HHS releases proposed ACA insurance regulations

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By Jessica Zigmond, ModernHealthcare.com HHS on Tuesday issued highly anticipated regulations to implement provisions of the 2010 healthcare reform law related to health insurance market reforms. Starting in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will make it illegal for health insurance companies to discriminate against people who have pre-existing conditions, which HHS estimates… Read more »

Hospital cuts add to oversupply of health-care workers

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Originally published Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 8:10 PM, The Seattle Times A dozen years ago, hospital leaders, state officials and political leaders were wringing their hands about a looming shortage of nurses and other health-care workers. Hospitals were expanding, and health-care workers — particularly the most highly trained nurses — could almost pick and… Read more »

5 Surprising Benefits Health Insurance Exchanges May Have on Health Systems

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Written by Joe Davis, Founder, Medimetrix Group | November 15, 2012 In August, MX.com surveyed approximately 1,000 health system executives and found that nearly two-thirds — 62 percent — were either uncertain or held a negative view about health insurance exchanges (often abbreviated as HIXs) and their impact on health systems. In the haze of health… Read more »

Community Health Needs Assessment: Beyond Compliance

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Written by Steven B. Reed, Senior Manager, Blue Consulting Services | November 13, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision and announcement on June 29th validated the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The high court’s decision confirms the requirement that most non-profit hospitals must complete a comprehensive community health needs assessment… Read more »

8 Key Issues for Hospitals and Health Systems — 2013

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Written by Scott Becker, JD, CPA, Amber McGraw Walsh, JD, and Anna Timmerman, JD, McGuireWoods | November 06, 2012 , Becker’s Hospital Review This article explores eight of the most challenging and interesting issues that hospitals are facing as they move into 2013. Such issues include physician alignment strategy, the ability of hospitals to stay independent,… Read more »

3 Reasons Why Layoffs Don’t Benefit Hospitals in the Long Run

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Written by Bob Herman | November 07, 2012 , Becker’s Hospital Review Dean Gruner, MD, and Chris Van Gorder are not your everyday health system CEOs. Dr. Gruner is president and CEO of ThedaCare, a five-hospital system in Appleton, Wis., with roughly 6,100 employees. Mr. Van Gorder, a former police officer, is president and CEO of… Read more »

10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today

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Paul Spiegelman, Inc Magazine You might not feel it day-to-day, but business management is in a major transition.  The old days of command-and-control leadership are fading in favor of what might be better termed a trust-and-track method, in which people are not just told what to do, but why they are doing it.  More formally,… Read more »

Four parts of a successful strategy to reduce hospital readmissions

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November 12, 2012 7:23 am by Christy Rakoczy, Med City News   Readmission is a major problem in U.S. hospitals, so much so that Hospital Impact reports that one out of every five Medicare patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. Hospital Impact reports that these readmissions come at a… Read more »

Hospitals See More Jobs, But Mass Layoffs To Come

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Healthcare on track to see 124 mass layoffs, affecting about 8,700 people by the end of the year   November 5, 2012 | By Alicia Caramenico, Fierce Healthcare   Healthcare remains a bright spot in an otherwise bleak employment outlook, adding 31,000 jobs in October, according to data released Friday from the U.S. Bureau of… Read more »