February 2012 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

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The Future of Healthcare: 9 Capabilities for Post- Reform Success

As with most things in life, health system success with health information technology is more about quality than quantity. Click to continue »


Spurring Innovation in Healthcare Delivery: 5 Best Practices of Health System Leaders

The system of delivering healthcare services is at a crossroads: While fee-for-service continues as the primary model of reimbursement, a transition to a value-based model is imminent. Click to continue »


8 Issues Hospitals Consider Before an Integration or Sale

Consolidation and integration within the hospital sector is undoubtedly on the rise. While overall volume is up over past years, hospitals might not always be prepared for completing these types of transactions, especially as healthcare reform and regulatory bodies are part of the equation. Click to continue »


Publisher's Letter

Here are five core concepts for healthcare providers this year, as well as observations on key healthcare delivery trends during 2011. Click to continue »


9 Leading Hospital, Health System CIOs Share Top Goals

2012 will continue to be both exciting and challenging for hospital and health system CIOs as they attest to meaningful use stage 1, await the release of meaningful use stage 2 rules and work to integrate technology across the organization. Click to continue »


Speaking a Common Language: Q&A With Rex Healthcare President David Strong and CIO Novlet Bradshaw

Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C. — a part of UNC Healthcare — is a completely paperless organization. It installed its electronic medical record system in 2007 and has since reached Stage 1 of Meaningful Use and achieved 80 percent adoption of computerized physician order entry. Click to continue »


Ahead of the Meaningful Use Curve: Q&A With CEO Chuck Sted and CIO Steve Robertson of Hawaii Pacific Health

CMS' Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program has dished out a lot of money to eligible providers — $1.84 billion as of the end of November, to be exact. Click to continue »


Is Your EHR Implementation in Trouble? 10 Things to Check

Electronic health records — they are the wave of the future for all hospitals but a headache for some as well. Click to continue »


10 Best Practices for Implementing Telemedicine in Hospitals

Telemedicine and telehealth have the potential to increase access to care, improve quality of care and decrease costs. Click to continue »


5 Legal Issues Surrounding Electronic Medical Records

Though the technology has been around for roughly 30 years, physicians making the move from paper to electronic medical records may still face some challenges — particularly when it comes to understanding the legal implications of EMRs. Click to continue »


The Care Management Imperative

Most providers recognize that the underlying healthcare cost pressures the government, employers and consumers face will inevitably lead to changes in how care is reimbursed, progressing in time toward a new form of managed care that preserves consumer choice and access while creating incentives for providers to improve care coordination and lower cost. Click to continue »


32 Health Systems, Physician Groups to Participate in Pioneer ACOs

Thirty-two healthcare organizations across the country will participate in the new Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, which is expected to save up to $1.1 billion over five years, according to a news release from the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Click to continue »


Survey: 55% of Payors Plan to Participate in ACOs Over Next 3 Years

Fifty-five percent of payors plan to participate in accountable care organizations over the next three years, according to survey results from HealthEdge. Click to continue »


CMS Issues Correction to OPPS Final Rule, Payments Decrease 0.1%

CMS recently issued a correction (pdf) to its Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment system for calendar year 2012 that will change the estimated increase for all facilities and hospitals from 1.9 percent to 1.8 percent. Click to continue »


IRS Issues 2011 Form 990

The Internal Revenue Service recently released the 2011 version of the Form 990 for tax-exempt organizations, and Schedule H — which is filed by hospitals — has several major changes, according to a McGuireWoods news release. Click to continue »


CMS Shelves RAC Prepayment Review Demonstration

CMS recently announced that it will delay its Recovery Audit Prepayment Review demonstration after it was inundated with comments and suggestions. Click to continue »


9 Things Healthcare Organizations Should Do Now to Prepare for ICD-10

Come Oct. 1, 2013, the healthcare landscape will be bidding adieu to a friend that has been around for more than 40 years: ICD-9. Click to continue »


Don’t Let Fears About Healthcare IT Mire You in the Past

The decision-makers in hospital C-suites have healthcare information technology on their minds these days, but what they are thinking is not all warm and fuzzy. Click to continue »


Using HIT to Drive Clinical Integration, Patient and Physician Engagement

Since passage of the HITECH Act, which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, healthcare providers have been gearing up their healthcare information technology implementation plans to meet meaningful use requirements and gain financial incentives. Click to continue »


61 Integrated Health Systems to Know

Becker's Hospital Review has named "61 Integrated Health Systems to Know" based on organizations' access to care, physician alignment and inclusion of numerous and varied services along the continuum of care. Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Transactions

Burlington, N.C., merged with Greensboro, N.C.- based Cone Health. Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Executive Moves

James K. Beckmann was appointed president and CEO of Tucson, Ariz.- based Carondelet Health Network. Click to continue »


Correction: A previous version of this page listed David Strong, of Rex Healthcare, as David Shaw. We apologize for the error.

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