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January 9, 2012


Top Stories
By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The healthcare industry enters 2012 faced with familiar stressors: an unsteady economic recovery, high unemployment and the scramble to comply with a wave of new federal health policies.
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By Neil McLaughlin | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Happy New Year. Our first issue of 2012 contains a preview of the big issues and trends as seen by Modern Healthcare's reporters. As a complement to their coverage, we offer some predictions.
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By Rebecca Vesely | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
They say politics makes strange bedfellows. The rapid transformation of healthcare is making strange ones too.
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Late News
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear rejected the merger that would have united the University of Louisville’s hospital with two Kentucky affiliates of Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The CMS delayed two anti-fraud demonstration projects that drew heavy provider opposition after they were announced in November, according to a notice on the agency’s website.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HHS announced that seven new states are among those receiving performance incentives this year under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.
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Regional News
By Paul Barr | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
An already controversial situation in which a for-profit hospital chain agreed to buy a not-for-profit hospital in Jersey City, N.J., got even more interesting with aggressive interest shown by a second for-profit company.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
BOSTON—Steward Health Care System resigned from the Massachusetts Hospital Association, stating that the for-profit system can do more good on its own for the state's hospital industry by transforming into an accountable care organization.
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By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A federal judge in California has taken the extraordinary step of blocking sizable reductions in Medicaid rates to the state's hospital-based skilled-nursing units, concluding that state and federal officials likely relied on unreasonable projections and faulty reasoning about how the cuts would...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
FREMONT, OHIO—Memorial Hospital announced that it signed a letter of intent to affiliate with ProMedica health system.
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Cover Story
By Rebecca Vesely | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
They say politics makes strange bedfellows. The rapid transformation of healthcare is making strange ones too.
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Features
By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In 2009, not-for-profit community hospitals say the federal government underpaid them by a collective $8.2 billion.
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Special Report
By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The healthcare industry enters 2012 faced with familiar stressors: an unsteady economic recovery, high unemployment and the scramble to comply with a wave of new federal health policies.
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By Andis Robeznieks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When it comes to the possibility of replacing the sustainable growth-rate formula used to determine physician Medicare payment, 2012 might not look a lot different from the past year.
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By Rebecca Vesely | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health insurers in 2012 will continue to focus on complying with the many provisions of the federal health reform law affecting their business. They will also be keeping an eye out for strategic acquisitions that put them in the best position to meet the ongoing changes to the healthcare system.
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By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The weak economy and federal and state budget stress mean uncertainty for U.S. hospitals in the coming year, healthcare analysts say.
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By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While healthcare watchers will stay focused this year on the overarching legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many specialized lawyers are keeping an eye on one discrete niche of the law that allows hospitals to 'fess up when they broke the law.
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By Maureen McKinney | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The upcoming year will likely bring big changes on the quality front as the CMS rolls out the next phases of its value-based purchasing program and other insurers step up their efforts to link payment to performance, experts say.
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By Joseph Conn | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Two federal health information technology incentive programs will likely trigger explosive growth in 2012 in the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health-record systems by office-based physicians, but adoption rates will rise more slowly at hospitals.
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By Andis Robeznieks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While there's still pent-up demand for new healthcare construction and planning for new projects continues at a heavy pace, economic and political uncertainty are leading to another slowdown in the sector.
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By Ashok Selvam | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
First industry officials complained there weren't enough nurses. Then nursing school graduates complained there weren't enough jobs, and they attended school for nothing.
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By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Pricing pressure on technology and medical devices from hospitals will only increase this year, which will likely lead to more acquisitions among device manufacturers and an overall focus on reducing nonlabor costs within a hospital.
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By Paul Barr | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Executives for public hospitals and rural healthcare providers are looking to 2012 with concerns about the economy, potential funding cuts from Medicare and Medicaid as well as the future of healthcare reform.
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Editorial
By Neil McLaughlin | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Happy New Year. Our first issue of 2012 contains a preview of the big issues and trends as seen by Modern Healthcare's reporters. As a complement to their coverage, we offer some predictions.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
“Gov. Rick Scott is trying to persuade the Obama administration to give Florida a waiver from federal requirements in return for Medicaid funds.
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Guest Commentary
By Dr. Marlene Miller and Mark Wietecha | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
During the past decade, U.S. hospitals have made tremendous strides in prevention of hospital-acquired infections, such as central-line associated bloodstream infections.
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By the Numbers
By Modern Healthcare
A list of healthcare's 20 most frequently billed Medicare DRGs, ranked by 2010 Medicare patient discharges. Source: Thomson Reuters. Published Jan. 2, 2012, p. 33.
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News Makers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
ThedaCare, Appleton, Wis., promoted Kim Barnas to senior VP of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wis.
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Outliers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Nagging young adults about excessive drinking might actually work—that is if the nagging is done via text messages.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A man from the San Francisco Bay area has fathered 14 children in the past five years through free sperm donations to childless couples he meets on the Internet—and he is now in trouble with the federal government.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
One of the many year-end lists Outliers saw recently takes an interesting look back at the past 12 months in science news—naming the top five retractions made by science journals in 2011.
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Corrections and Clarifications
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HDR Architecture is the No. 1 architecture firm based on dollar volume in Modern Healthcare's 2011 Construction & Design Survey. A chart in the 2011-2012 By the Numbers supplement misidentified the firm.
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