July/August 2011 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

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10 Predictions on the Future of Hospital Executive Compensation

Stories on hospital executive compensation have littered newspaper headlines in 2011 so far. Click to continue »


Hospital Tax-Exempt Status: Considerations Regarding Maintaining Exempt Status

Tax-exempt hospitals (each a “hospital” and, collectively, “hospitals”), and their affiliated tax-exempt faculty or physician practices if applicable, may face concern about retaining their tax-exempt status in the face of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other changes to tax-exemption requirements. Click to continue »


Sophisticated and Powerful Consumers: How Transparency Will Change Hospitals

While patients have always been hospitals' consumers, provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act paired with increased availability of provider data, ratings and reviews has left the patient more informed and engaged than ever before. Click to continue »


Publisher’s Letter

The Compensation Issue; 18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference — Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues Click to continue »


Hospital and Health System Executive Compensation: Statistics to Know

Here are statistics on annual hospital and healthcare executive compensation, based on reports from Hay Group, Integrated Healthcare Strategies and the Internal Revenue Service. Click to continue »


5 Trends Affecting the Future of Physician Compensation

Physician compensation is changing as hospitals rapidly acquire physician practices and reimbursement levels decline. Click to continue »


Trends in Physician-Generated Revenue From 2002-2010

Physician-generated revenue fluctuates as reimbursement levels change, physician shortages impact provider market share and case volume shifts based on economic factors and procedural trends. Click to continue »


5 Trends Impacting Physician On-Call Compensation

In the last decade, physicians have increasingly expected their affiliated hospitals to provide compensation for on-call coverage, payments that vary by region, physician specialty and local provider shortages. Click to continue »


Medical Directorship Compensation Varies Based on Specialty

Compensation for medical directors varies widely across specialties, with the lowest annualized compensation reported by internists and pediatricians at $7,500, according to Medical Group Management Association's Medical Directorship and On-Call Compensation Survey: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data. Click to continue »


100 Statistics on Physician Compensation

Here are 100 statistics on physician compensation, according to various reports. Click to continue »


9 Leading Hospital CEOs Share Advice for Fellow Hospital Leaders

The following CEOs represent some of the top hospitals in the country. They offer advice for fellow hospital leaders. Click to continue »


65 Great Community Hospitals

Becker's Hospital Review has named 65 great community hospitals, presented in alphabetical order. Click to continue »


8 Out-of-the-Box Ways Hospitals Can Cut Costs

Creative cost-cutting is more than alliteration. It can bolster an organization's bottom line, enhance engagement and increase operational efficiency. Click to continue »


Growing Future Hospital Leaders: 6 Thoughts From Poudre Valley Health System CEO Rulon Stacey

Forward-thinking health systems are dedicated to building future hospital leaders in their organizations and communities. Click to continue »


As Interest in ACOs Wanes, It’s Time to Do the 'Next Right Thing'

Like many other hospitals, we had been seriously considering implementing an accountable care organization. It seemed like the right thing to do to meet the needs of patients. Click to continue »


What New Healthcare Leaders Should Know

What an honor it would be to speak to a graduating class of healthcare management students and talk about the realities of our work. Click to continue »


Key Issues and Strategies for Physician Integration

While most physicians understand the need to integrate with hospitals, many of them seem ambivalent about taking the plunge. Click to continue »


Optimizing a Hospital-Physician Joint Venture: 4 Tips for a Culture of Partnership

Hospital-physician joint ventures — such as physician-hospital organizations or other affiliations — present an array of opportunities and benefits for both parties. Click to continue »


Essential Primer: Pioneer ACOs and Proposed Advance Payment Initiative

Since its announcement on Tuesday, CMS has released few documents outlining how its new Pioneer accountable care organizations would work or exactly how proposed advanced payments for ACOs would be formulated and distributed. Here is what is known so far. Click to continue »


Study Shows ACO Start-Up Costs Can Soar Up to $26.1M

The current estimated start-up and first-year costs to establish and sustain core competencies for accountable care organizations are higher than the original estimate of $1.8 million by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in its proposed rule, according to an AHA News Now report. Click to continue »


Not Ready to Form an ACO? Three Value-Based Alternative Models

Many providers are finding they don't yet have the resources to participate in or take on the risks associated with accountable care organizations. But it’s not an all-or-nothing situation. Click to continue »


10 Stark, False Claims and Kickback Lawsuits Involving Hospitals and Health Systems

1. In February, Innovative Resources Group — doing business as APS Healthcare Midwest of White Plains, N.Y. — agreed to pay $13 million to the federal government and the state of Georgia to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicaid for specialty services not provided. Click to continue »


5 Questions to Determine if Your Independent Hospital Should Sell, Partner

Small and medium independent hospitals are facing increasing pressure as healthcare organizations form mergers, affiliations and other combined arrangements. Click to continue »


5 Changes That Can Increase a Hospital’s Value

A growing trend in healthcare is for hospitals and health systems to sell, partner or merge to form larger, more integrated organizations. Click to continue »


Why Hospitals Need to Start Getting Ready for ICD-10 Now

Hospitals have more than two years to get ready for the switch from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 diagnosis codes, which occurs on Oct. 1, 2013, but coding consultants are urging hospitals to already start preparing. Click to continue »


10 Recent Survey Findings About ICD-10

The following findings are compiled from surveys by Contexo Media, J.A. Thomas & Associates and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Click to continue »


AAPC Suggests 16 Steps for Successful ICD-10 Implementation

At the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Code-a-thon on April 26, the American Academy of Professional Coders suggested 16 steps for successful implementation of ICD-10. Click to continue »


Directory Lists Software for Physician ICD-10 Conversion

The AMA and the Medical Group Management Association have created an online directory that lists software vendors that can help physicians install HIPAA 5010 connectivity in advance of conversion to the ICD-10 system, according to a release by the MGMA. Click to continue »


Report: EMR Market Expected to Top $6B by 2015

The electronic medical record market is expected to increase to $6 billion by 2015, up from $2.1 billion in 2009, according to a report by marketing research firm Markets and Markets. Click to continue »


Proposed HIPAA Change Would Allow People to Learn Who Accessed Protected Health Information

HHS has proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule which allow people to learn who has electronically accessed their protected health information. Click to continue »


17 States Launch Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

Seventeen total states have launched their Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, and 11 of them have paid a total of $114.4 million to qualifying physicians and hospitals, according to a Government Health IT report. Click to continue »


ONC Meaningful Use Workgroup Recommends Pushing Back Stage 2 for Those Attesting in 2011

The meaningful use workgroup, which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, has recommended it push back stage 2 of meaningful use by one year to 2014 in order to ease time restraints for eligible providers who attest in 2011, according to a Health Data Management news report. Click to continue »


Running an Academic Medical Center: Q&A With Johnese Spisso, Chief Health System Officer of UW Medicine

Academic healthcare organizations face some challenges that are unique to academic facilities, such as educating and monitoring students and balancing this education with delivering quality care to patients and conducting cutting-edge research. Click to continue »


Academic Health and Hospital Operator Partnerships: Q&A With Dr. Bill Fulkerson and Bill Carpenter of Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Academic Health and Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Health System and Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Hospitals announced the formation of a joint venture in Jan. 2011. Click to continue »


Quint Studer: Raising HCAHPS Is About More Than Better Service…It’s About Better Quality

HCAHPS results are playing an increasingly larger role in the financial well-being of America’s hospitals. Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Transactions

Boston and 81-bed Milton (Mass.) Hospital plan to merge by October... Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Executive Moves

Wayne Ferch was named president and CEO of Hanford, Calif.-based Adventist Health’s Central Valley Network. Click to continue »

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