, innovation and the politics behind them.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Getting nurse-patient ratios right

    Nursing unions are campaigning strenuously in Washington, DC and state capitals for legislation mandating nurse-patient ratios in hospitals. They are right to highlight the connection between those ratios and quality healthcare, but the solution that they propose focuses on the wrong end of the problem and is generating a political stalemate rather than progress. The best way to address the problem is not through mandates but through optimal management of patient flow and transparency.  By Eugene Litvak, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Optimization, and Adjunct Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. -
  3. Creating a care coordination infrastructure to achieve triple aim goals

    Realizing improved financial and patient health outcomes by emphasizing prevention instead of intervention has been a challenge for healthcare organizations to achieve in our fragmented healthcare system since the 1990s. While technological advancements have increased access to preventive health services — including screenings, health behavior counseling, and immunizations —Americans receive only 50 percent of these recommended services. Avoiding financial penalties is also an increasing challenge for more than 2,600 hospitals that will lose Medicare payments in 2015 as a result of having an excessive number of hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge.  By Judith Pearlson, RN, MS, CPHQ, Executive Consultant in the Advisory Services Group at Beacon Partners -
  4. 10 physician leaders to follow on Twitter

    The use of social media platforms such as Twitter has transformed the way news, information and opinions are disseminated. Healthcare leaders have taken to Twitter as a direct, effective mechanism for communicating with the public, developing their organization's image and growing their reach over consumers.  By Tamara Rosin -
  5. What you need to know about the PPACA today: 10 recent articles

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is one of the most highly contested healthcare laws and continues to be actively debated by legislatures, providers and patients alike. Among other factors, the recent midterm elections mark a critical shift in the political landscape, which may have an impact on the future of the PPACA.  By Tamara Rosin -
  6. Allina Health CFO stepping down amid job cuts

    Minneapolis-based Allina Health CFO Duncan Gallagher will leave his position at the end of this year as the system lays off another round of employees, although the move may not be related to the cuts, according to a recent report in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. By Tamara Rosin -
  7. Mercy Health-Cincinnati and Walgreens sign clinical collaboration agreement

    Mercy Health-Cincinnati and Walgreens have signed a clinical collaboration agreement, under which the two will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services while improving healthcare access for patients in the Greater Cincinnati area.  By Shannon Barnet -
  8. 8 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

    The following hospital mergers, acquisitions and affiliations took place within the past week, beginning with the most recent.  By Shannon Barnet -
  9. Hospital and health system C-suite base salaries: 12 statistics

    CEOs at independent hospitals saw the largest average base salary increase, 6.4 percent, between 2013 and 2014, according to the 2014 Manager and Executive Compensation in Hospitals and Health Systems Survey from Sullivan, Cotter and Associates.  By Shannon Barnet -

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