Nov/Dec 2012 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

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The 12 “Biggest” Hospital Stories of 2012

2012 has been quite a year for healthcare and for hospitals. During the last 12 months, the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s signature healthcare reform legislation and several of its provisions that most impact hospitals went into effect. Click to continue »

Managing the Transition to Value-Based Reimbursement: 8 Core Strategies to Mind the Gap

There is no shortage of challenges in healthcare today. One of the most significant challenges is managing what economic futurist Ian Morrison calls "life in the gap," according to an American Hospital Association report. Click to continue »

Pension Management Predicaments? 3 Dominant Hospital Pension Strategies

fter the economic collapse of 2008, the word "pension" became a somewhat frightening term. Click to continue »

Publisher’s Letter

Becker’s Hospital Review Special Strategy & Innovation Issue; CEO Strategy Roundtable; 2013 Annual Meeting Click to continue »

2012 CEO Strategy Rountable

Please join us for the Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Chief Executive Officer Strategy Roundtable from 4 - 6 p.m. on November 1st at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. Dinner and a reception to follow. Click to continue »

200 Hospital Benchmarks

Hospitals are constantly striving to improve their finances, operations and quality, but they need the proper metrics to turn those good intentions into measurable action. Click to continue »

Mastering the Matrix of Healthcare: Q&A With Syd Bersante, President of St. Joseph Medical Center in Washington

Syd Bersante, RN, has led St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., as president since November 2007 after joining the hospital's parent company, Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System, in 1990. Click to continue »

Passionate Physician Leader: Q&A with Dr. John McCabe, CEO of Upstate University Hospital

John McCabe, MD, has been a part of one facility in the Syracuse, N.Y., healthcare market for more than 25 years. Click to continue »

The Emergency Department is Overflowing With Opportunity

In a recent study it was concluded that the U.S. healthcare system should employ simple solutions that will improve patient care and save costs due to poorly managed care transitions, which are currently contributing to high spending. Click to continue »

6 Steps to Encourage Patient Safety Innovation at Hospitals

Following evidence-based practices is critical for preventing harm in a healthcare setting. Click to continue »

5 Compensation Options for ACO Physicians

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund, "Accountable Care Strategies: Lessons from the Premier Health Care Alliance's Accountable Care Collaborative," explores the various organizational models and compensation options for ACOs. Click to continue »

U.S. Physician Shortage to Reach 130,000

The U.S. has 15,230 fewer primary care physicians than it currently needs, and that number could grow to 130,000 by 2025, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges included in a Bloomberg report. Click to continue »

NCQA Releases ACO Measures

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has published Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set measures for accountable care organizations. Click to continue »

Providing Specialty Care Across the Country: NorthShore CEO Mark Neaman & Mayo Clinic Network Medical Director Dr. David Hayes Discuss Their Collaboration

Earlier this week, Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem announced it was joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Click to continue »

5 Questions to Discover Cultural Compatibility in a Hospital Transaction

Many hospital transactions are guided by the financial fit of two hospitals. Click to continue »

HHS Finalizes One-Year Delay of ICD-10 to 2014

Today, HHS issued a final rule (pdf) that officially changes the compliance date of ICD-10 from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014. Click to continue »

Hospitals, Providers to Lose $11.1B From Medicare Sequestration Cuts

Hospitals and other providers will see Medicare payment reductions totaling $11.1 billion this upcoming year, due to the Budget Control Act of 2011, unless Congress passes new measures to prevent the cuts, according to a report from the White House's Office of Management and Budget (pdf). Click to continue »

Cardiology & Medical Necessity: How Your Hospital Can Avoid Heart-Related Investigations

This past August, the U.S. Department of Justice sent guidelines to hospitals that dealt with the medical necessity of implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs. Click to continue »

Providers Can’t Challenge Year-Old RAC Audits, Court Rules

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that healthcare providers cannot challenge Medicare Recovery Auditors' review of claims that are more than a year old, according to an American Medical News report. Click to continue »

California AG Investigates Hospital-Physician Deals for Antitrust Violations

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris is investigating whether affiliation agreements between physicians and several large hospital operators are in violation of antitrust law, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Click to continue »

3 Major Trends for Call Coverage, Medical Direction

Payments for physician call coverage and medical direction from hospitals have increased over the past few years, as hospitals are facing mounting pressures to enhance their physician base. Click to continue »

13 Statistics on Daily Stipends and On-Call Physician Compensation

The most common form of on-call compensation for physicians is a daily stipend, according to the Medical Group Management Association's Medical Directorship and On-Call Compensation Survey: 2012 Report Based on 2011 Data. Click to continue »

104 Statistics on Hospital Executive Salary Growth

Hospital executive salaries have endured many ups and downs before, during and since the economic collapse of 2008. Click to continue »

Chuck Lauer: An IT Boondoggle?

A recent Wall Street Journal article left me speechless. Like a lot of other people in healthcare I have been indoctrinated with the belief that unless the industry fully and enthusiastically adopts information technology, hospital and health systems will never run efficiently and be able to deliver quality healthcare to patients. Click to continue »

4 Strategies to Boost Hospitals’ HCAHPS Scores

Hospitals' scores on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey are becoming increasingly important for hospitals to maintain market share and avoid losing reimbursement. Click to continue »

Hospital & Health System Transactions (Nov/Dec 2012)

St. Louis-based Ascension Health signed a memorandum of understanding with Tulsa, Okla.-based Marian Health System to acquire the three regional health systems that comprise Marian Health. Click to continue »

Hospital & Health System Executive Moves (Nov/Dec 2012)

Chuck Adams, CEO of Royston, Ga.-based Ty Cobb Healthcare System, announced his resignation. Click to continue »

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