June 2015 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

June 2015 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review



On the Cover


What If The Affordable Care Act Were Gone Tomorrow?
Although the practicality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act being fully repealed becomes less likely as more time passes and more of its provisions are adopted, there is still a great deal of doubt surrounding the law.
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Creativity before capital: Health systems and frugal innovation
What does innovation even mean anymore?
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5 important questions for healthcare leaders from North Shore-LIJ CEO Michael Dowling
Leaders can ask themselves a few questions every day to determine whether their organizations can, or will, make it to the other end.
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Publisher’s Letter

CFO Roundtable 

The Strategic CFO’s Role in Cybersecurity, Population Health and Transitioning to Value-Based Pay
The demands imposed on hospital and health system CFOs are becoming progressively complex and increasingly vital to the viability of the systems they represent. In today's healthcare climate, a CFO must be strategic, collaborative and energized — at the very least. Click here to Continue >> 

Executive Briefing: OR Efficiency  

3 Areas of Focus to Create a More Productive Operating Room

Financial Management 

Checking In: Financial Updates From 5 Health Systems

Few Consumers Report Comparing Health Insurance Plans, Prices and Physicians
Although the federal government has made efforts to increase the availability of health information, few people report comparing health insurance plans, hospitals or physicians on quality and prices, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released this week. Click here to Continue >>

Healthcare Industry Had Highest CFO Turnover in 2014
The healthcare and life sciences industry accounted for approximately 25 percent of the year's 138 CFO appointments, making it the overall leader in CFO turnover, according to the Wall Street Journal. Click here to Continue >>

3 CEOs Forecast King v. Burwell Decision, Healthcare in 2017
The CEOs of MemorialCare Health System, Ochsner Medical Center and Cook County Health and Hospitals each agreed about the likely outcome of King v. Burwell, although their perspectives differed about healthcare legislation under a newly elected president in 2017. Click here to Continue >>

150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know | 2015
Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to name the following healthcare finance executives to its list, "150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know." Click here to Continue >>

Executive Briefing: Patient Engagement Strategy 

Patient Engagement: The Hospital Leader’s 3-Step Roadmap

Leadership & Strategy

How 4 CEOs Spend the Bulk of Their Time
Chiefs from Baylor Scott & White Health, Henry Ford Health System, Rush University Medical Center and Saint Francis Medical Center define their top priorities. Click here to Continue >>

24 Thoughts from 5 Healthcare Leaders

Becker’s Hospital Review CEO Roundtable + CFO/CIO Roundtable brochure 

Revenue Cycle 

How to Make the Hospital Revenue Cycle More Like That of Starbucks and the Ritz-Carlton
Patients are increasingly becoming more involved in their medical care for a number of reasons, including the growing popularity of high-deductible health plans and the availability of price and quality data. Click here to Continue >>

Bucking the Trend: Why Owning Your Patient Billing is Smart
Earlier this year, Becker's published a recap article about a Black Book poll of healthcare CFOs, CIOs, business office managers and technology and financial services staffers. Click here to Continue >>

The New Hospital Bill: 7 Things Consumers Want
Consumers consistently rate hospital payment and billing processes worse than pharmacies and insurers in terms of convenience, transparency, affordability, reliability and seamlessness, according to a recent survey and report from PwC's Health Research Institute. Click here to Continue >>

Executive Briefing: Hospital Collections in a Newly Insured Environment

Capturing the Lost Dollar: Finding Solutions for Uncompensated Care

Executive Briefing: Revenue Cycle Management

How Patient Engagement Has Changed Revenue Cycle Management

Physician Affairs 

Dr. Farzad Mostashari: His Startup’s Newest ACO Initiatives, Physicians’ Feedback and the Next Generation ACO Model
Almost one year ago, Farzad Mostashari, MD, former National Coordinator for health IT at HHS, launched the startup Aledade, which helps bring together select independent primary care practices and provides them with the resources, services and technology to form accountable care organizations. Click here to Continue >>

PQRS Participation Increases, but Nearly 470k Face Penalties
HHS' former National Coordinator for health IT weighs in on how the startup Aledade establishes ACOs without hospitals, recruits physicians and plans to expand. Click here to Continue >>

Which Physicians Feel Most Fairly Compensated?
Physicians working in some of the highest-earning specialties — such as orthopedics and cardiology — are among some of the least satisfied physicians when in comes to compensation, according to a new Medscape report. Click here to Continue >>

Executive Briefing

The Two-Midnight Rule: Inching Toward Inpatient Status Clarification

Health IT

The Future of MedAssets and Sg2: A Full-Scale Analytics Business
In August 2014, healthcare performance improvement company MedAssets signed an agreement to acquire healthcare analytics and intelligence company Sg2 for approximately $142 million. Click here to Continue >>

A Glimpse Inside IBM Watson Health
Computing giant IBM made waves at the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago when it announced its plans to form a dedicated healthcare arm. Click here to Continue >> 

Epic to Waive Record-Sharing Fee
Health IT giant Epic will no longer charge a fee to exchange patient records with providers using a different EHR vendor. Click here to Continue >>

Where Are These 7 EHR Vendors Most Popular?
EHR adoption is at an all-time high, and practices and hospitals that have yet to implement an EHR platform have a number of vendors to select from. Click here to Continue >>

Sustainable Healthcare

Going Green 101: No Longer an Elective for Hospitals
Making hospitals more environmentally friendly may have once seemed like a trendy notion or expensive luxury that would fall by the wayside, but that's not been the case. Click here to Continue >>

Orthopedic Surgeon Roundtable

How Revision Knee Surgery Systems Can Improve OR Efficiency and Costs

Kenneth Kaufman: Beyond Healthcare’s Tipping Point
As I speak with healthcare professionals and journalists, the question I am most frequently asked is, "When will we reach the tipping point for a value-based health system?" Click here to Continue >>

Corner Office: Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Marna Borgstrom on Going Into the ‘Family Business’
When we were little, my siblings and I used to do house calls with [our dad] and I worked in his office as a teenager, interacting with patients, doing paperwork, and caught the healthcare bug. Click here to Continue >>

Hospital & Health System Executive Moves

Hospital & Health System Transactions

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