CFOs respond to ACA by cost-shifting; Hospitals team up with device manufacturers;

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> A survey of chief financial officers by Bank of America yielded data about the Affordable Care Act implementation. Among the findings: Many CFOs expect to shift some of the ACA-related costs to their employees. Report (.pdf)

> Hospitals are teaming up with medical device manufacturers to cut supply chain costs, using software programs to cut down on the often time-consuming ordering process. Article

> Many rural hospital operators in Kansas fear they will lose their critical access facility designation. Article

Provider News

> "Hospital-dependent" patients are a distinct group from patients with chronic illnesses and hospitals must properly understand them in order to reduce readmission rates, two physicians write in an opinion piece for the New England Journal of Medicine. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Federal officials are loath to make public promises about easing the burden of health IT regulations and programs--let alone to a room full of CIOs. But a glimmer of hope emerged during a keynote session yesterday's College of Healthcare Information Management Executives CIO Forum in Orlando preceding HIMSS14. Article

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