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  1. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 5 steps to improve performance management

    Few employees believe their manager excels at even the most basic performance tasks. By Erin Marshall -

5 tips to make your anesthesia program as efficient as possible

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  1. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. Anthem laying off 57 workers in Louisville

    Indianapolis-based Anthem plans to layoff 57 workers from its operations in Louisville, Ky., according to a Louisville Business First report. By Erin Marshall -

Transforming patient expectations into great experiences

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  1. New Jersey hospital stripped of property tax exemption

    A tax court judge ruled June 26 that Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center failed to satisfy the legal test that it operated as a nonprofit, charitable organization, and further held that the hospital should pay property taxes on nearly all of its property, according to an NJ.com report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. First-time MU hospitals can now attest this summer

    Hospitals participating in the meaningful use program for the first time this year will now be allowed to attest this summer. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. A deeper dive into the OIG's kickback alert: Should physicians be worried?

    In early June, HHS' Office of the Inspector General issued a fraud alert addressing physician compensation arrangements. Although the alert merely underscored current law, physicians should take notice of the government's warning.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Michael Stenger named CEO of 3 Northwest Indiana hospital campuses: 4 things to know

    Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance has named Michael Stenger president and CEO of Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer, Ind. and Hammond, Ind., and Franciscan Healthcare in Munster, Ind., effective July 1, according to The Times.  By Kelly Gooch -

Why your EMR won't drive value-based care

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  1. Beyond the burning platform: A recipe for continuous quality improvement

    The old adage of learning from your mistakes isn't just good advice for people; it applies to healthcare organizations as well. When hospitals make mistakes in the form of a patient error or sentinel event, many will snap into action, using the event as a "burning platform" to spur quality improvement to avoid a similar event in the future. By Heather Punke -
  2. Joint Commission to evaluate St. Mary's over patient safety concerns

    The Joint Commission is evaluating patient safety-related events at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., after a CNN investigation claimed the hospital's pediatric mortality rate for open heart surgeries nearly tripled the national average.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. There's no app for that: The human problem of price transparency

    It's easy to kitchen-sink price dysfunction, to blame it on the entire hospital and its hundreds of parts and people. But people feeling flummoxed about where to find or look for price information suggests failure from the top. By Molly Gamble -
  4. 25 things to know about site-neutral payments

    The Medicare program currently pays significantly different rates for services provided in different settings, and site-neutral payments have been considered as one way of eliminating the payment gap. However, that option has proven to be a contentious issue.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. 5 things to know about consumer-directed health plans

    Truven Health Analytics (Ann Arbor, Mich.) recently studied trends in healthcare costs and utilization patterns regarding consumer-directed health plans. By Erin Marshall -
  6. 3 tips to stop unhealthy competition on your team

    Unhealthy competition is too common in today's rapid workplace environment. Eliminating this harmful sense of competition starts with leaders, according to the Harvard Business Review. By Erin Marshall -
  7. Applications open for Medicare shared savings model for rural ACOs

    Accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2014 or later can apply between July 1 and July 31 to take part in the ACO Investment Model. By Erin Marshall -
  8. UNC School of Medicine green-lighted for faculty buyouts: 5 things to know

    UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill has received permission for faculty buyouts over the next year, according to The Herald Sun.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. 3 things to know about Gregg Chartrand, River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic's newly named CFO

    St. Peter, Minn.-based River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic has named Gregg Chartrand CFO, according to a St. Peter Herald report.  By Kelly Gooch -

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