Sept./Oct. 2010 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

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July 2010 Hospital Review Issue

5 Best Practices for Hospital Employment of Physicians

Hospital employment of physicians has become increasingly popular in recent years and is only expected to continue. Most industry leaders predict that reimbursement will increasingly favor quality over quantity, and organizations most poised to profit under this type of system are those that are part of integrated delivery systems or other similar arrangements. Click to continue »


Roles and Compensation of Physician Leaders Growing

From medical directors to department chairs and vice presidents of medical affairs, physicians who have leadership roles within hospitals are being asked to do more, and their levels of compensation are rising along with those demands, say executive and physician compensation experts. Click to continue »


30 of the Most Powerful People in Healthcare

As health reform law shapes policy and inspires heated debate, 2010 continues to be a remarkable year for healthcare. Here are 30 people who have played a major role in the healthcare industry this year. Click to continue »


Insights From the Model for ACOs: Q&A With Harold Dash of Everett Clinic on the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project

Harold Dash, MD, a cardiologist, is president of the Everett (Wash.) Clinic, a group practice with more than 300 physicians. Here Dr. Dash discusses Everett's participation in the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project, the model for the accountable care organization, a new system that bundles charges for hospitals, physician and other providers. Click to continue »


The Future of Healthcare Delivery and Your Hospital: Q&A With Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO Dr. Edward Miller

Edward D. Miller, MD, has led John Hopkins Medicine, the $5 billion enterprise that unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with Johns Hopkins Health System, since 1997. Click to continue »


40 Leading Non-Profit Health Systems

Here are 40 leading non-profit health systems in the United States, by the number of hospitals in the system. Click to continue »


20 Largest Non-Profit Hospitals in the United States

Here are the top 20 largest non-profit, acute-care hospitals in the United States, in order of number of beds, according to data from the American Hospital Directory. Click to continue »


15 Leading For-Profit Hospital Chains

Here are the 15 leading acute-care, for-profit hospital companies operating in the United States. Note: Companies are listed in order of the number of hospitals, according to the company’s website. Click to continue »


20 Largest For-Profit Hospitals in the United States

Here are the 20 largest for-profit hospitals in the United States listed by their number of beds. Click to continue »


Top 20 Grossing Non-Profit Hospitals in the United States

Here are the top 20 largest non-profit, acute-care hospitals in the United States, in order of number of beds, according to data from the American Hospital Directory. Click to continue »


Top 20 Grossing For-Profit Hospitals in the United States

Here are the top 20 grossing for-profit, acute-care hospitals in the United States, in order of annual gross patient revenue, according to CMS cost report data from the American Hospital Directory. Click to continue »


Independent Medical Practice: Does Healthcare Reform Mark the Beginning of the End?

Declining reimbursements, uncertainties about the future and the hassles and costs of running a practice have all combined to make many of today's physicians yearn for some sense of security. Click to continue »


Strategies for Hospital Leadership – Identifying Strengths, Allocating Hospital Resources and Focusing on Profitable Niche Leadership

This is a great time for hospital leadership and boards to reevaluate their strategies. This article contains eight core thoughts and concepts on strategic planning for hospitals. Click to continue »


6 Key Trends in Compensation of Hospital-Based Physicians

While the care and feeding of hospital-based physicians is not a new topic, there are some new trends and strategies for this group, which includes anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists, emergency physicians and hospitalists. Here are six of those trends. Click to continue »


Hospital Takeovers: Will Your “Golden Parachute” Protect You?

As more hospitals are being sold, top hospital executives need to make sure they have "change of control" agreements in place, says Paul Creasy, a partner in Organizational Consulting Group in Avon, Ohio. Click to continue »


3 Trends in Cardiology Compensation and Workload

Cardiology practices are facing increased pressure on revenues due largely to significant cuts in the Medicare fee schedule for these services. Click to continue »


Hospital Executive Salary Growth Slows

A study by the Hay Group revealed turnover of hospital executives in healthcare institutions has decreased dramatically, despite salary growth continuing to slow, according to a Hay Group news release. Click to continue »


Building an Accountable Care Organization

A glance at the headlines shows how badly healthcare needs to become more efficient. Healthcare spending in the United States rose 5.7 percent in 2009, to $2.5 trillion. It now commands 17.3 percent of the gross domestic product, up from 16.2 percent in 2008. That's the fastest one-year increase since 1960. Click to continue »


15 Fraud and Abuse Cases Making Headlines in 2010

The beginning of 2010 has been marked by numerous fraud and abuse investigations, cases and settlements. Here are 15 notable cases from the last six months. Click to continue »


Monitoring Your Hospital’s Revenue Cycle: Six Metrics to Review Each Month

Automated systems can give a hospital a great deal of insight into many aspects of the revenue cycle by providing metrics to monitor the performance of the entire cycle, from beginning to end. Click to continue »


4 Trends in Hospital Revenue Cycle Management

Suzanne Lestina, director of revenue cycle at the Healthcare Financial Management Association, discusses four trends in revenue cycle management. Click to continue »


Six Revenue Cycle Inefficiencies: Key Learnings From Abbeville Area Medical Center

Abbeville (S.C.) Area Medical Center recently underwent a revenue cycle review that identified inefficiencies that, if addressed, would increase revenues by $200,000 a year, a big improvement for this 25-bed critical access hospital. Click to continue »


5 Tips on Preparing to Meet Meaningful Use Regulations

After the July 13 release of the final rules of meaningful use, providers all over the country are examining the 15 core regulations and 14 "a la carte" regulations to determine how and when they will quality for incentive payments. Here are five tips from three experts in meaningful use for preparing to meet these regulations. Click to continue »


CMS Launches Official Website for EHR Incentive Programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched the official website for the Medicare & Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs. Click to continue »


Survey Shows CIOs Feel Unprepared To Meet Meaningful Use Requirements

Eight in 10 hospital CIOs surveyed said they are concerned or very concerned that they will not be able to demonstrate "meaningful use" of electronic health records before the federal deadline in 2015, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers titled Ready or not: On the road to meaningful use of EHRs and health IT. Click to continue »


Two EHR Giants to Merge, Anticipating Federal IT Payments

Allscripts and Eclipsys, two major providers of electronic health records and other healthcare IT, announced plans to merge and create a universal EHR, according to a release from both companies. Click to continue »


Chuck Lauer: 10 Points on Leadership

1. Leading is not the same as managing. There is a huge difference between managing and leading. "Leaders do the right thing and managers do things right," it has been said. While managers focus on working toward the organization's goals, orchestrating resources in an effective and efficient manner, leaders need to engage in strategic thinking. They need to pay less attention to details and focus on the big picture. Click to continue »


The Current State of Infection Control

Reported cases of hospital-acquired infections have been increasing, moving from ICUs to general beds, and these infections are causing more deaths, higher costs of care and more litigation against hospitals. Click to continue »


Using Automated Systems to Reduce Infection and Contamination Risk in Your Hospital

The increasing rate of hospital-acquired infections costs U.S. hospitals up to $45 billion annually, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the average cost per infection case is $15,275. Click to continue »


Electronic Infection Monitoring Shown to Improve Adherence to Infection Prevention Best Practices

Research conducted by the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has found that hospitals that use advanced technology for healthcare-associated infection surveillance are more likely to put in place best-practices for infection prevention than those hospitals that do not, according to an APIC news release. Click to continue »


APIC Study: Hospitals Still Struggle With Infections

Healthcare-associated infections continue to be an obstacle that hospitals struggle to overcome, according to a study by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Click to continue »


Michigan Hospitals’ Infection Control Program Spreading to Other States

A Michigan program to reduce hospital-associated infections is catching on nationwide as the Obama administration offers $50 million to states to promote quality initiatives and will begin penalizing hospitals with high infection rates beginning in 2015, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press. Click to continue »


PHA President Brett Gosney: The Future of Physician-Owned Hospitals

Following the March 2010 passing of the health reform bill, the future of physician-owned hospitals is uncertain. Starting in 2011, the law prohibits existing physician-owned hospitals from expanding and prevents new ones from being built. Click to continue »


JAMA Article Suggests Many Physicians Fail to Report Impaired Colleagues

An article appearing in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that more than a third of physicians may fail to report an impaired or incompetent colleague. Click to continue »


High Readmission Rates Not Necessarily Connected to Poor Hospital Quality

Research done by Cleveland Clinic shows that, contrary to popular belief, high readmission rates may not necessarily equate to substandard hospital care, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click to continue »


One-Quarter of Hospital Patients Readmitted Within Two Years

One-quarter of all hospital patients were readmitted one or more times for the same condition within a two-year period, according to a release by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Click to continue »


HHS Adds Hospital Outpatient and ED Quality Data to Public Websites

The Department of Health and Human Services will now include quality information about outpatient and emergency department care at hospitals across the United States on its HealthCare.gov website as well as CMS' Hospital Compare website, according to an HHS news release. Click to continue »


Medical Errors Cost $19.5B in a Single Year

The Society of Actuaries' Health Section has published a research report measuring the annual frequency of medical errors in the United States and the total measurable cost to the United States economy because of these errors, according to a news release by SOA. Click to continue »


Study Finds Financial Incentives and Public Reporting Improve Quality of Care

A recent study by RAND Corp. found that performance-based accountability systems do indeed increase performance throughout the public sector, including healthcare. Click to continue »


6 Key Issues and Trends Impacting Outpatient Services and Physician-Owned Facilities

This article briefly addresses six key issues impacting outpatient services and physician-owned facilities. Click to continue »


10 Simple Ways to Contain Costs: How Sacred Heart Hospital Saved $5M

When $7 million of Eau Claire, Wis.-based Sacred Heart Hospital's revenue was threatened by the opening of a competing outpatient facility, its leaders devised a plan to recoup $5 million of the lost revenue by reducing expenses — the remainder could be made up through increased volumes. Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Executives Moves

Bob Allen, CFO of 350-bed Valley Presbyterian Hospital, is leaving the Van Nuys, Calif.-based hospital to take up a new job as CFO of Catholic Healthcare West’s California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles and Glendale (Calif.) Memorial Hospital. Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Transactions

All Children’s Hospital and Health System of St. Petersburg, Fla., has signed a letter of intent to integrate with Johns Hopkins Medicine. Click to continue »

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