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  1. 50 statistics and benchmarks for CFOs to know

    Here are 50 statistics and benchmarks for hospital and health system CFOs to know.  By Tamara Rosin -
  2. 10 latest hospital, health system layoffs

    The following hospitals and health systems shared plans for or implemented layoffs in June, starting with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Partners HealthCare to close Union Hospital, cut about 100 positions: 9 things to know

    Boston-based Partners HealthCare announced it will close its Union Hospital in Lynn, Mass., as part of a plan to consolidate services in the North Shore region and open a dedicated behavioral health center, according to The Boston Globe.  By Kelly Gooch -

5 tips to make your anesthesia program as efficient as possible

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  1. 10 things to know about Bernie Sanders' healthcare views

    Here are 10 things to know about Sen. Bernie Sanders' views on healthcare issues. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Medical companies paid physicians, teaching hospitals $6.49B in 2014

    Drug and medical device makers paid physicians and teaching hospitals $6.49 billion last year, according to the most recent round of data published through CMS' Open Payments website.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. 10 largest for-profit hospital systems | 2015

    Here are 10 of the largest for-profit hospital systems in the U.S., based on number of acute-care hospitals.  By Erin Marshall -
  4. What makes an 'ideal' Chief Quality Officer?

    In many healthcare organizations, quality-related functions fall under the umbrella of the chief clinical officer or are spread out among other qualified clinicians or executives. Increasingly, however, the industry is witnessing the growth of the chief quality officer role.  By Shannon Barnet -

Transforming patient expectations into great experiences

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  1. Capella to acquire hospitals from Ascension, expand network in 2 states

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Capella Healthcare has signed letters of intent to acquire Pasco, Wash.-based Lourdes Health Network and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, which are both currently part of St. Louis-based Ascension.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. More than half of healthcare providers lack new reimbursement tools: 6 findings

    Finance departments at healthcare providers need to adjust to new payment models, but only 15 percent say they have the "very sophisticated" capabilities to support capitation, bundled payments and quality-based payments that account for an increasingly larger component of revenue, according to a survey by KPMG, the U.S.-based audit, tax and advisory firm.   By Kelly Gooch -
  3. SEIU Healthcare targets Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in TV ads

    A healthcare workers union has launched TV ads criticizing budget cuts proposed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Lexington Medical Center promotes Tod Augsburger to CEO role: 4 things to know

    Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, S.C., has named Tod Augsburger president and CEO, effective Oct. 1.  By Kelly Gooch -

Why your EMR won't drive value-based care

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  1. Wrangell Medical Center CEO leaving for Washington: 3 things to know

    Wrangell (Alaska) Medical Center CEO Marla Sanger is leaving her position, effective Oct. 30, according to a SitNews report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 14 hospital transactions and partnerships in June

    The following hospital mergers, acquisitions and general transactions took place or were announced in June, beginning with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. IRS provides clarification on hospital financial assistance policy requirements

    The IRS has provided clarification on the final rule it issued last December, requiring hospital financial assistance policies to include a list of the providers delivering emergency or other medically necessary care and whether the each provider is covered by the financial assistance policy.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Healthcare deals down year-over-year in June

    There were 83 healthcare industry transactions in June 2015, down from 120 deals in June 2014, according to a report from Irving Levin Associates.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. CHI revenue increases while operating loss grows to $66.7M

    Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives reported an operating loss of $66.7 million for the third quarter of its fiscal year, not including restructuring charges, compared to an operating loss of $32.6 million for the same period a year ago.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. 5 steps to improve performance management

    Few employees believe their manager excels at even the most basic performance tasks. By Erin Marshall -
  7. How talent management affects VBP performance: 5 findings

    Hospitals that have implemented talent management and succession planning best practices score higher on metrics in CMS' Value-Based Purchasing program, which are tied to reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medicaid. By Erin Marshall -
  8. Infection control & quality in the US: 2015 mid-year report

    It has been a busy start to 2015 for infection control and prevention professionals and patient safety experts, with several big stories dominating the news cycle so far this year.  By Heather Punke -
  9. Union sues feds over data breach: 5 key points

    The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal workers union, has filed a class action lawsuit against the government in response to the massive data breach of the Office Personnel Management, according to The Hill. By Carrie Pallardy -

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