August 2015 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review



On the Cover



The 7 Biggest Healthcare Issues in 2015 So Far

8 Epic EHR Implementations With the Biggest Price Tags in 2015

30 ACOs With the Largest Physician Networks

25 Largest Hospitals in America

50 Great Health Systems to Know

(More lists below!)

 Exec for Current issue 1


Jonathan Bush
President & CEO of athenahealth 

Nancy Howell Agee
President & CEO of Carilion Clinic 

Randy Oostra
President & CEO of ProMedica

Chris Van Gorder
President & CEO of Scripps Health

Nancy Schlichting
CEO of Henry Ford Health System

Anthony Tersigni, EdD
President & CEO of Ascension 



The 7 Biggest Healthcare Issues in 2015 So Far
As we move into the second half of the year, this article examines some of the biggest issues that have emerged so far. Click here to Continue >> 

10 Largest For-Profit Hospital Systems
Here are 10 of the largest for-profit hospital systems in the U.S., based on number of acute-care hospitals. Click here to Continue >> 

10 Largest Nonprofit Hospital Systems
Here are 10 of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S., based on number of short-term, acute-care hospitals. Click here to Continue >> 

Mid-Year Report: 9 Called-Off Hospital, Health System Deals
The following is a compilation of all the called-off hospital and health system deals that have been reported this year by Becker's Hospital Review as of June 11, starting with the most recent. Click here to Continue >> 

8 Epic EHR Implementations With the Biggest Price Tags in 2015
Investments in EHR systems are undoubtedly costly, but some implementations appear to carry more costs than others. Click here to Continue >> 

30 ACOs With the Largest Physician Networks
Due to increased interest and consolidation in the value-based care space, accountable care organizations are growing rapidly. Click here to Continue >> 

Physician Salary by Specialty: 16 Averages
Most physician specialty salaries are growing, according to results of a 2015 survey based on 2014 income information from physician search company, The Medicus Firm. Click here to Continue >> 

25 Largest Hospitals in America
Here are the 25 largest hospitals in the United States, listed by number of beds. Click here to Continue >> 

50 Great Health Systems to Know
Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to present its list of 50 Great Health Systems to Know, an accompaniment to the list of 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015. Click here to Continue >> 

CMS Proposes Changes to Physician Fee Schedule: 15 Things to Know
CMS has released a proposed rule that would update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2016. Click here to Continue >> 

Executive Exclusives

3 Thoughts From athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush: What He's Reading, Who He Admires and What News He's Watching Like a Hawk 
Jonathan Bush, cofounder, CEO and president of Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth, was in Chicago Wednesday at the National Healthcare Innovation Summit. Here, he answered a few of our questions. Click here to Continue >>

3 Health System CEOs on Role Models, Nonnegotiables and Summer Reads
We caught up with three top healthcare CEOs - Nancy Howell Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health, and Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica - to hear about the people who have influenced and inspired them, what they value most in a colleague, how they expect the unexpected and the books they couldn't put down. Click here to Continue >>

Take Your Vacation: Why Henry Ford CEO Nancy Schlichting Endorses Getaways
The United States is the only developed country that doesn't mandate paid time off, and large proportions of American workers that are allotted vacation days don't even use them. Click here to Continue >>

The Corner Office: Ascension CEO Dr. Anthony Tersigni on Cutting Through the Red Tape
Anthony Tersigni, EdD, is the first president and CEO of Ascension, a Catholic healthcare organization and parent of St. Louis-based Ascension Health, the largest Catholic and nonprofit health system in the U.S. Click here to Continue >>

Thought Leadership

Mega-Mergers Between Health Insurers: 5 Health System CEOs Get Candid
Three CEOs from some of the largest health systems in the country shared their opinions about health insurers and the potential consolidation in the insurance sector. Click here to Continue >>  

Merged and None the Wiser: What Keeps Hospitals From Gaining Economies of Scale?
A merger or acquisition may make great sense on paper, but hospitals often face difficulty in realizing the strategic benefits of the deal. Click here to Continue >> 

When Should a Hospital CEO Give Notice?
The life of a CEO means being willing to adapt to change. For some, these changes come faster than others. Click here to Continue >>  

Creating a Culture of Innovation: 6 Lessons From Edward Marx
"The great hope in healthcare is innovation," said Edward Marx, CIO of New York City Health & Hospitals Corp., in his keynote address at the Becker's Hospital Review Annual CIO/HIT + Revenue Cycle Summit in Chicago on July 20. Click here to Continue >> 


Tuomey Healthcare Loses Appeal, Ordered to Pay $237M Judgment
Sumter, S.C.-based Tuomey Healthcare System must pay the $237 million judgment previously entered against it in a False Claims Act case after a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the district court's ruling Thursday. Click here to Continue >> 

7 Hospitals, Health Systems Sue Feds Over Disproportionate Share Payments
Seven hospitals and health systems in North Carolina have sued the federal government claiming they should have received additional disproportionate share payments last year, according to a Triad Business Journal report. Click here to Continue >>

Anthem Strikes Deal to Buy Cigna for $54.2B: 5 Things to Know
Anthem has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire rival health insurer Cigna in a cash and stock transaction valued at $54.2 billion. Click here to Continue >>

Aetna's $37B Acquisition of Humana: 5 Things to Know
Hartford, Conn.-based health insurer Aetna has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Louisville, Ky.-based Humana in a deal valued at $37 billion. Click here to Continue >>

NJ Hospital Stripped of Property Tax Exemption
A tax court judge ruled June 26 that Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center failed to satisfy the legal test that it operated as a nonprofit, charitable organization, and further held that the hospital should pay property taxes on nearly all of its property, according to an report. Click here to Continue >>


St. Elizabeth's to Settle Alleged HIPAA Violation
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, Mass., has agreed to pay $218,400 to settle an alleged HIPAA violation and to adopt a corrective action plan for its HIPAA compliance program. Click here to Continue >>

DOJ Sues Michigan Hospitals for Alleged Antitrust Violations
The Department of Justice sued four Michigan hospital systems Thursday, alleging that for years the systems had unlawfully allocated marketing territories to limit competition. Click here to Continue >>

How Are You Combating the "Weekend Effect?"
When I drop by a hospital on a weekend, I often see fewer cars in the employee parking lot than on a weekday. This is called "the weekend effect," which is a well-documented problem. Click here to Continue >> 

Hospital & Health System Executive Moves

Hospital and Health System Rating Actions

Hospital & Health System Transactions 

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