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  1. CHI St. Alexius Health CEO Gary Miller announces retirement

    Gary P. Miller, president and CEO of CHI St. Alexius Health, based in Bismarck, N.D., has announced he will retire April 15, 2015. 
  2. Memorial Hospital CEO Gary Baker to step down

    Gary Baker, president and CEO of Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa., has announced he will step down from his role when the hospital's planned merger into the Sayre, Pa.-based Guthrie Health System takes place in the coming months, according to a report in The Daily Review. 
  3. Kindred Healthcare names Benjamin A. Breier CEO-elect

    Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare has announced Benjamin A. Breier will become CEO and a member of Kindred's Board of Directors, on March 31, 2015. 

The opportunity to significantly increase profits

As hospitals survey the landscape today, there aren't many opportunities to improve profitability. Out-of-network represents a last, great opportunity for many hospitals to improve profitability.
  1. Physicians: Top 7 insurers

    Here are the top seven insurers that were rated best overall by physicians, according to the Medscape Insurer Ratings Report 2014.  
  2. National Nurses United plans strikes at hospitals nationwide over Ebola prep

    Members of National Nurses United in 12 states and Washington, D.C., plan to picket or strike Nov. 12 as the union seeks stronger Ebola safety precautions in hospitals.  
  3. How Intermountain Healthcare's mental health integration is improving care

    The national healthcare challenges of shifting to population health and achieving the triple aim (better health and better care at reduced costs) require integration of mental health services with other medical care. That integration underscores the increasingly crucial role of business training within healthcare organizations — not to focus only on fiscal outcomes but to improve health outcomes. The role of business executives is, therefore, more important than ever in healthcare, and Intermountain Healthcare's Mental Health Integration program is a case in point.  
  4. A practical approach to population health: Report from the front-lines of healthcare transformation

    Based on extensive client work and research, this article describes the journey towards population health — cutting through the hype and buzzwords to offer practical advice.  

Align Information Security and Safety 

What is your hospital's biggest security threat? Are you prepared to stop it?
  1. Which states had the most Leapfrog "A" hospitals?

    This fall, 790 hospitals earned an A grade from The Leapfrog Group as part of its latest update of the Hospital Safety Score, but those top-graded hospitals are not distributed evenly throughout the nation. 
  2. Reducing readmissions: One approach to the challenge

    Medicare fined a record 2,601 hospitals this year as part of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, now in its third year. 
  3. UnitedHealthcare to offer plans on Alabama insurance exchange

    UnitedHealthcare has announced plans to offer insurance policies on Alabama's federal- operated exchange this year after opting out in 2013, according to an Insurance Journal report.  
  4. Houston Methodist breaks ground on The Woodlands Hospital

    Construction has begun on Houston Methodist's newest facility, a 193-bed, 470,000 square-foot full service hospital located in The Woodlands, Texas, according to a report from The Potpourri.  

The New PPACA Payments Environment

The landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is playing a major role in moving the healthcare industry to greater reliance on electronic payments and administration.
  1. ACOs show progress in improving patient satisfaction, study finds

    Accountable care organization patients reported greater satisfaction with some aspects of their care after one year in the program, according to a study published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine.  
  2. Why physicians are going digital for drug education

    Traditional contact between physicians and pharmaceutical companies is diminishing due to increased affiliation with organized provider systems, according to a joint survey released this week from Waltham, Mass.-based Quantia and Capgemini Consulting in New York.  
  3. OIG: Hackensack UMC received $1.7M in Medicare overpayments

    Hackensack (N.J.) UMC received more than $1.7 million in overpayments from Medicare from April 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012, according to a recent OIG audit report.  
  4. 100 physician leaders of hospital and health systems | 2014

    Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to recognize 100 physician leaders of hospitals and health systems for 2014, based on leaders' healthcare experience, accolades and commitment to quality care.  
  5. 790 hospitals earn "A" patient safety grade from Leapfrog

    The Leapfrog Group has released the fall 2014 update to its Hospital Safety Score, assigning grades of A, B, C, D or F to hospitals based on 15 process measures and 13 outcome measures. 
  6. U.P. Health System names CEO, CFO at Bell Hospital

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Duke LifePoint, which owns Bell Hospital, located in Ishpeming, Mich., Marquette (Mich.) General Hospital and Portage Health, located in Hancock, Mich., has announced the three hospitals will join together under a new name, U.P. Health System, according to a recent report. 
  7. How the 2014 Governors' races could influence Medicaid expansion

    The race for Governor in Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine and Wisconsin could determine whether Medicaid is expanded in those states, according to a recent report from Avalere Health.  
  8. Cayuga Medical Center, Schuyler Hospital partner to create new health network

    Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, N.Y., and Montour Falls, N.Y.-based Schuyler Hospital have created a new health network, called Cayuga Health System, that is designed to include other hospitals that could help improve healthcare in the region.  
  9. Abington Health, Jefferson Health sign letter of intent to merge

    Abington (Pa.) Health and Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health have taken one step closer to merging by signing a letter of intent.  

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