Publisher’s Letter: February 2011

11 Questions for 2011; Register for the Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting

11 questions for 2011
Here are 11 questions and uncertainties hospital and healthcare leaders will face this year:

  1. Will healthcare reform be repealed, revised, and/or implemented?
  2. Will there be further consolidation amongst commercial insurers?
  3. Will there be significant growth in hospital systems’ commercial payor shared savings and ACO type arrangements?
  4. Will there be a continuation or cresting in employment of physicians by hospitals?
  5. Will more independent hospitals merge into systems? If so, how extensive will the consolidation be?
  6. Will Community Health Systems take over Tenet?
  7. How many federal investigations and settlements will evolve as to False Claims, under-billing, RACs, Fraud and Abuse and Stark?
  8. Will hospital profits in the aggregate rise or fall in 2011?
  9. What will happen with the following five key service areas: cardiology, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and imaging?
  10. What new service lines will hospitals profit from?
  11. Which areas will hospitals struggle to profit in?

Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting
We are also hosting the Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting on May 19th and 20th in Chicago. The brochure for the conference is enclosed. We have a great lineup of presentations with nearly 53 sessions and 79 speakers. To register, please do one of the following:

  1. Call (800) 417-2035;
  2. Visit;
  3. Fax your registration to 866-678-5755; or
  4. Email

Should you register by March 1st, please note an additional discount of $100 on the registration form.

For information regarding exhibiting or sponsoring at the annual meeting, please contact Jessica Cole at (800) 417-2035 or

If you have any questions, or topics you want covered this year, please contact me at or 312-750-6016.

Very truly yours,


Scott Becker

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