April 2009 Issue of Hospital Review

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12 Best Practices for Successful Hospital Oncology Departments; 11 Key Concepts From the Stark Law; 20 Physician Leaders of Hospitals to Know; Publisher’s Letter; Hospital and Health System CEO and CFO 2008 Median Base Salary Figures; Despite Rate Changes, Oncology Still Profitable: Hospitals Respond To Evolving Market Dynamics; 11 Hospitals With Great Oncology Programs; Oncology Salary Statistics by Region; Developing Centers of Excellence — Key Concepts, Strategies and Tactics; Centers of Excellence Achieved by Focus, Sweat and Determination; 8 Ways Hospitals Can Prepare for Recovery Audit Contractors; Hospital Employment of Physicians: What Works and Does Not is Very Clear
April 2009 issue
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12 Best Practices for Successful Hospital Oncology Departments
Hospital-based oncology services, long a mainstay business line, face many challenges as some of those services migrate from hospitals to outpatient surgery centers, physician offices and even to patient homes. Newer drugs, safer surgical procedures and advanced imaging and radiation technology have brought new tools to cancer experts.
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11 Key Concepts From the Stark Law
The Stark law prohibits physicians from ordering designated health services for Medicare patients from entities with which the physician, or a family member, has a financial relationship unless an exception applies. This article reviews 11 key concepts under the Stark Law, in the context of changes to the Stark law made by CMS.
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20 Physician Leaders of Hospitals to Know
This is a list of highly-regarded physicians in executive leadership positions at large acute care hospitals.
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Publisher’s Letter
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Hospital and Health System CEO and CFO 2008 Median Base Salary Figures
Here are the 2008 median base salaries for hospital and health system CEOs and CFOs, according to the Integrated Healthcare Strategies 2008 Healthcare Executive Compensation Survey.
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Despite Rate Changes, Oncology Still Profitable: Hospitals Respond To Evolving Market Dynamics
Cancer treatment is evolving rapidly, which presents both opportunities and challenges to hospitals seeking to maintain or expand their oncology services. Healthcare experts say cancer treatment, spurred by improvements in technology, better drugs and reimbursement changes, is increasingly leaving hospitals for physician offices and ASCs. That could represent lost revenue to many hospitals and health systems. At the same time, oncology delivery experts see many factors favoring hospitals in this volatile market.
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11 Hospitals With Great Oncology Programs
According to Derek Raghavan, MD, director of the Taussig Cancer Institute in Cleveland, “a top cancer center needs to have a fusion of its clinical programs with its experimental and social support programs.” It takes physicians, researchers and staff working together to provide quality patient care in oncology and to create a successful program.
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Oncology Salary Statistics by Region
Here are statistics on the 2008 cash compensation earned by oncologists, as compared by region, according to the Integrated Healthcare Strategies 2008 Healthcare Executive Compensation Survey and supplementary IHS statistics.
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Developing Centers of Excellence — Key Concepts, Strategies and Tactics
The importance of developing outstanding programs, often referred to as “Centers of Excellence,” in specific specialties has taken on new importance in critical specialties such as orthopedics, neurosurgery and spine, cardiology and oncology. This article discusses how developing a grand vision or plan comprised of clear goals can guide the development of a Center of Excellence. This article then examines specific strategies and tactics that can be used to implement such a plan.
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Centers of Excellence Achieved by Focus, Sweat and Determination
Hospital executives leading nationally recognized superior programs offer a variety of tips for achieving those coveted designations, but they all sound like variations on the answer to that old Broadway joke: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice.
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8 Ways Hospitals Can Prepare for Recovery Audit Contractors
By the beginning of 2010, U.S. hospitals and other healthcare providers will face something their colleagues in California, Florida and New York slogged through for three years, a new force in regulatory oversight called Recovery Audit Contractors.
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Hospital Employment of Physicians: What Works and Does Not is Very Clear
Through market observation it can be seen that there is a strong reemergence of physician employment by hospitals and health systems. The strategic logic for this reemergence is similar to the past — i.e. gain market share through primary care access or for other markets primary care as well as specialist employment is an imperative for institutional survival or service line protection. Hospital or health system boards and leadership that are employing or considering physician employment strategies should be concerned over the appropriate manner of implementation or effectively managing/growing the strategy. The strategy of physician employment is past the experimental stage so that lessons learned of what works or does not work is very clear.
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