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  1. The role of affiliations and consolidation in the healthcare ecosystem

    Consolidations and affiliations take many forms. During a panel session I moderated at our firm's Healthcare Executive Summit, held this past summer in Chicago, healthcare leaders shared their experiences and ideas about how other healthcare providers can engage in affiliations and other partnerships in their own environments.  By Matt Weekley, National Healthcare Practice Leader, Plante Moran -
  2. Steward's closure of Quincy Medical Center may violate agreement with Massachusetts Attorney General

    Boston-based Steward Health Care System may be in hot water with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley for planning to shut down Quincy (Mass.) Medical Center, according to a report from The Boston Globe.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. You've got mail: 8 findings on physician-patient online communication

    While the convenience of email may be conducive for patients, physicians are often concerned the impact of online communication will be a burden on their time, productivity and reimbursement, according to a recent study in Health Affairs. Despite patients' interest, recent data suggests only 9 percent of physicians offered a patient portal that could allow secure messaging. By Tamara Rosin -

CEOs & CIOs speak on the state of healthcare 

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  1. Poll: Employers cite healthcare costs as No. 1 company challenge

    Only 45 percent of small and mid-sized business executives say they are ready for the implementation of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a recent survey conducted by the Lucas Group. The employer mandate will become effective in 2015 and requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide healthcare coverage or be subject to fines. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -

ASC Transactions & Physician Compensation

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  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 -

How to Align Information Security and Safety

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  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 -
  5. 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 -
  6. 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. -
  7. 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 -
  8. 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 -
  9. 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 -

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