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  1. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -

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  1. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -

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. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -
  1. Partners CEO blames state's restriction on mergers for rising costs, stymied growth

    Boston-based Partners HealthCare's chief executive spoke at length during a panel discussion Tuesday, saying state regulators' rejection of the health system's previous attempts to expand are partially to blame for high healthcare costs, according to a Common Wealth magazine report. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Maryland hospital at risk of losing Medicare funding

    CMS has warned Fort Washington (Md.) Medical Center that it will be terminated from the Medicare program effective Nov. 16 unless the hospital corrects deficiencies found there during an investigation, according to a Washington Business Journal report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. 6 latest CFO moves in hospitals, health systems

    The following hospital and health system CFO moves were announced or completed since Sept. 9, beginning with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison and Kelly Gooch -
  4. Moody's downgrades Reading Hospital and Medical Center's rating to 'A2'

    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Reading (Pa.) Hospital and Medical Center's bonds to "A2" from "A1," affecting $364 million of outstanding debt. By Erin Marshall -
  5. Moody's places Fremont-Rideout Health Group's 'A3' rating under review for downgrade

    Moody's Investors Service has placed Calif.-based Fremont-Rideout Health Group's "A3" rating under review for downgrade, affecting $112 million of rated revenue bonds. By Erin Marshall -
  6. Moody's affirms Murray-Calloway County Public Hospital's rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "Baa3" rating on Murray (Ky.)-Calloway County Public Hospital's series 2007 and series 2010 fixed rate bonds, affecting $40.6 million of rated debt. By Erin Marshall -
  7. Moody's affirms Major Hospital's 'Baa2' rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "Baa2" rating on Shelbyville, Ind.-based Major Hospital's series 2014A fixed rate revenue bonds, affecting $53.3 million. By Erin Marshall -
  8. Moody's assigns 'A1' rating to Sanford Health's bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "A1" rating to Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health's proposed series 2015 fixed rate revenue bonds. By Erin Marshall -
  9. Moody's withdraws 'A1' ratings on Mercy Health's bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has withdrawn Cincinnati-based Mercy Health's underlying "A1" ratings on the series 2008A and series 2008B bonds, affecting $200 million. By Erin Marshall -

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