May/June 2012 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

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10 Pillars of Success for Top Healthcare Workplaces

The challenges of the healthcare industry today require hospitals and health systems to apply all available resources to a strategy toward reducing cost and improving quality. Click to continue »


Primary Care Strategy: The Most Important Decisions Hospitals Can Make

Only a few years ago, a hospital's physician-integration strategy was seen as the major determinant of a hospital's referrals and patient volume. Click to continue »


7 Strategies to Help Hospitals Break Even on Medicare

It's easy to say that Medicare matters to beneficiaries, hospitals, physicians and pretty much everyone else involved in the delivery of healthcare today, but just how important is the country's largest payor? Click to continue »


Publisher's Letter

Inside This Issue; 2012 Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting. Click to continue »


100 Great Hospitals

Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to name 100 Great Hospitals of 2012. Click to continue »


100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare

Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review have announced their annual list of "100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare." Click to continue »


Secrets for Success in the Current Healthcare Climate: Q& With UW Medicine CEO Dr. Paul G. Ramsey

For the past 20 years, UW Medicine has received top ratings from U.S. News & World Report for its clinical, education and research programs. Click to continue »


Putting Employees First: How to Improve Patient Experience, Profitability

What does it mean to create a culture that focuses on the employee, but finds positive results in all measurable categories including profit? Click to continue »


Creating an Environment of Excellence: Q&A With Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting

Nancy M. Schlichting is CEO of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, a nationally recognized $4 billion healthcare organization with 23,000 employees. Click to continue »


Constructing a Strategic Roadmap Ensures Specialist Employment Decisions are “Investment Grade"

One of the significant trends in healthcare over the past several years has been the steady increase in health system employment of physicians. Click to continue »


9 Ways Better Data Can Drive Hospital Bundled Payment Initiatives

Bundled payments are making waves throughout the hospital and healthcare industry for several reasons. Click to continue »


Healthcare Analytics Takes Supply Chain From The Delivery Dock to the C-Suite

If you’ve had the opportunity to see the movie “Money Ball,” you learned that the secret to success in baseball is achieving a high on-base percentage. For success in the healthcare supply chain, it is an “on- the-shelf ” percentage. Click to continue »


Anesthesia Involvement in Hospital Strategy, Leadership Crucial to Department, Facility Success

One consequence of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is that it has shown a spotlight on what's missing in the current business model of healthcare: accountability — for coordination of care, for outcome measures that are more demanding and meaningful, for evidence-based, cost-effective decision making at all levels. Click to continue »


MedPAC: Hospital Payments Should Increase by 1%

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently released (pdf) its final Medicare payment policy report to Congress, recommending hospital payment rates for both inpatient and outpatient services increase by 1 percent in 2013. Click to continue »


Recipe for Growing Market Share Through Data Optimization

Today's healthcare environment presents nearly unending questions for hospital and health system leaders: How will healthcare reform affect my organization? Click to continue »


Crafting Successful ASC Joint Ventures in 2012: Q&A With Jeff Peo, Donna Greene & Brandon Frazier of ASCOA

Hospitals and physician groups are increasingly partnering on the development or management of surgery centers to stay competitive. Click to continue »


10 New Surgery Centers Planned or Developed by Hospitals

Here are 10 new surgery center projects planned, opened or developed by hospitals, according to various news reports. Click to continue »


Hospital-Payor Contracting: Antitrust Concerns Surround Exclusive Contracts & Most-Favored Nation Clauses

Hospitals and health systems today operate in one of the most challenging environments in the history of the healthcare industry. Click to continue »


CHS, West Tennessee Healthcare Settle Long-Term Antitrust Dispute

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems and Jackson, Tenn.-based West Tennessee Healthcare have reached an agreement over a long-term antitrust dispute, according to a Jackson Sun report. Click to continue »


FTC Requests Supreme Court Review of Georgia Hospital Sale

The Federal Trade Commission has continued its challenge of the Palmyra Medical Center in Albany, Ga., sale to Phoebe Putney Health System also in Albany, according to Georgia Public Broadcasting report. Click to continue »


Navigating the Care Continuum: The Next Frontier for Providers

The healthcare industry in the United States is among the most fragmented, heavily regulated and inordinately complicated industries in the country. Click to continue »


3 Steps for Adding a Perioperative Specialist to Your Surgical Process

The term “perioperative specialist” — someone who is able to supervise the entire surgical process — is increasingly used to describe the role of a properly focused anesthesia leader. Click to continue »


Perioperative Efficiency Study: 8-Step Process May Improve OR On-Start Times Executive Briefing: Real-Time Health Reform

Research published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery suggests an eight-step change process may help improve operating room efficiency, particularly on-time surgical starts. Click to continue »


"Real-Time” Health Reform: Using capacity more efficiently may be the fastest way to generate hospital revenue

International productivity expert Blanton Godfrey predicts health reform will produce a lot of “big winners and big losers” among the nation’s 5,000-plus hospitals. Click to continue »


6 Benefits & Challenges in CMS’ Meaningful Use Stage 2 Proposed Rule

On Feb. 23, 2012, CMS released its proposed rule for Stage 2 requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. Click to continue »


Employee Engagement No Longer a “Soft” Science: 3 Steps to Cultivate More Committed Employees

For many years, employee engagement, especially in healthcare, was considered a "soft" science — something leaders thought about only after addressing the "hard stuff" like volume and reimbursement. Click to continue »


10 Factors in Creating a Positive Work Environment

Over the past few years a new phenomenon has burst upon the healthcare world: the call for a positive work environment for employees. Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Transactions May/June 2012

Butler (Pa.) Health System and Ellwood City (Pa.) Hospital announced a five-year management agreement. Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Executive Moves May/June 2012

Macon, Ga.-based Coliseum Health System named Charles Briscoe as its CEO. Click to continue »

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