Publisher's Letter: November 2011

November/December Issue. We are pleased to share with you the November/December Issue of Becker’s Hospital Review, our annual benchmarking issue, which contains 200 quality, financial and operational hospital benchmarks. The special benchmarking section begins on page 16.

This issue also includes an overview of the “biggest” healthcare stories of 2011. From the release of the Medicare Shared Savings Program proposed rule and the frenzy around the pros and cons of accountable care organizations that followed to the release of the more-positively received Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, 2011 has been an exciting year. In regards to Bundled Payments for Care Improvement, Valinda Rutledge, director of the Patient Care Models Group at CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, discusses the initiative’s rationale and answers some frequently asked questions on the new guidelines on page 27.

At the time of this letter’s writing, healthcare continues to be at the forefront of the national political stage. Medicare and Medicaid cuts to reduce the national deficit are currently up in the air, but the need to continue to reform these programs isn’t likely to fade away, even after the supercommittee makes its recommendations. Healthcare issues are being widely debated by presidential candidates, and the healthcare reform law will soon reach the nation’s highest court — all suggesting 2012 will be no less of an eventful year for those in the industry.

Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting. Please save the date for the Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting — CEO Strategy, ACOs, Physician-Hospital Integration, Improving Profits and Key Specialties. The event will take place from May 17-18, 2012 at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago. Chuck Lauer, former publisher of Modern Healthcare and now a career coach and motivational speaker, and myself will serve as co-chairs for the event. We are pleased to welcome keynote speakers Bob Woodward, Mike Ditka and Suzy Welch as well as a line-up of outstanding industry speakers, including a number of well-recognized hospital and health system CEOs, CFOs and other C-suite executives. For more information on the event, visit www.BeckersHospitalReview.com.

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Scott Becker

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