June 2012 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

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11 Hospital, Health System Executive Compensation Trends

Hospital and health system executive compensation is affected by several factors in the healthcare industry, including a greater focus on quality and patient satisfaction, as well as consumers' increasing involvement in their healthcare. Click to continue »


The Future of the American Hospital: Role and Relevancy in the Next Decade

If predictions ever hold weight, they certainly don't in the healthcare industry. Too much is prone to change — like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which awaits its summer Supreme Court ruling. Click to continue »


8 Biggest Mistakes an ACO Can Make

Given the recent announcement of the first 27 CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations, and with health insurance giants such as Cigna, United and Blue Cross Blue Shield touting accountable care models, it's safe to say the phenomenon is both public and private. Click to continue »


Publisher's Letter

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80 Accountable Care Organizations to Know

Accountable care organizations have proliferated in the past three years. The increase has been spurred by private payors' interest in coordinated care management and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which introduced the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Click to continue »


A “Lean” Vision Drives Stanford Hospital & Clinics’ Performance: Q&A With CEO Amir Dan Rubin

Stanford (Calif.) Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery and organ transplants. Click to continue »


Surgically Remodeling a Hospital: Q&A With Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, CEO of Vanguard’s Weiss Memorial Hospital

This past September, Weiss Memorial Hospital brought in the East Coast-based Jeffrey Steinberg, MD, to lead the Chicago-based facility. Click to continue »


Compensation Manifesto: 11 Steps for Hospital CEOs and Compensation Committees to “Get it Right”

Compensation of hospital CEOs and other top hospital executives, especially at non-profit organizations, is undergoing mass amounts of scrutiny, thanks in part to the new federal standards that require transparency of all tax-exempt organizations. Click to continue »


200 Statistics on Physician Compensation

For hospitals and health systems, physician compensation will always be a hot-button issue. Click to continue »


Physician-Generated Hospital Revenue vs. Salary: 48 Statistics

Newly recruited physicians offer a lot of potential for hospitals, especially as the scramble for physician practices ensues. Click to continue »


28 Statistics on Highest On-Call Coverage Per Diem Payments

Average per diem payments of emergency on-call coverage vary widely across medical specialties, from a low of $240 to a high of $2,710, according to data from MD Ranger's Physician Contract Benchmark Report. Click to continue »


7 Steps to Navigate Payment Allocation Under ACOs

Under the Medicare Shared Savings Program, a Medicare ACO can receive payment for meeting quality metrics and reducing costs. Click to continue »


Physician Strategy as the Foundation to Improving Community Health

Physician strategy is top of mind for many hospital leaders. As Lewis Carroll once wrote, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Click to continue »


Hospital CFO Panel: How Are You Approaching Your Fiscal Strategy Right Now? Finance & Revenue Cycle Issue

The Medicare hospital trust fund is projected to become insolvent in 2024. Hospital credit downgrades are predicted to outpace upgrades. Click to continue »


CMS Releases FY 2013 IPPS Proposed Rule: 12 Points to Know

CMS issued a proposed rule (pdf) for hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System that would increase Medicare's operating payments to acute-care hospitals by about 0.9 percent — or roughly $904 million — in fiscal year 2013. Click to continue »


Moody’s: 2012 Shows Even Mix of Hospital Upgrades, Downgrades

In the first quarter of 2012, Moody's Investors Service reported an equal number of upgrades and downgrades in the non-profit hospital sector, but Moody's analysts expect a negative outlook for non-profit healthcare providers for the remainder of 2012. Click to continue »


Fitch: Patient Admissions, Pricing Trends Mixed at For-Profit Hospitals

Fitch-rated for-profit hospitals experienced varying operating trends over the past year, as urban hospitals saw stronger volume growth but weaker pricing trends than hospitals in rural and suburban settings, according to a report from Fitch Ratings. Click to continue »


An Overview of Recent Challenges to Hospital Transactions: Is the FTC Really More Aggressive?

Merger and acquisition activity in healthcare has increased over recent years, driven largely by challenging operating environments and decreasing reimbursements. Click to continue »


Community Health Needs Assessment: 5 Phases to Compliance

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted in March 2010 has had a significant impact on the evolving healthcare industry. Click to continue »


OIG Claims Georgetown University Hospital Overbilled Medicare by 659K

A report from the Office of Inspector General claims Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., overbilled Medicare by roughly $659,400 primarily due to misunderstandings of billing requirements. Click to continue »


The OR Efficiency Game Plan: Using Daily Huddles to Streamline Care

Some hospital operating rooms are borrowing a practice from sports teams to boost efficiency: huddles. On the playing field, team members with different roles huddle to discuss strategies to win the game. Click to continue »


The Next Iteration of Hospital-Physician Alignment: Making Medicare Profitable

The idea of aligning physicians with hospitals and health systems is not new. In fact, it has been experimented with since the 1990s and the rise of managed care. Click to continue »


What We Need to Do if the Supreme Court Strikes Down the Healthcare Law

If the Supreme Court strikes down all or part of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, as everyone seems to be predicting, it would be a stunning indictment of the self-interested deal making that created this very flawed law. Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Transactions June 2012

Alegent Health in Omaha, Neb., and Creighton University in Omaha announced a strategic affiliation, which includes Alegent acquiring Creighton University Medical Center from Creighton and its partner Tenet Healthcare in Dallas. Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Executive Moves June 2012

Saint Joseph’s Health System in Atlanta promoted Tom Andrews to president and CEO. Click to continue »

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