July 2010 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

July 2010 Hospital Review Issue

Hospital Income From Employed Physicians Represents 5-10 Times Their Salaries

A new survey of hospital CFOs by Merritt Hawkins, a physician search firm, shows that hospitals typically earn 5 to 10 times more in revenue from employed physicians than what they pay them in salaries. Click to continue »

Physician-Generated Revenue and Average Salaries by Specialty

Merritt Hawkins' 2010 Inpatient-Outpatient Survey revealed the following statistics on the average yearly revenue by specialty and the average salary for employed specialists. Click to continue »

Hospital and Health System CEO and CFO Compensation From 2005-2009

Here are statistics on the average and median base salary compensation for hospital and health system CEOs and CFOs, according to Integrated Healthcare Strategies' Executive Compensation Survey. Click to continue »

Publisher’s Letter: July 2010

A Review of 100 Anti-Kickback and Self-Referral Settlements and Cases; The Erosion of Independent Medical Practice; Outpatient Trends – Six Key Issues; 10 Legal Issues Facing ASCs; Bobby Knight, Tucker Carlson, Lt. Colonel Bruce Bright and 95 Other Speakers; Co-Management Agreements; Anesthesia Models Under Attack; Streamlining Spans and Layers. Click to continue »

Average Daily On-Call Compensation by Medical Specialty

Here are the average daily on-call compensation rates for physicians by medical specialty, according to MGMA's Medical Directorship and On-Call Compensation Survey 2010 Report, Based on 2009 Data. Click to continue »

8 Statistics About Urologist Compensation

Here is the median compensation of urologists for 2005-2008, according to the AMGA 2009 Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey. Click to continue »

15 Statistics About Anesthesiologist Compensation

Here are 15 salary statistics about the compensation of anesthesiologists. Click to continue »

15 Statistics About General Surgeons’ Compensation

Here are 15 statistics about general surgeons' compensation. Click to continue »

8 Statistics About Ophthalmologist Compensation

Here is the median compensation of ophthalmologists for 2005-2008, according to the AMGA 2009 Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey. Click to continue »

8 Statistics About Orthopedic Surgeon Compensation

Here is the median compensation for orthopedic surgeons for 2005-2008, according to the AMGA 2009 Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey. Click to continue »

6 Statistics About Gastroenterologist Compensation

Here are the average annual salaries for gastroenterologists by region, according to the American Medical Group Association's 2009 AMGA Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey. Click to continue »

Renewed Hospital M&A Activity May Drive Surge in Joint Ventures

After several years of relative quiet on the hospital merger & acquisition front, 2010 may be the year things turn around, say those on the front lines. Click to continue »

6 Key Practices for Community Hospitals

As demographics shift and some suburban areas experience population explosions, community hospitals are being asked to evolve along with patient expectations. Click to continue »

Statistics on Independent vs. Affiliated Community Hospitals, 1999-2008

Here are statistics on the number of independent community hospitals compared to community hospitals that are part of a larger hospital system from 1999-2008, according to the American Hospital Association's Annual Survey of Hospitals. Click to continue »

Getting Ready for Meaningful Use: Positioning Your Facility to Meet the Guidelines

Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 first outlined the incentives providers would be able to receive for "meaningful use" of certified electronic health record technology, hospitals, physicians and other healthcare organizations have been gearing up and trying to figure out what the law will mean for them. Click to continue »

20 Top-Grossing Community Hospitals With 100 or Fewer Beds

Here are the 20 top-grossing community hospitals in the United States, defined as general (non-specialty) acute-care hospitals with fewer than 100 beds. Click to continue »

Steve Ronstrom: Hardwiring Mission and Values Into the Hospital Culture

For an organization to succeed, it is important that everyone accepts its mission and values, from frontline caregivers to leaders in the C-suite. Click to continue »

AHA Report: Bundled Payments Could Reduce Spending, Spur Quality Improvement

The American Hospital Association has released the first in a series of AHA Research Synthesis Reports, which discusses the potential implications of bundled payments and addresses key areas for consideration moving forward. Click to continue »

University Hospital Alliance Launches Program to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of 107 academic medical centers and their affiliated hospitals, has announced it is launching an initiative to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections, according to a UHC press release. Click to continue »

Insurers Push Las Vegas Hospitals to Improve Quality

The Health Services Coalition, a group of 24 self-funded insurance plans, has told a group of 13 Las Vegas area hospitals that if they do not improve the quality of care they provide, that they might send patients out of state, according to a report by the Las Vegas Sun. Click to continue »

More Than One-Third of California Inpatients Readmitted Within a Year

More than one-third of hospitalized Californians were readmitted to the hospital within a year, and Medicare and Medicaid patients had higher readmission rates than private-pay patients, according to a report by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Click to continue »

Failure to Correctly Code Catheter-Associated Infections May Affect Medicare Payment Policy

Errors by hospital coders affect accurate nonpayment by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for catheter-associated hospital acquired infections, according to a study by researchers at the University of Michigan. Click to continue »

6 Reasons Why Health Reform Law Won’t Reduce ED Overcrowding

Even though health reform will allow 32 million previously uninsured Americans to get regular care from physicians, many of these patients are expected to continue crowding into emergency departments. Click to continue »

ED Best Practices Can Help Ease Transitions Under Healthcare Reform

It is a common assumption that healthcare reform, by providing insurance to millions of previously uninsured individuals, will reduce volumes in the emergency departments of the nation’s hospitals. Click to continue »

How to Turn Around a Bankrupt Hospital: 4 Lessons From South Hampton Community Hospital in Dallas

When Ed Downs took the reigns as CEO of South Hampton Community Hospital in Dallas last summer, the hospital was emerging from its second bankruptcy.Click to continue »

As AMA Embraced Health Reform, Membership Fell 3.5% in 2009

In 2009, as many physicians criticized the AMA for its continuing support of the Democrats' health reform bill, membership dropped by 3.5 percent, according to reports on the AMA website. Click to continue »

How Accountable Care Organizations Will Operate Under Healthcare Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as the health reform law, contains more than a thousand pages of often fairly obscure provisions, but Section 3022 has particular significance for hospitals and physicians in the future, says Brian Silverstein, MD, senior vice president at The Camden Group. Click to continue »

19 States Refuse to Create High-Risk Pools Despite $5B in Federal Funding

Arizona has become the 19th state to reject a federal invitation to set up a high-risk pool to cover patients with pre-existing medical conditions under health reform, according to a report by the Arizona Republic. Click to continue »

Lawsuit Challenges Ban on Physician-Owned Hospitals in Health Reform Law

A federal lawsuit is being filed against the health reform law's ban on new physician-owned hospitals and expansions of existing facilities, according to a release by Physician Hospitals of America, a co-plaintiff. Click to continue »

Aligning Physician and Hospital Goals Through Financial Incentives: Advocate Health’s Clinical Integration Program

When Oak Brook, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care launched its Clinical Integration Program a little more than five years ago, very few organizations were aligning with independent physicians in ways that today would be viewed as the underpinnings of an accountable care organization. Click to continue »

Quint Studer: Using HCAHPS to Drive Patient Satisfaction

HCAHPS, or the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, is a standardized survey tool used to measure adult inpatient perception of the quality of care they receive at a given hospital. Click to continue »

A Review of OIG Self Referral and Antikickback Cases: 6 Categories of Non-Compliant

From 2001-2010, there were nearly 100 different HHS' Office of Inspector General physician self referral and kickback settlements. Click to continue »

Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, Christ Hospital Pay $108M to Settle Federal Kickback Accusations

The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and The Christ Hospital in Mount Auburn, Ohio, have agreed to pay $108 million to settle claims they violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Click to continue »

Nine Hospitals Agree to Pay More Than $9.4M to Resolve Kyphoplasty-Related False Claims Allegations

Nine hospitals in seven states have agreed to pay the United States more than $9.4 million to settle allegations that they submitted false claims to Medicare related to kyphoplasty procedures performed between 2000 and 2008, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. Click to continue »

Brett Gosney: 4 Ways to Improve Your Hospital-Based Orthopedics Program

Orthopedics can be a profitable service line for your hospital due to good reimbursement and increased demand for orthopedic surgeries. With a few adjustments, hospitals can move their orthopedics lines from good to exceptional. Click to continue »

Hospital and Health Systems Transactions

The board of directors of Bluefield Regional Medical Center agreed to sell the hospital to a subsidiary of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. Click to continue »

12 Steps for Hospitals to Comply With Core Measures From Keith Granger, Former CEO of Flowers Hospital

The highest scorer in the nation in CMS' Core Measures process-of-care program in 2009 was 235-bed Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala., an affiliate of Community Health Systems, which operates 122 hospitals in 29 states. Click to continue »

Hospital and Health Systems Executive Moves

Oakland Regional Hospital in Southfield, Mich., named Daniel Babb as its new CEO. Click to continue »

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