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  1. Moody's downgrades Jefferson Regional Medical Center's bond rating

    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Jefferson Hills, Pa.-based Jefferson Regional Medical Center's bond rating to "Baa3" from "Baa2," affecting approximately $105 million of outstanding debt.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Being a pragmatic strategist: 7 questions CFOs should ask

    As CFOs take on a more strategic role, it is necessary for them to be agents of change within their organizations.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Montana on track to expand Medicaid

    Montana is poised to become the next state to expand Medicaid, according to KRTV.  By Kelly Gooch -

Successful approach to implementing EHR 

For tips on a successful approach to selecting and implementing the right solutions when considering an EHR, legislation updates, economic impact, and electronic record options are just a few of the items that should be considered. 
  1. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of April 20-24

    Cincinnati-based Mercy Health's financial results for fiscal year 2014 and CMS' proposed rule for the fiscal year 2016 Medicare inpatient prospective payment system captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 30 rural hospitals in 2 states at risk of closing

    Rural hospitals in Kansas and Kentucky, like in many other states across the nation, are facing financial struggles, and dozens may close as a result.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. BMC HealthNet dropping Berkshire Health Systems

    Contract negotiations between Boston Medical Center's HealthNet, a Medicaid-managed care plan, and Pittsfield, Mass.-based Berkshire Health Systems have ended with no new contract in place, according to a WAMC report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. 9 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 -

Ways to drive incremental savings

When you think of direct freight management, do you only think of negotiated rates? Negotiating rates is just one small piece of the puzzle -- the real savings are driven by program participation, mode optimization and predictive analytics.
  1. Healthcare costs rising while availability of revolving credit falls: 5 things to know

    While healthcare costs rose in 2014, revolving credit became less available, diminishing consumers' ability to pay for select medical procedures by more than 11 percent, according to TransUnion's latest Healthcare Report. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. S&P revises Kaiser Permanente's outlook to positive, affirms bond ratings

    Standard and Poor's has revised its rating outlook for Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente to positive from stable.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Texas Children's Hospital plans $506M patient tower

    Texas Children's Hospital in Houston is planning the construction of a $506 million patient tower.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. University Hospitals' net income soars 59% in 2014

    Cleveland-based University Hospitals reported net income of $274.7 million for fiscal 2014, up from $173.3 million the year prior, with the system's acquisitions last year serving as the force behind the financial boost.  By Ayla Ellison -
  1. Moody's affirms Scripps Health's bond rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed San Diego-based Scripps Health's "Aa3" underlying and long-term ratings and the "Aa3/VMIG1" rating on the system's series 2012 variable rate demand bonds.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Convergent names new president, The SSI Group acquires patient access software company & more – 5 key notes on RCM companies

    Here are five recent news updates on key companies in the healthcare revenue cycle management field. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Convergent names Mark Schanck president

    Convergent Revenue Cycle Management has promoted Mark Schanck to company president. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Academic medical centers left behind as universities break away

    As academic medical centers become less profitable, some universities are distancing themselves from their medical centers, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Three ways to prep for emerging value-based purchasing models

    The shift to value-based care holds much promise, but many healthcare organizations probably feel like they have one foot in two different canoes while trying to navigate the changing market.  By Eric Chetwynd, Director of Product Strategy at Curaspan -
  6. PPACA approval higher than disapproval for first time since 2012

    For the first time since November 2012, more Americans approve of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act than disapprove of it, according to this month's Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Few consumers report comparing health insurance plans, prices and physicians, poll finds

    Although the federal government has made efforts to increase the availability of health information, few people report comparing health insurance plans, hospitals or physicians on quality and prices, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released this week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. Innovative funding sources provide upgrades to healthcare facilities’ infrastructures

    U.S. hospitals spend nearly $5 billion annually on energy and related costs. Most main hospital buildings in the U.S. are more than 20 years old so it’s not too hard to realize that a significant portion of that spending could be curbed through improvements in energy use. By upgrading energy nationwide, about $100 million could be saved each year in power costs, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).  By Claudia Meer, Managing Director Energy & Structured Finance, Clark Construction Group -
  9. Report: Medicaid expansion enrollment busting projections

    A number of states that have expanded their Medicaid programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have seen enrollment in their Medicaid programs far surpass initial projections, according to a report released this week by the Foundation for Government Accountability.  By Kelly Gooch -