July 2013 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

June HR mag


Hometown Healthcare Isn’t Dead: Why (Most) Smart Community Hospitals Can Still Thrive

Community hospitals sit on fertile ground, some experts say, because while the latest iteration of value-focused healthcare has urban tertiary systems in a tizzy, the hospitals with the smallest patient populations have been practicing their version of the population health since their foundation. Click to continue »

San Antonio’s Children’s Hospital Boom: How Alamo City Competitors Are Battling for Pediatric Patients

San Antonio is the seventh-largest U.S. city by population and second-largest in Texas. Click to continue »

Hospitals, Insurers Devote More Attention to the Cost of Cancer Care

Across the country, hospitals are planning or opening oncology institutes and centers of excellence for cancer care. Click to continue »

Publisher's Letter July 2013

July Issue; Becker’s Hospital Review CEO Strategy Roundtable Click to continue »

100 Great Community Hospitals

Becker's Hospital Review has named "100 Great Community Hospitals," a list based on hospitals' quality of care and service to community. Click to continue »

Nuclei of Local Healthcare: 5 Steps for Community Hospitals to Become Great

When it comes to the hospital sector, large tertiary facilities and academic medical centers like Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago garner a lot of the attention. Click to continue »

Aggregate, Assimilate and Integrate: Successfully Building an Employed Physician Group

The rapid decline of private practice physician groups has dramatic implications for health systems employing physicians in large numbers. Click to continue »

Study: 5 Ways to Improve Physician Satisfaction

Shifting from a physician-centered work distribution model to a shared-care model can lead to improved physician satisfaction and greater "joy in practice," according to a report recently published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Click to continue »

12 Specialties With the Most Burned-Out Physicians

Nearly 40 percent of the nation's physicians are experiencing at least one symptom of burnout, according to Medscape's Physician Lifestyle Report 2013. Click to continue »

3 Tips for MSSP ACO Application Success

Completing the Medicare Shared Savings Program application can be an arduous, time-consuming task. Click to continue »

Health Plan Survey: ACOs to be Most Widespread Value-Based Model

Out of six value-based care models, accountable care organizations are set to become the most widespread model among health plans, according to a recent report sponsored by Availity. Click to continue »

Implementation of Value-Based Payment Models to Begin With Employee Group Plans, Study Says

Seventy-seven percent of quality management leaders and chief medical officers report that the most popular target for implementation of value-based payment models is employee group plans, according to "Health Plan Readiness to Operationalize Value-Based Payment Models," a research study sponsored by Availity, a health information network connecting providers and payors. Click to continue »

55% of Hospital Execs Say Their Organizations Plan to Participate in an ACO by Year’s End

Almost 22 percent of hospital executives say their organizations participate in an accountable care organization, with 55 percent planning to be in one by the end of 2013, according to the spring 2013 edition of the "Economic Outlook" survey, by Premier healthcare alliance, a performance improvement alliance for healthcare providers. Click to continue »

Physician Salaries vs. Hospital Revenue Generated: 51 Statistics

Although primary care physicians bring in more net revenue to the average hospital, their compensation still lags behind those in several medical and surgical specialties. Click to continue »

Objectives Hospitals Must Pursue to Shift Successfully to Value-Based Care

As government and private payors shift their reimbursement strategies from fee-for-service to value-based contracting, hospitals are gradually becoming more on the hook, financially, for meeting certain quality and cost targets. Click to continue »

7 Strategies for Non-Profit Hospitals to Mitigate Pension Plan Risk: Moody’s

A solid majority of non-profit hospitals in the United States offer defined benefit pension plans to their employees, and those pension liabilities are creating huge financial hurdles for hospital executive teams to manage, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service. Click to continue »

IRS Cuts Non-Profit Hospitals Slack, Adds Requirements on Community Needs Assessments

The IRS released a new proposed rule loosening penalties on the health law's requirement for non-profit hospitals to submit a community needs assessment, granting some waivers for minor infractions and giving hospitals a window of time to repay taxes if they don't meet stiffer criteria to keep their tax exemptions. Click to continue »

Increased Transparency Necessitates Chargemaster, Revenue Integrity

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is greatly impacting how leadership — both inside and outside of healthcare organizations — view healthcare data. Click to continue »

Urgency Emergency: 5 Ways CEOs Can Cure Complacent Hospitals

Quint Studer, founder and Chairman of the Board of Studer Group, tends to disagree about something with his wife — when to arrive at the airport. Click to continue »

Comprehensive Healthcare Transformation Requires Comprehensive Change

Healthcare is changing fast, and the various changes impacting the industry are affecting the bottom lines of hospitals and health systems across the country. Click to continue »

Chuck Lauer: Look Me in the Eye

I'm always taken aback when I'm talking to someone and I notice they're is looking in a different direction. Somehow, somewhere, without realizing it, that person has developed the habit of not being able to look anyone in the eye. Click to continue »

Hospital & Health System Transactions

Alameda Health System based in Oakland, Calif., is expected to sign a definitive agreement to acquire San Leandro (Calif.) Hospital from Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health. Click to continue »

Hospital & Health System Executive Moves

Liberty Medical Center in Chester, Mont., appointed Dustin Ahrens, 26, as CEO. Click to continue »

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