Weak Economy Curbs U.S. Health Spending

Posted on December 1, 2011 by - Coors Insights - January 2012

by Julie Rovner No, it’s not quite going down. But health care spending in 2010 rose at the second-slowest rate in the last half-century. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that total health spending in the U.S. increased by 3.9 percent in 2010, just a notch above the slowest rate since the government started… Read more »

5 Top-Paid Medical Specialties

Posted on December 1, 2011 by - Coors Insights - November 2011

Written by Rachel Fields Here are 13 statistics about compensation of the five highest-paid medical specialties, according to MGMA’sPhysician Compensation and Production Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data. 1. Orthopedic surgery — spine Orthopedic surgeons specializing in spine made an average of $710,055 in compensation in 2009. Orthopedic surgeons (spine) working in a multi-specialty… Read more »

Money Matters: How the Hospital Revenue Cycle Impacts Patient Satisfaction

Posted on December 1, 2011 by - Coors Insights - December 2011

Written by Rachel Fields | December 19, 2011 Hospital leaders are increasingly prioritizing patient satisfaction, understanding that the experience of the patient impacts hospital finances, reputation and physician satisfaction. But one of the most crucial parts of the patient experience — the revenue cycle — is still neglected in favor of pushing customer satisfaction during… Read more »

Improving Your Health System in 10 Minutes

Posted on October 25, 2011 by - Coors Insights - October 2011

Written by Lindsey Dunn On Oct. 19, at the StuderGroup’s “What’s Right in Health Care” conference, five healthcare experts shared key takeaways for healthcare leaders in a session titled, “10 Minutes That Count.” In the session, each speaker was given just 10 minutes to get across an important message that could be taken back to… Read more »

Inconsistent CMS Pilots Leave Hospitals Feeling Swamped

Posted on October 25, 2011 by - Coors Insights - October 2011

Written by Molly Gamble A surplus of pilot programs paired with uncertainty over which models will actually stick is leaving many hospitals overwhelmed and feeling as though they can’t participate in more than one, according to a Politico report. Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System withdrew its application last month to participate in CMS’ Pioneer ACO… Read more »

From Treating the Sick to Managing Community Health: Hospitals’ New Role in Managing Population Health

Posted on October 25, 2011 by - Coors Insights - October 2011

Written by Lindsey Dunn Hospitals have long provided services aimed at improving the health of their communities, usually as part of their community benefit programs. It’s hard to find a hospital that doesn’t offer educational sessions, free screenings and other preventive health services, and many hospitals go beyond that. For example, hospitals are increasingly using… Read more »

25 Statistics on Physician Salary and Compensation

Posted on September 26, 2011 by - Coors Insights - September 2011

Written by Bob Herman   Here are 25 statistics on recent physician salary and compensation trends. Of the nine different geographic areas in the United States, annual median physician compensation was the highest in the North Central region so far in 2011 at roughly $225,000. Hospital ownership of an orthopedic surgeon‘s practice could impact the physician’s annual compensation. For… Read more »

Physician Integration: Hospital Medical Leaders Share Challenges, Strategies

Posted on September 26, 2011 by - Coors Insights - September 2011

Written by Sabrina Rodak Healthcare leaders are finding that physician integration will be critical for achieving the increased efficiencies and coordination necessary for meeting healthcare reform standards and for producing savings. Although integral to the formation of accountable care organizations, hospitals are pursuing physician integration regardless of plans to create an ACO because of the… Read more »