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Hospitals in Systems and financial performance
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:13:37 Z
We are a part of a hospital system, and unfortunately have not had great financial outcomes due to decreasing volumes, contractual alignments, higher costs, etc.  I understand that since we are a part of the system, we have leverage to "tap into" the System resources to help keep our doors open.  I wonder to what point do the System keep this happening? We have a strong mission...

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:16:16 Z
While I might not agree with every effort pursued by the current administration, I think the administration's efforts to protect and encourage whistleblowing is a positive step in the right direction.  Now whistleblowers can even profit from bringing an infraction to light as they are given a portion of the recovered money.  It is imperative that organizations foster a climate in whi...

Organizational Changes due to Affordable Care Act
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:11:23 Z
With the one year anniversary of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, what kind of changes has your organization seen in terms of daily care delivery by the staff?  What are some of the strategies that your organization is pursuing, and how have they changed over the past couple of years?

Physician EMR adoption
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:00:41 Z
I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts and strategies for helping with EMR adoption among your medical staff members. Obviously, many newer physicians know nothing but EMR and could not live without it. Many other physicians, however, see it as something being shoved down their throat. They point out every issue and see EMR as a patient safety issue the also makes them more efficient. We a...

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:00:48 Z
The Joint Commission doesn't hold the monopoly on accreditation. They have lost some customers once they started requiring the self scoring. The Joint Commission remains the most popular and recognized accreditation body in the United States; however, there are a dozen other accrediting organizations to choose depending on your Program. Some of the other accreditating bodies are Community Heal...

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:22:58 Z
In theory, with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), fewer uninsured will show up for free treatment at hospitals. This means the charity care that has drained hospital coffers should reduce significantly, hence, the negative impacts to hospital revenues. Have you seen the positive impacts of the ACA in reducing charity care in your hospitals?