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  1. Grady Memorial ends BCBS contract today

    Atlanta-based Grady Memorial Hospital is leaving the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia network today due to a contract dispute, according to Atlanta Daily World.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Independent oncologists dwindle, cancer patients accept rising costs

    The changing economics of cancer medicine are causing independent oncology practices to close and patient costs to rise significantly, according to The New York Times.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. In transition to value, CIOs must buy services — not software

    "IT should be one of the places healthcare organizations actively look to save money. This will create an unusual opportunity for CIOs to become the value-based champions every healthcare organization wants on staff."  By Dick Escue, CIO, Valley View Hospital -

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. University General Health System names Kris Trent CFO

    Houston-based University General Health System has promoted Kris Trent, CPA, to CFO. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. 560 employees to be hired at Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital during current fiscal year

    The new $750 million Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio is working to hire hundreds of employees, according to a Columbus Dispatch report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Healthcare in New York State: 10 things to know

    There are approximately 19.7 million people living in New York State, with more than 8.4 million residing in The Big Apple alone, according to the most recent census data. Given the state's huge population, New York hospitals and health systems have a considerable impact on the industry as a whole.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. 68 False Claims Act cases unsealed since October: 5 things to know

    Since October, 68 healthcare lawsuits filed under the qui tam, or whistle-blower, provisions of the False Claims Act have been unsealed, according to a National Law Review report.  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. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of Nov. 17-21

    All five of the major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices increase last week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 6 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

    The following hospital mergers, acquisitions and affiliations took place or were announced within the past week, beginning with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Orlando Health posts $41.5M operating surplus

    Nonprofit Orlando (Fla.) Health reported a $41.5 million operating surplus for the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014, up from the $2.7 million surplus it reported for the same period last year.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. IASIS Healthcare's revenue up 16.4% in Q4

    Franklin, Tenn.-based IASIS Healthcare's revenue increased to $655.4 million in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014, up from $563 million in the same period one year ago.  By Ayla Ellison -

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. 10 must-reads for healthcare leaders

    The following articles from the past two weeks discuss important topics and issues for healthcare leaders. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. 50 things to know about Medicaid expansion

    As one of the most contentious provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion has affected both for-profit and nonprofit hospitals and health systems and served as a point of contention in political campaigns.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Cleveland Clinic names president for new Avon Hospital

    The Cleveland Clinic has promoted Rebecca Starck, MD, as president of the new Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital. By Tamara Rosin -
  4. Rich Umbdenstock to retire as AHA CEO

    Rich Umbdenstock, MHSA, president and CEO of Chicago-based American Hospital Association, has announced plans to retire at the end of 2015. By Tamara Rosin -
  5. Summit, Humana to form ACO in Tennessee

    Louisville, Ky.-based Humana and Knoxville, Tenn.-based Summit Medical Group announced a seven-year agreement to create an accountable care organization in East Tennessee for Humana Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, effective Jan 1.  By Emily Rappleye -
  6. 7 things to know on how Obama's undocumented immigration plan impacts healthcare

    Roughly 5 million undocumented immigrants will be protected from deportation under President Barack Obama's most recent executive order, according to a report from Politico.  By Shannon Barnet -
  7. DOJ recovers $2.3B in healthcare False Claims Act cases in FY 2014

    The Department of Justice has announced it recovered  $5.69 billion in civil settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act in fiscal year 2014, with $2.3 billion resulting from false claims cases against federal healthcare programs.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. 17 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves occurred within the last week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent. By Tamara Rosin -
  9. Just 1% of organizations will eliminate healthcare coverage, survey finds

    Despite employers' uncertainty of healthcare reform and its related costs, only 1 percent of organizations expect to eliminate healthcare coverage in 2015, and large organizations anticipate more changes to their health plans than small organizations, according to the Society for Human Resource Management 2014 Health Benefits Survey. By Tamara Rosin -

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