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Hospitals and health systems try their best to anticipate and meet the demand for specific drugs. But drug shortages - whether due to outbreaks of specific illnesses or unanticipated supply bottlenecks - are a fact of life in the medical world. more
Underfunding security is a fairly common practice in the healthcare industry, but CFOs need to recognize how critical it is to provide the... more
With the Office for Civil Rights gearing up to begin auditing providers, the best thing to do is to be prepared. more
In the effort to curtail the physician shortage, the industry is making a play for physicians who have left active practice. more
The role of the modern hospital CFO has changed considerably in recent years. Not only do they perform a vital strategic role overseeing enterprise... more
Home health agencies can help hospitals reduce readmissions and control overall healthcare costs, according to a new study, but how effective these... more
The ability of accountable care organizations to meet the goals of improving care and lowering costs may be hindered by health IT obstacles suggests... more
The use of long-term incentives at integrated health systems has doubled in the last two years, according to a compensation assessment of health... more
Our weekly look at career moves in the healthcare finance sector. This issue highlights promotions, hires and fires for the week ending Sept. 26,... more
New research suggests that socioeconomic factors can account for most of the geographical variation in Medicare spending. As a result, larger socio-... more
Hospitals are projected to save $5.7 billion this year as previously uninsured patients gain coverage through the 2010 health care law, the... more
The ranks of Medicaid keep growing, and at record levels. But while that's good news for hospital systems' uncompensated care budgets,... more
Donations to nonprofit healthcare institutions in the U.S. jumped significantly in 2013, according to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. more
Partnerships between retail pharmacies and various health systems may benefit hospitals as well as patients. more
The healthcare industry is notorious for being slow to adopt IT. A new study indicates that this slowness -- especially for up-and-coming forms of... more
Over the last decade, labor unions have had many successes gaining ground within the healthcare industry. In the coming years, the industry will see... more
Venture capital money is pouring into mHealth technologies, and much of that funding is going to support technology that benefits providers. more
Convincing electronic health record-reluctant physicians to get on board may have just gotten a little harder. That's because a technical glitch... more
As risks in healthcare get more significant and complex, vigilant monitoring must be a highly deliberate process requiring oversight by a cross-... more
Since the recession began, credit rating agencies have generally held a negative outlook on not-for-profit healthcare providers in the U.S. The... more
A program that combines a mobile app, analytics and direct intervention is showing promise in reducing the costs associated with hospitals' most... more
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will sponsor the advanced development of a next-generation portable ventilator to help fill the need... more
For U.S. community health centers, the recent announcement of $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding was welcome news. But the five-year period... more
Rather than waiting for innovation, one health system is looking to nurture its own clinical and technology advances, tapping into Amazon alums and a... more
For those that are struggling -- and even those that aren't -- a new exit strategy idea is being floated: launching a Medicare Advantage plan. more
California's lingering backlog of Medi-Cal applications has left hundreds of thousands of people unable to access the healthcare they are... more
In a scenario playing out in rural areas across the country, a financially-strapped critical access hospital's closure leaves a North Carolina... more
New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Premier, Inc., concludes that the inappropriate use of antibiotics in U.S.... more
Hospitals across the country are investing in clinical tools and personnel to solve the long-standing, increasingly expensive problem of readmissions... more
The value-based model of healthcare is gradually transitioning from the pilot phase to implementation, as health insurers and providers strive to... more
About a quarter of the 243 groups of hospitals and doctors that banded together as accountable care organizations under the Affordable Care Act saved... more
Predictive analytics uses a variety of statistical techniques that analyze current and historical facts in order to make predictions about the future... more
In the past, many healthcare executives could get by with functional skills in their area of expertise, but with the pace and scope of change in the... more
The current hospital-based system of graduate medical education does not meet the needs of modern healthcare delivery or the training of the future... more
Energy costs eat up a chunk of a hospital's budget. Demand response may help shrink those costs. more
Our weekly look at career moves in the healthcare finance sector. This issue highlights promotions, hires and fires for the week ending September 12... more
The Midwest's first proton beam cancer therapy center is closing its doors amid ongoing efficacy questions and financial struggles. This and... more
CMS health expenditure growth projections are not supported by cost indicator data from the Census Bureau. more
Weill Cornell Physicians, Cornell University's physician group, has inked a new accountable care agreement with Aetna, intended to enhance care... more
In the first part of our conversation with Money Atwal, who is both CFO and CIO at Hilo Medical Center in Hilo, Hawaii, he told us about how he and... more
As regional payers and providers take the first steps to begin working together in the era healthcare reform, one area they can start with is the... more
Solar power is not new to Kaiser Permanente, but the California-based health system is planning to ramp up its usage. more
US not-for-profit children's hospitals are likely to remain financially stable in the next year or two although changes on the horizon,... more
The currents of health reform and consumerization are getting more treacherous for incumbent hospital businesses, according to a new report by... more
Healthcare has had a reputation for being one of the strongest industries for generating new jobs. But recent changes in reimbursements and a shift... more
The administrative costs of U.S. hospitals far outstrip those of international hospitals and current pay-for-performance models are likely to boost... more
The human resources department may not be the first department in a health system that comes to mind in the transition to value-based care, but it is... more
Our weekly look at career moves in the healthcare finance sector. This issue highlights promotions, hires and fires for the week ending September 5,... more
Accountable care organizations are captivating because they contain elements of care delivery that most experts agree should improve healthcare:... more
As summer wound down, the country's employment situation remained mostly unchanged, with the most job gains occurring in healthcare and... more
National health spending is not looking so dire - at least compared to older trends, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in it... more

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