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  1. 11 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 -
  2. S&P raises rating on Asante Health System's revenue debt

    S&P has raised its underlying rating on Medford, Ore.-based Asante Health System's revenue debt to "A+" from "A." By Erin Marshall -
  3. 5 hospitals with strong finances

    Here are five hospitals and health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions based on recent reports from Standard & Poor's Rating Service, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings.  By Ayla Ellison -

Don't miss out on reimbursement opportunities

Surgery centers commonly underestimate the importance of routinely assessing their charge master and ensuring charge levels are appropriate.
  1. Many ACA co-ops in financial turmoil

    Co-ops created under the Affordable Care Act are struggling financially in many of the 23 states where the plans began, leading some to close and others placed under enhanced monitoring, according to The Washington Post. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. RCM tip of the day: Build a multidisciplinary RCM team

    Eliminate the silos that keep your revenue cycle from maximum performance. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Black Book Rankings: 35 top RCM vendors

    Black Book Rankings has released its 2015 rankings of financial and revenue cycle management systems and services. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Considerations for capital spending to maximize returns

    Healthcare CFOs have a lot on their minds these days, but one of the most significant challenges hospitals face is the expected shift from a fee for service reimbursement model to value based payments.  By Kerri Schroeder, Senior Vice President, Credit Products Executive, Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch -

4 keys to improving clinical efficiency

A successful communication strategy at a hospital or health system helps drive clinical efficiency and improve overall patient satisfaction.
  1. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of Oct. 5-9

    A Houston hospital at risk of losing Medicare funding and next week's planned closure of a North Carolina hospital captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 5 healthcare CFOs in the headlines

    Here are five healthcare industry CFOs who were in the news this past week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Transforming the supply chain: Why automation is the key to waste reduction

    The need to increase efficiency and reduce waste is not a new realization for hospitals and health systems. However, a new approach to reimbursement has accelerated the urgency with which health systems must find opportunities to save money and prevent unnecessary spending, according to Heather O'Sullivan, vice president of clinical operations for Cardinal Health™ Inventory Management Solutions. By Tamara Rosin -
  4. Proposed bill could stop Maryland hospital from closing

    Two Maryland legislators will propose a bill that would effectively prevent the closure of Cheverly, Md.-based Dimensions Healthcare System's 106-bed Laurel (Md.) Regional Hospital without approval from the Prince George’s County Council., according to a report from  By Kelly Gooch -
  1. Rural hospitals in nonexpansion states at risk: 4 things to know

    Cost cuts under the Affordable Care Act and the lack of Medicaid expansion in some states could spell disaster for rural hospitals around the country, according to a study published in Health Affairs.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. S&P lowers rating on Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County to 'BBB-'

    S&P has lowered its long-term rating to "BBB-" from "BBB" on Rock Springs, Wyo.-based Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's series 2013A fixed rate revenue bonds, affecting $26.8 million. By Erin Marshall -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Add consent for communication preferences to patient-facing materials

    Streamline patient communications on payment plan options and more. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. McLaren Health selects Cerner's RCM solutions, Scripps Health expands MedAssets agreement & more –4 RCM company key notes

    Here are four news updates on key healthcare revenue cycle management companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. Texas hospital files for bankruptcy, blames insurers for troubles

    Forest Park Medical Center's San Antonio hospital has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a Dallas Business Journal report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. Novant Health to close North Carolina hospital

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health is closing Franklin Medical Center in Louisbug, N.C., on Oct. 16, according to a Triad Business Journal report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. The most expensive US cities for 7 common medical procedures

    The prices of standard medical services continue to vary wildly across the U.S., even within the same cities, according to the 2015 U.S. Costliest Cities Analysis by Castlight Health.  By Emily Rappleye -
  8. S&P revises Miami Children's Hospital's rating to 'A+'

    S&P has raised its long-term rating to "A+" from "A" on Miami Children's Hospital's following bonds. By Erin Marshall -
  9. Lifetime of healthcare costs up 11% in one year, study shows

    A lifetime's toll of out-of-pocket costs for healthcare services is 29 percent higher this year than in 2005, and 11 percent higher than 2014 alone, according to Time. By Tamara Rosin -

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