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  1. Moody's affirms Northeast Health System's 'Baa1' rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "Baa1" rating on Beverly, Mass.-based Northeast Health System's $45 million of debt. By Erin Marshall -
  2. 16 recent hospital outlook and credit rating actions

    The following hospital and health system rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place in the last week, starting with the most recent.  By Erin Marshall -
  3. Good Shepherd Rehabilitation selects Cerner to implement EHR, RCM solutions

    Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pa., has selected Cerner to implement an integrated EHR system and end-to-end revenue cycle management solutions.  By Kelly Gooch -

How workforce optimization can help improve the bottom line and quality of care

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With labor accounting for 50 to 60 percent of hospital operating costs, making workforce optimization the center of operational strategy is critical to a hospital's long-term sustainability.
  1. 3 healthcare providers on keeping bills error free

    Many medical bills contain errors or overcharges. In fact, billing advocates and other health professionals estimate up to 80 percent of medical bills contain errors.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Poll reveals widening gap between favorable and unfavorable views of the ACA

    The gap between unfavorable and favorable views of the Affordable Care Act widened this month compared to March, according to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.   By Kelly Gooch -
  3. 5 initial reactions to the proposed MACRA rule

    CMS issued the 962-page proposed rule Wednesday for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act to reform physician Medicare payments in the wake of the repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula. The proposed rule was met with mixed reactions in the healthcare industry. Here we highlight five initial responses.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Medicare drug pricing proposal met with little support on Capitol Hill

    The five-year pilot program to reduce drug prices in Medicare Part B proposed by the Obama administration has proved unpopular on both sides of the aisle in Congress, The Hill reports.  By Emily Rappleye -

Acquiring and retaining the best ED docs

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For a hospital administrator determined to have an outstanding emergency department, a limited supply of EM docs and ever-increasing demand and competition certainly poses a challenge.
  1. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of April 25-29

    A Michigan hospital set to lose Medicare funding most captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Moody's preliminary numbers show nonprofit healthcare profitability margins at multi-year high

    The nonprofit hospital annual median revenue growth rate increased to 7.4 percent in fiscal year 2015, surpassing the median expense growth rate for the second consecutive year, according to preliminary FY 2015 nonprofit and public hospital medians from Moody's Investors Service.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Augusta Health billing glitch occurs after vendor change

    Officials with Fishersville, Va.-based Augusta Health said the organization experienced a billing delay after a vendor change resulted in some patient accounts being "sidetracked," according to a News Leader report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Ochsner recognized for improvements implemented across spend and revenue cycle segments

    New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System received the Healthcare Business Summit's President's Award for improvements exceeding $50 million.  By Kelly Gooch -
  1. S&P assigns 'AA/A-1+' rating to Mayo Clinic's bonds

    Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has assigned an "AA/A-1+" rating to Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic's series 2016 revenue bonds, affecting $75 million. By Erin Marshall -
  2. Moody's assigns 'A1' rating to Children's Hospital Colorado's bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "A1" rating to Aurora-based Children's Hospital Colorado's proposed $242 million of series 2016A, 2016B and 2016C bonds. By Erin Marshall -
  3. No 2 prices the same: 13 findings on healthcare price variation across the U.S.

    Commercially insured Americans in some states pay more than twice what their counterparts in other states pay for healthcare, according to a study from the Health Care Cost Institute.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. New Jersey hospitals to receive $33M in extra Medicare funding

    Twenty New Jersey hospitals are expected to receive an extra $33 million from federal officials to help cover the costs of treating Medicare patients, Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker announced Wednesday.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. Dameron Hospital closes maternal health services, affecting 70 workers

    Dameron Hospital in Stockton, Calif., has closed its labor and delivery and postpartum units, neonatal intensive care unit and pediatrics, according to a Fox40 report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Michigan hospital set to lose Medicare status over patient suicide

    CMS has warned St. John River District Hospital in East China Township, Mich., that it will lose its Medicare funding May 7 unless corrections are made at the hospital, according to The Times Herald.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. This week's 5 must-reads for hospital CFOs

    Here are five articles published on Becker's Hospital Review this past week that offer insight on CMS' Medicaid managed care final rule, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and financial growth of healthcare companies.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. 8 healthcare CFOs in the headlines

    Here are eight healthcare industry CFOs who were in the news this past week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. UCSF receives $185M gift for new neurosciences research center, clinic

    Philanthropists Joan and Sandy Weill have donated the largest-ever gift to UC San Francisco, according to The Mercury News. The $185 million donation will be used to establish a new institute focused on developing new therapies for brain and nervous system diseases and psychiatric disorders. By Tamara Rosin -

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