Publisher’s Letter: January 2011

2010 was an interesting year for hospitals. Hospital leadership, with the overhang of healthcare reform, aggressively examined and often moved forward with plans for accountable care organizations. Every system also seemed to be refining and adopting a new physician alignment strategy. Hospitals also had to pay new levels of attention to recovery audit contractor issues, fraud and abuse issues and other types of legal concerns.

Finally, a large percentage of the 1,600 to 1,700 independent hospitals in the country continue to examine whether or not they can stay independent and thrive for the long run.

2011 promises to be a really interesting year on several fronts as well.

Throughout the year, Becker’s Hospital Review will cover the most important issues facing hospitals. For a free subscription to the magazine mailed nine times a year, please email sbecker@mcguirewoods.com or visit our website at www.beckershospitalreivew.com. Please also review the channels and the website at www.beckershospitalreview.com.

We are excited to host the Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting May 19th and 20th in Chicago. The meeting is focused on ACOs, improving profitability, key specialties and physician-hospital integration. We have outstanding keynote speakers and 53 different focused business sessions.

If you register early for the meeting, by February 1, 2011, please deduct $275 from the registration price and register for the total price of $500.

We look forward to seeing you in May.

Should you have any questions, please contact me at (312) 750-6016 or at sbecker@mcguirewoods.com.

Very truly yours,

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Scott Becker

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