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  1. RCM tip of the day: Mitigate spikes in denial rates during the ICD-10 transition

    The official ICD-10 implementation date is one month from today, and providers are still in the process of preparing for the potential impact on the revenue cycle. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. How the Cadillac tax will affect flexible spending accounts: 5 things to know

    Some experts predict the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac tax" — a 40 percent excise tax on high-cost employer-based health plans — will be the death of flexible spending accounts, according to Politico.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Fitch: For-profit hospital industry seeing less immediate benefits of ACA — 7 key takeaways

    Benefits of the Affordable Care Act are beginning to taper off for the for-profit hospital sector, according to Fitch Ratings' recent report. By Tamara Rosin -

Who's raising your patients' expectations?

The consumer technology revolution has changed the world, and with it your patients’ lives and their expectations. As a result, patients have been conditioned to expect frictionless, modern, digital experiences in every aspect of their life, including their care.
  1. NJ State Senate President pushes to tax nonprofit hospitals

    New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) says he is dedicated to passing legislation that would require nonprofit hospitals to pay property taxes and businesses to provide paid sick days to employees, according to an report. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Scripps Q3 revenues grow; margins flat: 6 things to know

    San Diego-based Scripps Health reported an operating margin of 5.2 percent for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, down from an operating margin of 5.3 percent in the same period a year ago.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Moody's assigns 'Aa3' to Providence Health & Services' bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "Aa3" rating to Providence Health & Services' proposed $71.1 million of series 2015C fixed-rate revenue bonds. By Erin Marshall -
  4. Fitch rates Advocate Health Care's bonds

    Fitch Ratings has assigned an "AA" rating to $100 million of series 2015 bonds to be issued on behalf of Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care by the Illinois Finance Authority.  By Ayla Ellison -

Setting the stage to impact your bottom line

Each year, the healthcare supply chain wastes $5 billion, and the number keeps going in one direction – up.* With declining reimbursement, an aging population, and shift to value-based payment models intensifying cost pressures - traditional approaches to supply chain management are no longer working.
  1. Fitch affirms King's Daughters' Health's bond rating

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed the "BBB+" rating on Madison, Ind.-based King's Daughters' Hospital and Health Services' series 2010 revenue bonds, affecting approximately $97.9 million. By Erin Marshall -
  2. 9 hospitals and health systems with strong finances

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

    Fitch Ratings has assigned an "A" rating to Peoria, Ill.-based OSF Healthcare's series 2015A revenue bonds, affecting $366.7 million. By Erin Marshall -
  4. Massachusetts hospitals' total profitability increased last year, but not all had gains

    Acute care hospitals in Massachusetts performed better in their fiscal 2014 years compared to the prior fiscal year, with only 13 hospitals falling into the red, according to a recent report by Massachusetts' Center for Health Information and Analysis.  By Ayla Ellison -
  1. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of Aug. 24-28

    Three of the five major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices rise last week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. RCM company Recondo partners with Epic to focus on price transparency, collections

    Recondo Technology, a cloud-based revenue cycle applications provider, has formed a partnership with EHR company Epic Systems. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Never neglect front-line documentation

    Emphasize the importance of documentation at the front-end of the revenue cycle process. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 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 -
  5. 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 -
  6. 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 -
  7. 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 -
  8. 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 -
  9. 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 -

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