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  1. Moody's assigns 'Aa2' rating to Advocate Health Care Network's bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "Aa2" rating to Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care Network's proposed $100 million of series 2015 fixed rate revenue bonds to be issued by the Illinois Finance Authority.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Moody's assigns 'A2' to OSF Healthcare System's bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "A2" rating to Ill.-based OSF Healthcare System's $367 million of proposed series 2015A fixed-rate bonds. By Erin Marshall -
  3. CMS enhances funding to test new nursing facility payment model

    CMS announced this week that it is infusing more funds into the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.  By Kelly Gooch -

Reverse-engineering payer behavior

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  1. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of Aug. 24-28

    As China's market crash left investors unsettled and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 1,000 points in early trading, some of the major for-profit hospital operators fared better than others. This news captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 5 recent hospital outlook and 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 Ayla Ellison -
  3. Fitch affirms 'A+' rating on Lahey Hospital's bonds

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed the "A+" rating on $48.7 million of series D revenue bonds and $116 million of series C revenue bonds issued on behalf of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., which is part of Lahey Health.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Truven Health Analytics to provide CCJR consulting for hospitals

    Truven Health Analytics has announced it will help hospitals adopt the proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Program by providing consulting support.  By Shannon Barnet -

Practical approaches to patient pre-op prep

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  1. IASIS Healthcare selects Cardon Outreach for RCM services expansion

    IASIS Healthcare, based in Franklin, Tenn., has 6 hospital CFOs in the headlinesCardon Outreach to expand its services at 18 facilities across six states.   By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. UPMC revenue grows to record level despite Highmark breakup

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC reported operating revenue of more than $12 billion for the first time in the fiscal year that ended June 30, up 5.3 percent from revenue of $11.4 billion in FY 2014.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. 10 must-reads for health system CFOs and finance executives

    The CFO role has gained increased attention lately, as the demands, pressures and expectations for those who fill the position evolve. By Tamara Rosin -
  4. HRSA releases 340B Program 'mega guidance': 18 key points

    HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration has released long-awaited guidance on the 340B Drug Pricing Program.  By Ayla Ellison -
  1. 6 hospital CFOs in the headlines

    Here are five hospital and health system CFOs who have been in the news since Aug. 14.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Presbyterian Healthcare Services operating margin increases to 8.8%

    Albuquerque, N.M.-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services reported an 8.8 percent operating margin for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, up from a 6.5 percent operating margin in the same period a year ago.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. MedAssets expands University Health Shreveport relationship, Cardon Outreach & DHS merge & more – 5 RCM company key notes

    Here are five recent news updates on key healthcare revenue cycle management companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Fitch affirms Karnes County Hospital District's 'BBB' rating

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed the "BBB" rating on $46 million of Kenedy, Texas-based Karnes County Hospital District's series 2014 bonds. By Erin Marshall -
  5. Moody's affirms King's Daughters' Health's 'Baa2' rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "Baa2" long-term rating on Madison, Ind.-based King's Daughters' Health's series 2010 fixed-rate revenue bonds, affecting approximately $100 million. By Erin Marshall -
  6. Moody's upgrades Citrus Valley Health Partners' ratings to 'Baa3'

    Moody's Investors Service has upgraded Calif.-based Citrus Valley Health Partners' underlying revenue bond ratings to "Baa3" from "Ba2." By Erin Marshall -
  7. BCBS credentialing delay causes billing problem at Indiana system

    Porter Health Care System in Valparaiso, Ind., recently mailed letters to more than 2,000 patients with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans regarding billing problems, according to NWI Times. By Tamara Rosin -
  8. Top 4 things keeping CFOs up at night

    CFOs across all industries name their biggest concerns for the next 12 months.  By Tamara Rosin -
  9. RCM improvement: Strengthening processes and diversifying revenue streams in FQHCs

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has enabled millions of Americans to obtain health insurance coverage, but many are still unable to afford the plan they purchased.  By Maria Serafine, Consultant, and Joan Dentler, President and CEO, Avanza Healthcare Strategies -

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