Modern Healthcare recently hosted a webinar that featured a leadership panel willing to share their views on the importance of health IT systems, the challenges associated with implementation and their advice for other accountable care organizations. Here is an edited transcript of that discussion.
Ascension, a large St. Louis-based not-for-profit system running more than 130 hospitals, is seeing the returns from a restructuring effort focused on building regional networks in some markets while exiting others.
It's 'schizophrenic' balancing current growth with healthcare reform, says new University of Colorado Hospital CEO
Will Cook, the new president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, discusses the challenges facing academic medical centers, his ambulatory-care strategy, and the task of straddling the old fee-for-service and new population health management environments.
Hospitals and health systems added 15,900 jobs last month, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week. Hospitals created more than 100,000 jobs in the first eight months of this year alone.
Ascension Health, St. Louis, will add another hospital to its sizable Michigan operations in a deal to acquire a struggling solo hospital in that state.
Todd Kennedy has been named president of Providence Health System in Mobile, Ala. Kennedy, 39, will start on Sept. 7. He replaces Clark Christianson, who is retiring.
The complicated financial restructurings that follow not-for-profit hospital consolidations are requiring more advanced skill sets among chief financial officers and are leading to sharply higher pay for them, experts say.
MissionPoint Health Partners, an Ascension subsidiary that develops health plan networks and accountable care organizations, is going after employers' business in Alabama, Indiana and Florida.
Despite mounting public concern about sky-high pay levels for top-ranked corporate officials, the highest-paid executives at not-for-profit healthcare institutions racked up massive pay increases in 2013.
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As healthcare costs continue to squeeze budgets, employers are looking for ways to save money without alienating workers. And for one corporate giant, that means using the size of its workforce to negotiate directly with health systems.
Ascension Health, Dignity Health and Tenet Healthcare Corp. have reached a definitive agreement in a joint venture that would make Tenet the majority owner of the Carondelet Health Network in Arizona.