December 2014 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

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On the Cover


The top 14 healthcare stories of 2014
A list of the 14 top healthcare stories of the year, selected due to their repercussions on the nation, our industry and patients themselves. Click here to continue>>


A Year in Review
For many financially troubled hospitals and health systems, 2014 has been a deciding year. Click here to continue >>


Will Bundled Payments Hurt Healthcare Innovation?
Bundled payment models —which involve a set price intended to cover each element of clinical care or support for a specific procedure or condition — could prove an effective way for the care providers to contain costs while improving quality. Click here to continue >>



Publisher’s Letter

11 CEOs: Why I Chose Healthcare
One CEO was influenced by her grandmother; another inspired by a conversation with a friend. Click here to continue >>

Becker’s CEO Roundtable: 12 Healthcare Leaders Compare Notes on Their Jobs and Their Industry
The rules of healthcare are changing: the tools transforming, the resources shifting — even the definition of success isn't firm. Click here to continue >>

Executive Briefing: Enterprise-Wide Image Viewing

Universal Viewers: The Future of Image Viewing
As a pervasive problem in healthcare, it may come as no surprise that a lack of IT interoperability is a huge barrier to enterprise-wide image viewing. Click here to continue >>

100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Heart Programs
Becker's Hospital Review has named the following organizations to the 2014-15 edition of its list, "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs." Click here to continue >>

Hospital Executive Roundtable

The Accomplishments and Challenges of 2014
This year has been another one full of change, challenges and opportunities for provider organizations and those who lead them. Click here to continue >>

The Year in Review

Hospital Closures and Bankruptcies
For many financially troubled hospitals and health systems, 2014 has been a deciding year. Click here to continue >>

Largest Hospital, Health System Layoffs
Thirty-seven hospital and health systems announced or implemented workforce reductions affecting more than 100 employees this year, at press time. Click here to continue >>

A Year of Mixed Results, Continued Growth For ACOs
This year has been a tumultuous one for accountable care organizations, with some reaping the benefits of value-based reimbursement, while others suffered financially and decided they needed to make a change. Click here to continue >>

Identifying Trends in False Claims Act Enforcement
With the government dedicating more resources to prosecuting violations of the False Claims Act and whistle-blowers receiving larger payouts from their cases, the future isn’t bright for hospitals and health systems, as there are forces from every angle targeting them. Click here to continue >>

Executive Briefing: Patient Flow in the Emergency Department

Department “Teams” Deliver Results
The ED team model assigns a team of providers to a certain number of beds in a small geographic area of the department, allowing for increased collaboration among caregivers, improved overall efficiency and better patient satisfaction. Click here to continue>>

Executive Compensation

Simple and strategic: The next generation of executive benefits
Hospitals and health systems are moving away from complex, difficult-to-administer executive benefits in favor of streamlined programs designed to withstand scrutiny and enhance organizational stability. Click here to continue >>

Health IT

Life After Healthcare: Why CIOs Do, and Don’t, Leave The Industry 
In September, Philip Fasano made headlines when he ended his seven-year tenure as CIO of Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente to become CIO of insurance giant AIG. Click here to continue >>

Executive Briefing: Perioperative Management and OR Productivity

Managing Cultural Change When Moving From Fee to Value: 11 Healthcare Leaders Respond 
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything, playwright George Bernard Shaw once said. Click here to continue >>

Leadership & Management

Patient Experience Affects Us All: Q&A With Cleveland Clinic CFO Dr. James Merlino
At some point in life, everyone will be a patient — and that reason alone is why improving patient experience should be the focus of hospitals and health systems nationwide. Click here to continue>>

Chuck Lauer: Honoring One of Healthcare’s Finest
Over the years I have had the privilege of writing about a number of special people in our industry who have demonstrated incredible courage and persistence in helping others. Click here to continue>>

The Corner Office: Dr. Richard Afable of St. Joseph Hoag Health on Knocking Down Barriers, One by One
"I'm more excited about healthcare today than I was 10 years ago, primarily because of the change and the fact that the script is not written — you get to participate." Click here to continue>>

Hospital & Health System Executive Moves

Hospital & Health System Transactions

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