There's no rest for the weary, and no one knows that more than the provider. The new year brought with it trepidation about regulatory changes. With full implementation of the 2010 health reform law coming, hospital leaders are looking at their budgets, strategic plans, workforce levels and goals for 2013.
Here are five of the regulatory trends hospitals will have to watch during the planning process this year:
1. Hospital payment cuts
It's not good news: Although physicians got a reprieve from falling off the "fiscal cliff," hospitals will bear the brunt of Medicare payment cuts. Congress came back with a deal passed at the 11th hour. Now signed into law, the American Taxpayer Relief Act includes a series of provisions that will hit hospitals' wallets to the tune of $10.5 billion.