October 2014 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review


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On the Cover

20 Investment Niches in Healthcare
Private equity investment in the healthcare industry has grown considerably in recent years. Here are 20 investment niches to know and three observations on the evolution of healthcare as an investment area. Click to continue »
COVER3 3 Things the Most Innovative Health Systems Do
Three big-picture things that set three organizations apart from the rest when it comes to the art of innovation in healthcare. Click to continue »
COVER2 Is This the End for Hospital Charity Care?
With subsidized health plans available and Medicaid expanding in 26 states, some hospitals are scaling back their charity care programs. Click to continue »
Featured Podcast

Becker's Hospital Review Editor in Chief Lindsey Dunn chats with Reporter Ayla Ellison on charity care cutbacks by hospitals across the country, why the cuts are occurring even in states that opted not to expand Medicaid, and if the hospitals worry the reduced charity care could impact scrutiny over tax exempt status. 

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Publisher’s Letter

Executive Briefing: Payment Models and Reimbusement

6 Steps to Health-System Success in the New Reimbursement Landscape
Six steps can bring success to your organization in the new reimbursement landscape, whatever your level of commitment to population health and risk-based contracts. Click to continue »

100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs
Becker's Hospital Review has named "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs." Click to continue »

Untangling Innovation, Regulation and Competition in Healthcare
Legacy companies can't rely on regulation to protect them from competitive innovation. Click to continue »

Executive Briefing: Alternate Care Networks

The New Normal: 6 Keys to Optimizing Alternate Care Supply Chain
As the alternate care market continues to grow, the following six best practices can help healthcare organizations design and adopt an optimal supply chain. Click to continue »

CEO Roundtable

4 Health System Leaders Define Their Top Priorities, Challenges and What is Most in Need of Innovation in Healthcare
Four health system CEOs from different parts of the country weigh in on the most important thing they do, the biggest challenges they've faced in the past year, the complexities of healthcare technology and what in healthcare is most in need of change. Click to continue »

Executive Briefing: Patient Safety

Are Hospitals Really Serious About Patient Safety? 6 Things We Can Learn from Other Industries
With more than 400,000 Americans dying each year from preventable medical harm and errors, the question remains whether patient safety is really a priority in healthcare. Click to continue »

 Clinical Integration & ACOs

What the ‘Father of Modern Sociology’ Can Teach Hospitals About Physician Engagement
Max Weber, a sociologist, philosopher, economist and political scientist, is often referred to as the "father of modern sociology." Click to continue »

15 Things to Know About the Physician Shortage
According to projections by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the nation will be short more than 90,000 total physicians by 2020 and 130,000 physicians by 2025. Click to continue »

ACO Leader Roundtable: 3 Leaders on ACO Difficulties, Mistakes
The term "accountable care organization" was coined in 2006 by Elliott Fisher, MD, the director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Hanover, N.H. Since then, the ACO model has grown leaps and bounds as there are more than 520 ACOs in the nation, with the number growing each month. Click to continue »

The 10 Most In-Demand Clinician Specialties
Family medicine physicians are still the most sought-after specialty — for the eighth year in a row, healthcare staffing firm Merritt Hawkins found family medicine physicians to be the most in-demand clinician specialty based on staffing requests the firm receives. Click to continue »

22 Pioneer ACOs Remain After Sharp Healthcare Drops Out
San Diego-based Sharp Healthcare, which was selected as a Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization in 2011, has left the Pioneer program after determining its ACO was at risk for "significant shared loss" for performance year three. Click to continue »

Physicians’ Top 10 Considerations for New Job Opportunities
Proximity to loved ones is the No. 1 consideration of physicians who are considering new job opportunities, according to an exclusive Becker's Healthcare survey. Click to continue »

Executive Briefing: Patient Blood Management

Patient Blood Management Improves Outcomes, Lowers Costs
Traditionally, hospital leaders considered blood transfusions a commonly needed therapy and an unavoidable cost. Click to continue »

Financial Management

Has Maryland Found a Solution to the U.S. Healthcare Cost Crisis?
Leaders at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore don't need to worry about payer mix. Click to continue »

Finding the true cost of care: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta takes on activity-based costing
About two years ago, leaders at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta began to wonder if they could connect the facility's overhead costs to actual activity involved in treating the patient. Click to continue »

Moody’s: Nonprofit Hospital Revenues, Cash Flow Hit Record Low in 2013
Nonprofit hospital cash flow margins and revenue growth reached record lows in fiscal year 2013, according to a report from Moody's Investors Service. Click to continue »

Average Cost Per Inpatient Day Across 50 States
Here are average costs per inpatient day in 2011, organized by hospital ownership type, in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, according to the latest statistics from Kaiser State Health Facts. Click to continue »

Executive Briefing: Growing OR Case Volume

Has Your Surgery Department Lost Business to ASCs?
3 strategies thriving ORs are using to win back case volume. Click to continue »

Health IT

How 3 Startups Found Success in the Current Digital Health Market
At the start of 2013, Kyle Samani was in Austin, Texas, leading development at EMR vendor VersaSuite. "I was there during the golden era of EMRs, when that was the buzzword," he says, recalling his recognition that healthcare would soon be moving past EMRs to the next big thing. Click to continue »

Cleveland Clinic, Medstar, Others Begin to Monetize Their Innovation
Proprietary software developed by Pittsburgh-based UPMC uses available data to help physicians choose the lowest-cost option that produces a patient outcome equal to or better than the best outcome recorded in past case files. Click to continue »

Where Hospital IT Departments Are Adding Staff
A majority of healthcare providers plan to hire at least one full-time IT staffer in the coming year, according to a survey from HIMSS Analytics. Click to continue »

The Conflicting Views on Epic’s Interoperability
Last month, Rep. Phil Gingrey, MD (R-Ga.) blasted electronic health record giant Epic during a hearing on technology and healthcare hosted by the Subcommittees on Communications and Technology and Health, saying the platform is not interoperable. Click to continue »

Executive Briefing: Critical Access Hospitals

How to Put Critical Access Hospitals in Positions of Strength
Five steps critical access hospitals can take to put them in a strong position to succeed in healthcare today. Click to continue »

Leadership & Management

The Most Important Thing a CEO Does: 17 Healthcare Leaders Weigh In
Leading healthcare CEOs on the most important thing they do. Click to continue »

Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40
Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to honor the following 25 men and women who have demonstrated excellence in their organizations and professional lives before turning 40. Click to continue »

Who Are You Hiring for Your C-Suite? 10 Statistics
Forty-four percent of internal hospital or health system CEO promotions were former COOs, according to a recent Billian's HealthDATA report. Click to continue » 

Executive Briefing: Executive Compensation

The Growing Influence of For-Profit Pay Practices on Nonprofit Executive Pay
Governing boards of nonprofit hospitals and health systems are reexamining their executive compensation programs to ensure they can attract, reward and retain the right executive talent required to lead the new healthcare enterprise. Click to continue »

Chuck Lauer: EHRs Seem Like More of a Problem Than a Solution
It's clear that at a crucial time for the industry — which is faced with declining reimbursement, consumer-driven care, a shift toward value and meaningful use penalties  — information technology has become more of a problem than a solution. Click to continue »

From the Editor’s Desk: Uber’s 3 Innovation Lessons for Healthcare
If you near a large metropolitan area, you've no doubt heard a lot about Uber, the ride sharing/taxi competitor, recently. Click to continue »

Corner Office: Dr. Ronald DePinho of MD Anderson Cancer Center on His One and Only Mission
Ronald DePinho, MD, has led The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as president since September 2011. Click to continue »

Hospital & Health System Executive Moves

Hospital & Health System Transactions 

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