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  1. 6-Step action plan for a successful denial management solution

    Revamping the claim denials process is at the top of most hospital CFOs' minds in 2015. By Alyssa DiSalvatore, Director, Sales and Brand Management, VARO Healthcare -
  2. 10 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 -
  3. 5 CFOs in the headlines this week

    Here are five CFOs in the healthcare industry who were in the news this past week.  By Ayla Ellison -

5 Practices for Labor Cost & Care Quality 

Healthcare organizations are driving labor cost containment and quality of care initiatives by leveraging workforce data. Learn more about the top five workforce management best practices as identified by 124 senior leaders in a recent Health Leaders survey and understand how these strategies can help your organization achieve cost and quality improvements.
  1. Moody's assigns 'Aa2' rating to BJC Health's bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "Aa2" rating to St. Louis-based BJC Health System's proposed $150 million of series 2015 taxable fixed rate revenue bonds.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Moody's affirms Calvert Health System's bond rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "A3" rating assigned to Frederick, Maryland-based Calvert Health System's outstanding debt issued through the Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Fitch affirms rating on Memorial outstanding debt

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed the "AA-/F1+" ratings on the outstanding debt of  Memorial Health Services known as MemorialCare Health System, a six-hospital network based in Fountain Valley, Calif.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. How proposed Medicaid cuts would impact Quad Cities hospitals

    Hospitals in the Quad Cities would see a significant impact to their bottom line if Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's (R) proposed $1.5 billion cut to the state's Medicaid program go through, according to a Quad-City Times report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  1. Moody's upgrades UNC Hospital's outlook to stable

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed Chapel Hill-based University of North Carolina Hospital's "Aa3" and "Aa3/VMIG 1" debt ratings and upgraded the hospital's outlook from negative to stable.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. UnitedHealthcare, Carolinas HealthCare provide conflicting information after split

    Carolinas HealthCare System, based in Charlotte, N.C., and UnitedHealthcare have been providing conflicting information since the contract between the two parties expired at the end of February, according to a Charlotte Observer report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. University Medical Center of El Paso, El Paso Children's Hospital could resume negotiations

    University Medical Center of El Paso has agreed to resume mediation with El Paso (Texas) Children's Hospital to resolve an ongoing financial battle between the two, according to an El Paso Times report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. HCA, Tenet and CHS shares rally after pivotal justice criticizes PPACA challenge

    Major for-profit hospital operators' stock prices rallied Wednesday as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who holds a key vote in a lawsuit threatening the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, questioned the challenge to the health reform law, according to a Bloomberg report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  1. Mayo, Trinity, Geisinger and BJC's latest financial results

    This week the following four health systems released financial results.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Sustainability in healthcare; 3 key thoughts

    With nearly everyone in healthcare — from C-suite executives to department managers, suppliers and vendors — concerned with financial goals and strengthening the bottom line, it can be challenging to engage a hospital in environmental activities that don't offer immediate financial gain, according to a "Greener Hospitals: Building Consensus for Health Care Sustainability" report co-sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania's Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Moody's affirms Northeast Hospital Authority's bond rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "A2" rating on Kingwood, Texas-based Northeast Hospital Authority's series 1997 bonds.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. CFO Mike Murray: Providing financial oversight in long-term acute care

    Mike Murray serves as CFO of Irving, Texas-based CHRISTUS Continuing Care, providing oversight and support for the financial operations of the various Continuing Care entities.  By Shannon Barnet -
  5. How the PPACA has impacted hospital reimbursement and revenue cycle

    A new report by national accounting firm Crowe Horwath reveals that Medicaid expansion and healthcare reform accentuate a year of consistent progression toward a new delivery model in the healthcare industry.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Moody's: PPACA challenge carries significant risk for nonprofit hospitals

    A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court striking down subsidies in the 34 states that did not establish their own health insurance exchanges would have various credit effects on nonprofit hospitals, according to a comment discussion of King v. Burwell from Moody's Investor's Service.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. Hospitals' contribution to the economy: $2.6T, 5.6M jobs

    U.S. community hospitals generated nearly $2.6 trillion for the country's economy in 2013, including 5.6 million jobs, according to report released Wednesday by the American Hospital Association.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. Trinity Health's bottom line takes a hit in first half of FY 2015

    Livonia, Mich.-based nonprofit system Trinity Health posted an operating surplus of $221.4 million on $7.1 billion in revenue for the six months ended Dec. 31, 2014, compared to its operating surplus of $170.5 million on $6.7 billion in revenue for the same period of the prior year.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. Mayo Clinic posts highest operating margin in more than 25 years

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic reported operating income of $834.3 million in fiscal year 2014, a 36.3 percent increase over its operating income of $612.1 million the previous year.  By Ayla Ellison -