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  1. Healthcare now spending billions to defend the IT systems it spent billions to install

    The recent wave of healthcare data breaches and their extremely high recovery costs has reinforced the urgent need to invest in protecting the digital patient medical records healthcare organizations have spent billions of dollars to install, according to a recent report from Politico. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Government overly reliant on AMA for determining Medicare reimbursement, investigation finds

    A recent federal investigation has determined the government relies too heavily on counsel from the American Medical Association when deciding how much to compensate physicians under Medicare, and furthermore, these decisions may be biased because of potential conflicts of interest, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. UnityPoint Health operating income soars 338% in Q1

    West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health's operating income jumped 338.5 percent in the three months that ended March 31, to $19.3 million, as the system's net patient service revenue and premium revenue increased, according to UnityPoint's recently released unaudited consolidated statements of operations.  By Ayla Ellison -

5 tips to make your anesthesia program as efficient as possible

Your surgical service is the engine that drives your hospital’s bottom line, and any inefficiency can disrupt everything—from the number of surgical cases your hospital handles to its ability to attract new patients and physicians—thus hindering profitability. This white paper outlines five tips to help make your anesthesia program reach or exceed “best practice” levels.
  1. Competing health insurers show interest in taking over Humana: 3 key points

    There have been whispers of Humana possibly being acquired by a competing health insurer, and now people familiar with the matter have confirmed Humana has engaged in preliminary discussions with at least two major payers, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Trinity Health operating income increases while net income falls 57%

    Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health reported operating income of $290 million for the nine months that ended March 31, up from $212.5 million for the same period a year ago, while the system's net income plummeted, according to Trinity's recently released unaudited quarterly report for the third quarter of fiscal 2015.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Judge rules UPMC must offer in-network access to Highmark Medicare Advantage members

    Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini granted the state's motion on Friday, requiring UPMC to continue to provide in-network access to Highmark Medicare Advantage members until 2019, which is the duration of the consent decree UPMC and Highmark entered into last summer, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. SSM Health to purchase St. Louis University Hospital

    St. Louis-based SSM Health plans to expand its network through the purchase of St. Louis University Hospital from St. Louis University, which is in the process of acquiring the hospital from Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. By Tamara Rosin -

Transforming patient expectations into great experiences

Patients are empowered to demand more from their providers. Online medical information and access to social media makes for a curious and more knowledgeable patient who has high expectations of service and a lower tolerance for indifference.
  1. The PPACA effect on physician practices: 7 statistics

    Studies show the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has reduced the rate of uninsured patients, but what does this mean for practices' payer mix?  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Friday Feel Good: A final toast

    A dose of feel-good to kick off the weekend.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. 100 latest hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following 100 hospital and health system president and CEO moves were announced or made since mid-March. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Tamara Rosin -
  4. 17 latest hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves were announced or made in the last week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -

Why your EMR won't drive value-based care

You don't know what you don't know. You may think you are providing value-based services to your clients through your EMR, but without the ability to take action and ensure accountable follow-up, are you truly making a positive impact?
  1. Cleveland Clinic hit with $400M lawsuit over Lakewood Hospital closure

    A group of community activists in Lakewood, Ohio, have filed a lawsuit against Cleveland Clinic in an attempt to get the system to continue leasing Lakewood Hospital through 2026 instead of closing it and opening a family health center and emergency department in its place, according to a Crain's Cleveland Business report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. US District Judge blasts Obama administration’s motion to dismiss Republican lawsuit on PPACA

    U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer on Thursday grilled U.S. Justice Department Lawyer, Joel McElvain, JD, during a hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in which the Obama administration filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by House Republicans over the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to Reuters.  By Tamara Rosin -
  3. 8 recent hospital outlook and rating actions

    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. Healthcare a gleaming target for labor unions, report finds

    More so than any other industry, the healthcare sector has become fertile ground for union organizing efforts, according to a new report by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and IRI Consultants, the Washington Bureau Business Journal reported. By Tamara Rosin -
  5. 8 medical schools with the highest student debt

    Here are the top eight medical schools where students graduated with the highest debt, according to U.S. News & World Report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. Yuma Regional Medical Center names new CEO: 3 things to know

    Yuma (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center has named Robert (Bob) J. Trenschel, DO, CEO.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. WellSpan operating income climbs 115% in Q3 while net income falls 80%

    York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health reported operating income of $81.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2015, up 115 percent from the same period a year ago, but the system took a hit on its investments causing its net income to plummet.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. Longview Regional Medical Center CEO resigns: 3 things to know

    Longview (Texas) Regional Medical Center CEO Jim Kendrick will leave his position at the end of July to serve as Network CEO for 10 Oklahoma hospitals affiliated with Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Lehigh Valley Health Network to merge with another Pennsylvania system

    East Stroudsburg, Pa.-based Pocono Health System and Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa., have signed a letter of intent to merge.  By Ayla Ellison -


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