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  1. The Jonathan Gruber PPACA tax controversy: What it says about politics and taxes

    As part of the follow up discussions related to the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, much has been made in the last two weeks on statements put forth by Jonathan Gruber, PhD, in various speeches captured on video.  By Scott Becker -
  2. Regional Health names Brent Phillips president and CEO

    Rapid City, S.D.-based Regional Health has named Brent R. Phillips, MHA, MBA, president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2015. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. Vanderbilt Medical Center separates from university

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., plans to become independent from the university to expand the Vanderbilt Affiliated Health Network, according to The Tennessean.  By Emily Rappleye -

Information governance in healthcare

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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. Why 4M Americans don't have access to health insurance post-PPACA

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act originally required states to expand their Medicaid programs to cover those earning as much as 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or $27,310 for a family of three. However, a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision made Medicaid expansion optional, which has left millions of Americans without access to health coverage, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Can your hospital survive as an independent hospital? 9 questions to ask

    One of the most pressing questions facing hospital boards today is whether their hospital can survive as an independent organization. Over the years, Becker's Hospital Review has examined this dilemma in various formats. Here are some thoughts on the issue, in the form of eight to 10 questions, for a board to consider.  By Scott Becker and Molly Gamble -
  3. Bending the cost curve with the help of a dedicated cost leader

    Like quality improvement, cost improvement needs a single senior leader who is responsible for driving cost improvement throughout the organization.  By Liz Kirk, Vice President of Cost Management Solutions, Strata Decision Technology -
  4. Federal exchange site is working, and much better than last year

    This year, the federal health insurance exchange website seems to be working well enough that as of Sunday, the day after sign-up went live, 100,000 people had submitted insurance applications, according to a report from The New York Times. By Ellie Rizzo -

5 Practices for Labor Cost & Care Quality 

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  1. Hospital executive roundtable: Accomplishments, challenges of 2014

    This year has been another one full of change, challenges and opportunities for provider organizations and those who lead them. Here, three hospital and health system CEOs and chief administrative officers reflect on the year and the lessons they learned along the way. By Heather Punke -
  2. Ascension posts $86.99M net loss for Q1

    St. Louis-based Ascension Health has posted a net loss of $86.99 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, which ended Sept. 30.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. HHS withdraws 340B 'mega rule'

    The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration has withdrawn sweeping regulations for the 340B drug pricing program and instead intends to issue proposed guidance addressing key policy issues beginning in 2015.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. How employers plan to combat rising insurance costs: 5 findings

    From 2012 to 2013, employers' average cost for health plans grew 5 percent. However, employers expect a greater increase for some plan types this year and are using a number of strategies to help manage the rising costs, according to a recent Aon Hewitt report.  By Ayla Ellison -

The New PPACA Payments Environment

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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. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of Nov. 10-14

    All five of the major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices fall last week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Americans tune into health apps: 7 findings

    The permeation of technology throughout the healthcare industry has allowed patients to take a more proactive, competitive and informed approach to their healthcare. While healthcare technology has primarily been introduced from the provider end of treatment, recent innovations can potentially provide patients with the tools to conduct tests on themselves and track conditions. According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, many people are interested in using applications designed for mobile devices for various medical uses.  By Tamara Rosin -
  3. 6 latest CFO moves in hospitals, health systems

    The following hospital and health system CFO moves were announced or implemented in the past month, beginning with the most recent.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. 13 recent hospital, health system capital projects

    Here are thirteen capital projects at hospitals and health systems that were recently announced, started or completed, beginning with the most recent.  By Shannon Barnet -
  5. 7 recent hospital recent hospital transactions and partnerships

    The following hospital mergers, acquisitions and affiliations took place within the past week, beginning with the most recent.  By Shannon Barnet -
  6. Ebola patient dies at Nebraska Medical Center

    An Ebola patient who was brought to The Nebraska Medical Center from Sierra Leone over the weekend has died in the Omaha hospital. By Heather Punke -
  7. Teaching the Internet to whisper: The evolution of HIPAA

    The Internet has become a tool of unprecedented growth. In healthcare, the increased levels of connectivity provide opportunities for enhanced care coordination and innovation. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  8. 6 leadership priority shifts in 2015

    Here are six key findings from the Fall 2014 Economic Outlook survey by Washington, D.C.-based Premier.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Climbing the career ladder like a lady

    Men and women get to the top in different ways, according to Harvard Business Review. In an analysis of Fortune 500 CEOs, Harvard Business Review found commitment is the key to the C-suite. This is especially true for women, who spent a median of 23 years at one company before landing the job as CEO. It took women 50 percent longer than men to get to the top, who earned CEO titles in a median of 15 years.  By Emily Rappleye -

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