Finance, Revenue Cycle

Emdeon to Acquire Change Healthcare

November 19, 2014     John DeGaspari
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Nashville, Tenn.-based Emdeon Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Change Healthcare, which provides healthcare consumer engagement and cost transparency solutions. The company says the acquisition will enable it to combine cost and quality information...

Allscripts Continues to Struggle Financially, Stock Tumbles

November 7, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Allscripts, the Chicago-based electronic health record (EHR) developer, reported a $25.8 million loss in the third quarter of 2014. Coupled with a decrease in future bookings, the company’s stock dropped approximately up to 17 percent or more than two dollars per...

A Data-Driven Approach to Take Out Waste Pays Off

November 4, 2014     John DeGaspari
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Process improvements in hospitals are a big challenge, and one that requires more than technology to make an impact: it also takes executive commitment and employee participation to make a real difference. Case-in-point: Beaufort Memorial Hospital, a 197-bed...

Hospital CFOs Stretched Thin Because of EHR, HIE Investments

November 3, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Hospitals that are financially struggling are blaming investments into electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchange (HIEs) tools, and patient portals as to why they can’t upgrade revenue cycle software, according to a new survey.

Financial Performance Analysis: One Health System’s Journey So Far

October 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At CentraCare Health in Minnesota, CFO Greg Klugherz is helping to lead an organization-wide initiative to understand and improve financial performance across all areas of activity—with the help of sophisticated new tools

Striving Forward, Atrius Health Focuses on ACO-Driven Learning

October 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At Atrius Health, a non-profit alliance of six community-based medical groups in Massachusetts, mastering the ins and outs of the Pioneer ACO Program is part of a long-term strategic plan

Aetna’s Dr. Kennedy Opens the Health Plan ACO-Strategy Kimono

October 14, 2014     Mark Hagland
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What does it mean when a prominent health insurer picks sole integrated health systems to partner with in individual healthcare markets? And will such single-health-plan-single-health-system partnering become a trend?

Pioneer ACO Results: A Big Numbers Salad Right Now

October 10, 2014     Mark Hagland
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What do the first- and second-year Pioneer ACO Program results just published by CMS really mean?

Readmissions: The Numbers Are In, and They Are Dramatic for Hospitals

October 4, 2014     Mark Hagland
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The folks at the Kaiser Health News service have done a phenomenal job in examining what’s going on with Medicare readmissions penalties on hospitals, and the numbers are in—and they are dramatic for hospital leaders nationwide.

Geisinger Study Finds Telemedicine to Cut Readmissions, Costs for Heart Failure Patients

October 3, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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A Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) telemonitoring program significantly reduced hospital readmissions and cost of care for members diagnosed with heart failure, according to a recent study published in the journal, Population Health Management.

At Swedish Medical Center, Clinical Documentation Integrity is Paramount

October 2, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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In the era of healthcare reform initiatives aimed at increasing transparency, accurate clinical documentation has become vital. One medical center in Seattle has implemented a comprehensive strategy for better documentation—with proven results.

Optum Moves into Physician Group Space with Acquisition

September 30, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Optum, an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based clinical analytics firm, will acquire Irving, Texas-based physician practice management and revenue management software firm, MedSynergies.
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