September 2013 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

September 2013 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

HR Sept 2013


How Much Should We Expect Healthcare to Mimic Other Industries? 

One way people point out healthcare’s dysfunction is by comparing it to other industries. Click to continue »


Hospital Layoffs on the Rise: 4 Best Practices for Hospitals Facing the Last Resort

Large layoffs and workforce reductions have become more common at hospitals and health systems across the country, regardless of size or for- or nonprofit status. Click to continue »


Consolidation Nation: Where Will the Hospital Industry Stand After the Tenet-Vanguard Merger?

One of the most consistent drumbeats heard in the hospital industry over the past several years has been a crescendo of hospital mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and alignment strategies. Click to continue »


Publisher’s Letter


CFO Roundtable: 4 CFOs Discuss Changing Healthcare Economics

In the current volatile and uncertain climate of the healthcare industry, an experienced and passionate CFO is key to an organization’s ability to navigate those choppy waters efficiently and effectively. Click to continue »


Coordinating Care and Incentives: Q&A With Cleveland Clinic CFO Steve Glass

In the general context of finances, few hospitals or health systems compare to Cleveland Clinic. Click to continue »


100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know

A significant number of accountable care organizations have formed since this publication’s 2012 list of “80 Accountable Care Organizations to Know,” and there were also some noteworthy developments from existing ACOs. Click to continue »


9 Digital Patient Engagement & Hospital Marketing Strategies to Improve Patient Acquisition and Retention

The value of your hospital’s marketing efforts, both traditionally and online, can yield significant return on your marketing dollars. Click to continue »


7 Common Reasons for Hospital Transactions

We have observed an increase in the number of transactions between hospitals over the past three years. Click to continue »


9 Pioneer ACOs Plan to Leave the Program, Despite Quality Improvement

Nine of Medicare’s Pioneer accountable care organizations told CMS they plan to leave the program: seven informed CMS they would apply to become Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs instead, while two only told CMS they intend to leave the Pioneer ACO program. Click to continue »


67% of Physicians Report No Personal Financial Benefit From ACOs

Sixty-seven percent of physicians involved in an accountable care organization last year said they did not see personal financial benefits from their participation, according to Jackson Healthcare’s 2013 Physician Outlook & Practice Trends survey. Click to continue »


70% of Physicians Get at Least 3 Calls Per Week for New Practice Opportunities

More than 70 percent of practicing physicians and residents receive at least three solicitations each week about new practice opportunities, according to data from The Medicus Firm. Click to continue »


Hospital CEO, CFO Compensation: 54 Statistics - Part 1 , Part 2

Salaries for the hospital CEOs appear to be coming back in full swing, as the average hospital CEO received a base salary increase of 4.82 percent last year, according to a survey from Yaffe & Co., a healthcare compensation consulting firm. 


Stop Paying for Paltry Performance: 5 Tips For Hospital Leaders

American healthcare is rapidly moving from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance, a concept often tied to accountable care organizations, CMS’ value-based purchasing program and outcomes-based contracts with payers. Click to continue »


Moody’s: Hospitals Will See “Eroding Profits” in Move to New Payment Models

For-profit and nonprofit hospitals face growing risks to their bottom lines over the next several years as they complete the transition from a fee-for-service system to a value-based payment system, according to a report from Moody’s Investors Service. Click to continue »


Study: Larger, Investor-Owned Hospitals Typically Have Higher Charges

On average, hospital charges are almost four times higher than what Medicare actually reimburses, and those charges are usually higher for hospitals that are investor-owned, within a system and located in urban regions. Click to continue »


Number of Providers With Risk-Based Contracts More Than Doubles Since 2011

The number of providers with risk-based contracts for total cost of care has more than doubled since 2011, according to findings from The Advisory Board. Click to continue »


As Hospitals Rapidly Expand Into Ambulatory Care Sites, How Can They Better Manage Supply Chain?

As hospitals, health networks and health systems continue to extend their reach into alternate sites of care, including physician practices, the supply chain grows in complexity. Click to continue »


Updated Fraud Self-Disclosure Protocol: 5 Considerations for Healthcare Providers

In April, the Office of Inspector General of the HHS issued an updated provider self-disclosure protocol, revised from the SDP published in 1998. Click to continue »


FTC Releases New Guidance for Red Flags Rule

The Federal Trade Commission has issued revised guidance to help organizations comply with its Red Flags Rule, which requires businesses to watch for and respond to “red flags” of identity theft. Click to continue »


A Public-Private Enterprise: Why Intellectual Property is a Mainstay at Academic Hospitals

More than 30 years ago, two former senators, Birch Bayh of Indiana and Bob Dole of Kansas, drafted legislation that changed how medical inventions and best practices were shared within the healthcare industry. Click to continue »


From ICUs to PCMHs: Addressing Quality Across the Continuum of Care

As healthcare providers, we have to address patients’ health from the preventive stage to inpatient care to outpatient care. Click to continue »


The Value of Time in Healthcare

Because so much is still done manually in the chaotic, urgent and ever-changing environment of healthcare delivery, time can be wasted at virtually every step of the patient experience, from check-in to discharge. Click to continue »


How Investments in Community Health Pay Off

According to a study from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, a nonprofit hospital’s average return on an equities investment in recent years has been about 11.3 percent. Click to continue »


Chuck Lauer: The Patient is Your Boss

In professional life (and personal life, for that matter), everybody is accountable to someone. Click to continue »


Hospital & Health System Executive Moves


Hospital & Health System Transactions






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