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  1. Taylorville Memorial Hospital names Memorial Health System director CEO

    Kimberly L. Bourne, system director of patient safety for Springfield, Ill.-based Memorial Health System, has been named president and CEO of Taylorville (Ill.) Memorial Hospital, effective Jan. 1, 2015. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. VA fires Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System director

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired Terry Gerigk Wolf, director of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System, according to a recent ABC News report. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. CFO pleads guilty to lying about meaningful use for Medicare payments

    Center, Texas-based Shelby Regional Medical Center's former CFO, Joe White, has pleaded guilty to lying before a U.S. Magistrate Judge when attesting to successful meaningful use of an EHR, even though Shelby Regional Medical Center did not meet meaningful use requirements, according to a report from  By Ellie Rizzo -

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. FTC asks Apple: Is patient data safe?

    The Federal Trade Commission is worried about Apple's smartwatch. According to a report from Reuters, the regulatory agency is seeking assurances from Apple that it will take appropriate steps to ensure smartwatch-collected health data doesn't get taken or used without owners' consent. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. 30 largest ACOs by physician participation

    More than 190,000 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants participate in accountable care organizations across the country, according to a recent SK&A market insight report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. 11 recent hospital rating and outlook changes, affirmations

    The following hospital and health system rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place during the past week, starting with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. 5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    The following is a roundup of recently reported healthcare industry lawsuits, lawsuit updates, settlements and resolutions.  By Ayla Ellison -

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. Atlantic General Hospital and Health System joins Delmarva Health Network to participate in MSSP

    Shelbyville, Del.-based Atlantic General Hospital and Health System is joining Delmarva Health Network — a physician-led accountable care organization that was created by nonprofit Lewes, Del.-based Beebe Healthcare — to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Nebraska Medical Center could receive its 3rd Ebola patient

    The Nebraska Medical Center is expected to receive its third Ebola patient, as teams prepare to airlift a physician from Sierra Leone to the Omaha-based hospital. By Heather Punke -
  3. The things I learned from working next to my boss

    Lindsey Dunn never introduced me as anything but her coworker, even when she was editor in chief and I was a lowly reporter.  By Molly Gamble -
  4. 4 strategies to mitigate micromanagement

    They're never happy with project results, enjoy making corrections a little too much and feel the need to keep tabs on employees and projects at all times. Controlling bosses can be more than just a pain in the neck: they can bottleneck production processes and thwart employee development.  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. Parkland Health & Hospital System names John Moore CFO

    John Moore has been named executive vice president and CFO of Dallas-based Parkland Health & Hospital System, effective Jan. 5, 2015. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Supreme Court to hear case against PPACA subsidies: 5 things to know

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's tax subsidies for health insurance. Here are five things to know about the case and the upcoming trial.  By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -
  5. 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 -
  6. 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 -
  7. 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 -
  8. 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 -
  9. 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 -

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