Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. CHS on track to overcome financial troubles, says CEO

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems CEO Wayne Smith has a positive outlook on the company's future, despite a rocky 2016.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Week in review: 12 biggest healthcare stories this week

    Stay in the know with Becker's Hospital Review's weekly roundup of the nation's biggest healthcare news. Here's what you need to know this week.  By Tamara Rosin -
  3. Cigna CEO: ACA health plans perform best under ACO model

    At the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week, Cigna CEO David Cordani said the payer's ACA health plans made the most financial sense when they networked with ACOs, reports Hartford Courant.  By Morgan Haefner -

How to fix emergency department overcrowding, wait time and throughput

Emergency department overcrowding and lengthy wait times are nothing new. But with the advent of the Affordable Car Act and resultant rise in ED volume, both are getting increasingly worse.
  1. House passes budget, reconciliation process to begin

    With the approval of a budget in the House Friday, Republicans in Congress are hurtling toward an ACA repeal at a breakneck speed.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. 25 latest hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves were reported by Becker's Hospital Review in the last week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Baystate Health's operating income drops 52% in FY 2016

    Baystate Health saw revenue increase in fiscal year 2016, but the Springfield, Mass.-based system ended the period with significantly less operating income than the year prior.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. St. Joseph's Health taps Leslie Paul Luke to lead as CEO: 4 notes

    St. Joseph's Health, based in Syracuse, N.Y., named Leslie Paul Luke president and CEO, effective Feb. 20, 2017.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Are you prepared for MACRA's first performance year?

MACRA’s first performance year is less than 60 days away. Ignoring MACRA can result in payment increases and decreases of 4% of total Medicare revenue. Learn which steps you should be taking to prepare your organization.
  1. Where are CMS' new overall 5-star hospitals?

    When CMS updated the formula used in its Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating program in December, the number of hospitals that received the highest possible overall rating fell from 112 in October to 83 in December.  By Heather Punke -
  2. NYC Health + Hospitals develops system to manage hard-to-discharge patients

    NYC Health + Hospitals launched a pilot program designed to improve the quality of life of long-term hospital patients who are difficult to discharge into post-acute care settings. Through the program, which could save hospitals millions in costly and unnecessary hospital stays, patients transition out of the hospital and into post-acute settings that are better suited to provide the care they need. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. Michael Henze to retire after 27 years as Lake Regional Health System CEO

    Osage Beach, Mo.-based Lake Regional Health System CEO Michael E. Henze plans to retire on Nov. 1, 2017. He has served as leader of the organization for 27 years.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. 12 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    The following health IT vendor contracts and go-lives were reported within the past week.  By Erin Dietsche -

The changing dynamics of customer engagement

In this e-book, you’ll meet two visionary companies, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and American Addiction Centers, that are revolutionizing the customer experience in today’s highly connected world.
  1. Half of physicians admit bias toward patient groups

    Fifty percent of physicians believed they hold biases about some groups of patients, but only 16 percent said it got in the way of patient care, according to Medscape's Lifestyle Report 2017.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. 3 pediatric flu deaths reported in one week, CDC says

    Three pediatric flu deaths were reported to the CDC during the week of Jan. 1 — the first of such deaths so far this flu season, according to the CDC's FluView. By Heather Punke -
  3. Theranos to soon face first government-led lawsuit

    The Arizona Attorney General's Office is seeking an outside legal firm to help it prepare a consumer fraud lawsuit against Palo Alto, Calif.-based Theranos, STAT reported.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Paul Ryan: We want to repeal, replace ACA in the same bill

    Republicans are set to simultaneously repeal and replace the ACA within President-elect Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said at a town hall hosted by CNN Thursday.  By Emily Rappleye -
  5. Cone Health swaps Women's Hospital & Annie Penn Hospital presidents

    Two Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health hospitals are swapping leaders. Greensboro-based Women's Hospital President Cindy Farrand, MBA, will become the new president of Reidsville, N.C.-based Annie Penn Hospital, while Annie Penn Hospital President Debbie Green Cunningham, DNP, MSN, RN, will become the new president of Women's Hospital.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. 5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From a pharmaceutical company settling a kickback case for $350 million to a Pennsylvania hospital agreeing to pay $510,000 to settle drug diversion claims, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. La Paz Regional Hospital taps Kevin Brown as CEO: 4 things to know

    La Paz Regional Hospital in Parker, Ariz., named Kevin Brown CEO, according to a Parker Live Online report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. 11 recent hospital outlook and credit rating actions

    The following hospital and health system rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place in the last week, starting with the most recent.  By Alyssa Rege -
  9. RCM tip of the day: Regularly monitor key performance revenue indicators

    With the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, it is more important than ever for hospitals and health systems to monitor key performance revenue indicators on a regular basis.  By Kelly Gooch -

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