November 2015 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

November 2015 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

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On the Cover


The Two Words You Need to Say More in Your Hospital

Two of the most powerful words you can say to a person are those we learned as toddlers: Thank you. Click here to continue >>


200 Hospital Benchmarks

With the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care, physicians and hospital executives have an increased interest in using comparative data as a tool to help improve quality of care. Click here to continue >>


Keeping Million-Dollar Projects From Bleeding Beyond the Budget

Love them or hate them, everyone can agree on one point: EHRs are expensive. Click here to continue >>


A State-by-State Breakdown of 57 Rural Hospital Closures
Fifty-seven rural hospitals have closed since 2010 — and many more may be headed down the same path. Click here to continue >>

10 hospital bankruptcies so far in 2015
The following is a compilation of all the hospital and health system bankruptcies that have been reported this year by Becker's Hospital Review as of Sept. 15, starting with the most recent. Click here to continue >>

Fitch: Capital spending will rise for nonprofit hospitals
A growing number of U.S. nonprofit hospitals expect capital spending to increase in the next five years, according to a new capital expenditures report from Fitch Ratings. Click here to continue >>

Moody’s: More Nonprofit Hospitals to Offer Health Plans 

Dignity Health's operating income jumps 47% as net surplus tumbles
San Francisco-based Dignity Health's operating income increased in fiscal year 2015, as the system's net patient service revenue and premium revenue grew. Click here to continue >>

Geisinger's operating margin improves as premium revenue increases
Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System reported operating income of $159.8 million on revenue of $4.6 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30, compared to operating income of $136.8 million on revenue of nearly $4 billion for FY 2014. Click here to continue >>

Carolinas HealthCare expansion efforts pay off in first half of 2015
Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System reported net operating revenue of $4.4 billion for the first half of 2015, up from $4.1 billion for the same period of last year. Click here to continue >>

2 Kansas hospitals at risk of closing must look past 136-year-old rivalry for solution
Two Kansas towns are facing the potential loss of their only hospitals, and a longstanding rivalry between the two towns is complicating efforts to preserve healthcare services, according to a KMUW report. Click here to continue >>

New York hospital faces closure after buyer backs out
Officials from Pomona, N.Y.-based Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center intend to close the facilities at the end of the year after the planned private buyer backed out of the $32 million deal on Tuesday, according to The Journal News. Click here to continue >>

ACLU hits Trinity Health with lawsuit alleging EMTALA violations
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health for refusing to provide emergency abortions to women whose incomplete miscarriages put them at high risk of serious complications. Click here to continue >>

Executive Briefing

Secure Texting — A Pathway to Clinical Collaborations
From the growing popularity of value-based payment models to consumerism, a number of trends in the healthcare industry make it more critical than ever for physicians to have the ability to communicate in real time with the whole care team to improve the patient experience. Click here to continue>>


Executive Leadership

Words of appreciation: Thank-you notes from 8 health system CEOs
It's easy to forget to say thank you. Click here to continue >>

15 hospital, health system population health administrators to know
As the healthcare landscape changes, so must the leadership teams of provider organizations. Click here to continue >>

And then there was one: 11 CEOs who moved up or out after mergers
As hospitals consolidate, so must the C-suite. Click here to continue >>

Executive Briefing

Creating Change That Sticks— Lessons Learned From Years of Improving ORs 

Health Information Technology

EHR implementation: Keeping million-dollar projects from bleeding beyond the budget
Love them or hate them, everyone can agree on one point: EHRs are expensive. Click here to continue >>

25 quotes that show just how fed up physicians are with EHRs
More than half of the physicians who bill Medicare in the U.S. are currently being penalized 1 percent of their 2015 payments as a result of the meaningful use program, according to Steven J. Stack, MD, president of the American Medical Association. Click here to continue >>

Mayo Clinic CISO Jim Nelms resigns
Jim Nelms has stepped down from his position as chief information security officer of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, according to a Post Bulletin report. Click here to continue >>

ONC's final 5-year Health IT Strategic Plan: 10 things to know
HHS' ONC has released the final version of its Health IT Strategic Plan for 2015 through 2020, which aims to modernize the country's health IT infrastructure to boost the use of electronic information and improve overall health. Click here to continue >>

Executive Briefing

7 Steps to Achieve Physician-Hospital Alignment, Collaboration and Trust
Healthcare's second curve is coming fast. Hospital and health system leaders know they won't survive it without improving alignment, collaboration and trust with physicians. Click here to continue >>

Care Delivery

How to combat the most common excuse in healthcare
It's a line any hospital executive has heard before. How to combat the most common excuse in healthcare

What this physician thinks is wrong with quality benchmarking
Many physicians are now evaluated based on the health outcomes of their patients, or at least the numerical data that is closest to approximating the health outcomes of their patients. Click here to continue >>

Cleveland Clinic loses orthopedic surgeon over implant dispute
Orthopedic surgeon Raymond L. Horwood, MD, moved his long-running practice from Cleveland Clinic to St. John Medical Center, a University Hospitals facility, in order to continue using DePuy implants for joint replacements, according to a report in The Plain Dealer. Click here to continue >>

University Hospitals physician writes break-up letter to patient
A letter from a Cleveland-based University Hospitals physician serves as a reminder that the patient-physician relationship is a two-way street. Click here to continue >>

HHS grants $685M to clinicians for patient-centered care: 8 things to know
Nearly 40 national and regional healthcare networks and supporting organizations will receive $685 million to improve patient care as part of the federal government's initiative to overhaul payment methods for medical providers. Click here to continue >>

Meet the 2016 family physician of the year
The American Academy of Family Physicians awarded the 2016 Family Physician of the Year title to Maureen Murphy, MD, for her compassionate, comprehensive care. Click here to continue >>

Solving staffing conundrums: A system-wide domino effect
Staff scheduling is an ever-present headache in hospitals and health systems of all sizes. Click here to continue >>

Thought Leadership

Scripps’ CEO Chris Van Gorder on the Power of Inbox-Zero
Communication is arguably the most essential leadership skill. Click here to continue >>

6 questions with Dr. Imran Andrabi, CEO of Mercy Health-Toledo
Imran Andrabi, MD, wears many hats. Click here to continue >>

Quint Studer says we can heal physician burnout — and healthcare organizations can lead the way
As a performance expert and the mind behind Evidence-Based Leadership, Quint Studer has spent years advising hospital leadership on how to lead through change. Click here to continue >>

8 questions with Lynn Nicholas, CEO of Massachusetts Hospital Association
Lynn Nicholas, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, is one of healthcare's most influential leaders. Click here to continue >>

Chuck Lauer: The Patient Experience Revolution has arrived
It's becoming increasingly obvious to me that healthcare is entering a completely new world — one in which the patient experience is absolutely paramount. Click here to continue >>

The corner office: The Catholic Health Association's Sister Carol Keehan on having the courage to question
Few healthcare professionals have played such a key role in the tremendous change that has touched every facet of the healthcare industry as Sister Carol Keehan. Click here to continue >>



The Two Words You Need to Say More in Your Hospital

From the growing popularity of value-based payment models to consumerism, a number of trends in the healthcare industry make it more critical than ever for physicians to have the ability to communicate in real time with the whole care team to improve the patient experience.

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