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Top-paid healthcare CEOs see pay grow faster than profits

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

Total compensation for some of the highest-paid CEOs in the healthcare industry increased faster than their companies' profits last year, a Modern Healthcare analysis of the first firms to report executive pay found.

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

For women who aspire to healthcare's executive-level roles, advanced education and the willingness to take risks may not be enough. Surveys of corporate leadership and healthcare management point to a continued, though narrowing, disparity of women to men in leadership roles.

Administration bears down on states to expand Medicaid

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 25, 2015

Healthcare providers have mixed responses to the administration's aggressive linkage of uncompensated-care funding to Medicaid expansion. Hospital leaders in Florida, Kansas, Tennessee and Texas strongly support Medicaid expansion but don't want to risk losing the money.

Late News

More docs get incentive pay, but many opt to take penalties

By Darius Tahir  |  April 25, 2015

WASHINGTON—The CMS paid out more than $380 million in incentive payments through its Physician Quality Reporting System and electronic-prescribing incentive programs, but more than 400,000 providers chose to accept pay cuts rather than participate in the quality reporting system.

CDC says Indiana HIV outbreak is tip of drug-abuse iceberg

By Andis Robeznieks  |  April 25, 2015

Federal, state and local public officials are working to get an HIV outbreak in rural Southern Indiana under control. But new cases are still being reported every day and they don't believe the outbreak has peaked yet.

The Week Ahead

House panel scheduled to release FDA overhaul bill

By Darius Tahir  |  April 25, 2015

The House Energy & Commerce Committee this week is expected to unveil a revised version of controversial legislation overhauling the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory process, with a hearing scheduled for Thursday. But as of late last week, there were still unresolved issues.

Regional News

St. Luke's loses bid for rehearing in failed antitrust case

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 25, 2015

A federal appeals court denied St. Luke's Health System's request for a rehearing before a full panel of judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, raising the possibility that the system might take its widely watched antitrust fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

News

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

By Paul Demko  |  April 25, 2015

There are signs of a partisan thaw in Congress that is allowing movement on healthcare legislation in the wake of the recent Medicare physician-payment overhaul. And a sharp uptick in lobbying spending by major healthcare industry groups suggests stakeholders see at least a temporary break in the...

Insurers face tougher oversight on protecting data

By Bob Herman  |  April 25, 2015

New national guidelines indicate health insurers will face tougher regulatory scrutiny over how they protect customers from data breaches. But the guidance likely won't do much to prevent cyberattacks in the first place.

Income-based 'churn' in coverage less than expected

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 25, 2015

Policy experts have worried that lower-income people would get bumped back and forth between Medicaid and exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act. But a Modern Healthcare survey of exchanges and insurers suggests such disruption has been modest so far.

Cover Story

Administration bears down on states to expand Medicaid

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 25, 2015

Healthcare providers have mixed responses to the administration's aggressive linkage of uncompensated-care funding to Medicaid expansion. Hospital leaders in Florida, Kansas, Tennessee and Texas strongly support Medicaid expansion but don't want to risk losing the money.

Features

Top-paid healthcare CEOs see pay grow faster than profits

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

Total compensation for some of the highest-paid CEOs in the healthcare industry increased faster than their companies' profits last year, a Modern Healthcare analysis of the first firms to report executive pay found.

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

For women who aspire to healthcare's executive-level roles, advanced education and the willingness to take risks may not be enough. Surveys of corporate leadership and healthcare management point to a continued, though narrowing, disparity of women to men in leadership roles.

More women in top jobs makes business sense

By Bob Clarke and Sherrie Barch  |  April 25, 2015

Welcoming women executives to your leadership team is a prudent thing to do because a diversity of opinions and experiences can make your organization only stronger.

Selecting the Top 25 Women in Healthcare

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

To select Modern Healthcare's sixth biennial list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare, sponsored by Furst Group, the magazine started with more than 200 nominations submitted between Dec. 15, 2014, and...

Editorial

Saving young brains

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 25, 2015

Every year, more than a million children under age 3 undergo operations in the nation's hospitals using anesthetics that the Food and Drug Administration and many clinical scientists fear may be damaging their developing brains.

Guest Commentary

Healthcare reform helps Catholic systems advance mission

By Sister Carol Keehan  |  April 25, 2015

Fewer than five years ago, the American healthcare system was in acute distress. Nearly 50 million people were uninsured and anyone could be denied coverage because they had a pre-existing condition.

Letters

Financial services sector offers lessons for healthcare IT

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

Regarding the April 20 Q&A, “Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability”, I spent 25 years as a chief information officer in the financial services industry, and I agree with the comment about technology interoperability.

Best Practices

Hospitals rethink how to train trustees

By Maureen McKinney  |  April 25, 2015

Some hospital leaders think new trustees without healthcare experience need about three years to gain confidence and competence in their role. But Dr. John Combes believes that thinking is dangerously out of date.

Q&A
By the Numbers
News Makers

Schwartz to head lobbying group for Medicare Advantage

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

Former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, 66, will be CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, a Washington-based lobbying organization that advocates for the private Medicare Advantage industry.

Data Points

Data Points for April 27, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

Data Points for the week of April 27, 2015, covered the following topics: E-cigarettes, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage enrollment, mammograms, antimicrobials, epidemiologists

Outliers

Tutus take over one hospital on Tuesdays

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

If it's Tuesday, don't forget your tutu at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Colorful skirts made of tulle and decorated with polka dots and fancy bows are de rigueur every Tuesday for patients and staff alike at the Hollywood, Fla., institution.

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