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  1. Will hired hackers hit healthcare?

    Websites that allow people to hire hackers are popping up and gaining popularity, according to a recent report from The New York Times, and these hired hackers are a major concern for hospitals and health systems.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Taos Health Systems names William Patten CEO

    Taos (N.M.) Health Systems has named William D. Patten Jr., CEO, according to Taos News. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. General Assembly moves closer to controlling UPMC's tax-exempt status

    In a 30-19 vote, the Pennsylvania Senate approved a measure that would allow the Pennsylvania General Assembly, rather than the courts, to determine whether organizations qualify as public charities making them exempt from local property taxes.  By Ayla Ellison -

Care coordination in a post-EHR world

You've stabilized your EHR plumbing. Now what? As we start to build out the architecture of a patient, leveraging the digital plumbing of EHR represents a part, but isn't the whole story.
  1. Kaiser Permanente makes major renewable energy purchase: 10 things to know

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente has announced plans to purchase enough renewable energy to replace half of the electricity it currently uses in California.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Illinois governor proposes $1.5B in Medicaid cuts

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), has proposed cutting state spending on Medicaid by $1.5 billion, or roughly 10 percent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Whistle-blower lawsuit sparks federal probe of Humana

    Louisville, Ky.-based Humana has disclosed in a regulatory filing that it is the subject of a federal probe, which is related to a qui tam, or whistle-blower, lawsuit filed against the health insurer.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Survey: Many medical practices missing opportunities to optimize revenue

    Many medical practices do not achieve practice revenue cycle management benchmarks and are potentially missing opportunities to optimize revenue, according to a NextGen Healthcare Information Systems revenue cycle management survey. By Tamara Rosin -

Lessons from Hospital-Physcian ASCs

Case studies from real life situations provide traits of successful joint ventures and pitfalls to avoid. The actions, behaviors and processes of leading a successful hospital/physician ASC partnership help us understand what kind of partnership to establish. 
  1. Rising expenses take toll on Sharp HealthCare's operating margin

    San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare's operating margin fell to 8.3 percent in its first quarter of fiscal 2015, down from an 8.5 percent operating margin for the same period of the previous year.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Partners HealthCare CEO: Merger deal with Hallmark Health on 'pause'

    Boston-based Partners HealthCare will hold off on its plans to merge Melrose, Mass.-based Hallmark Health System into its system, according to a post by Partners President and CEO Gary Gottlieb, MD, on the system's website.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Anthem hit with another class-action lawsuit over data hack

    Following the lead of residents in other states, Colorado residents whose information may have been compromised by the data breach Anthem recently experienced have filed a class-action lawsuit against the insurer, according to The Denver Post.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Physicians less likely to divorce than other professionals

    Despite the long hours and demands of the profession, physicians are more likely to keep the knot tied than other healthcare and non-healthcare professionals, according to a study in published Wednesday in The BMJ. However, the work-life balance is not evenly distributed across genders: Female physicians are much more likely to be divorced than males.  By Emily Rappleye -
  1. Staying physically fit while excelling professionally: 5 key thoughts

    It is common knowledge that maintaining a consistent fitness regimen has mental and spiritual benefits in addition to physical ones, but how much does exercise influence professional success?  By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Rush adds patient feedback to online physician profiles

    Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center joined just four other hospitals nationwide in adding the results of patient evaluation surveys to online physician profiles.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. 6 recent hospital-insurer disputes, agreements

    The following contract disputes and agreements involving hospitals, health systems and insurers were reported within the past few weeks, beginning with the most recent.  By Molly Gamble, Ayla Ellison and Kelly Gooch -
  4. The life of a healthcare CIO: McLaren Port Huron Hospital's Mark Richard

    In collaboration with CHIME, Becker's Hospital Review's "Life of a Healthcare CIO" series features leading hospital and health system CIOs from across the country who are sharing their experiences, best practices and challenges. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  5. Cuba: The next big medical tourism destination?

    As President Barack Obama begins to chip away at the 55-year-old embargo on Cuba, many medical tourism professionals anticipate the island country will be the next top spot for Americans seeking healthcare abroad, according to The New York Times.  By Emily Rappleye -
  6. Will the new IRS rules affect competition between nonprofit and for-profit hospitals?

    Due to reports of some nonprofit hospitals in the country garnishing uninsured and low-income patients' wages for unpaid medical bills, the Internal Revenue Service in December released new rules for tax-exempt hospitals' collection practices.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. 11.4M signed up for health coverage under PPACA

    About 11.4 million people signed up for private health coverage in the 2015 open enrollment period for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's administration recently announced.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. Bankrupt Saint Catherine Regional Hospital to close

    The 64-bed Charlestown, Ind.-based Saint Catherine Regional Hospital locked its doors Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m., owing more than $8 million to over 200 creditors, according to WDRB-TV.  By Emily Rappleye -
  9. Patient experience and quality impacts on reimbursement: 5 things to know

    As hospital and health system reimbursements become more closely tied to clinical outcomes as well as patient satisfaction, patient experience surveys are becoming an increasingly valuable tool for healthcare organizations to guide efforts for improving the patient experience. By Tamara Rosin -


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