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M&A Watch: Hospitals seeking mergers with bigger players can be choosier

M&A Watch: Hospitals seeking mergers with bigger players can be choosier

Hospitals across the country have been rapidly consolidating for some time, but more of them are doing so now from a position of financial strength as they see increased volume and an improved payer mix under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Huron to keep entire Studer Group management team

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 27, 2015
Huron to keep entire Studer Group management team

Huron Consulting Group's $325 million acquisition of the Studer Group will allow the larger firm to capture more of the small to midsize healthcare market, including the fast-growing physician practice space, executives said.

Indiana expanding Medicaid; 350,000 could gain coverage

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 27, 2015
Indiana expanding Medicaid; 350,000 could gain coverage

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and HHS have reached an agreement on the state's Medicaid expansion proposal submitted in July, according to CMS spokesman Aaron Albright. As many as 350,000 people could gain coverage as a result.


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MHInsights-How Hospitalists Can Lead on Quality

MHInsights-How Hospitalists Can Lead on Quality

As pressure mounts on hospitals to improve quality and reduce costs, they have turned to medicine's fastest-growing physician specialty—hospital medicine—to improve clinical performance and operational efficiency.


Technology

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

Jerrit Tan, a first-generation Chinese-American, used to skip school to act as a translator for his immigrant parents and extended family when they visited a doctor. Now he has developed a smartphone app that provides medical interpretation services in 15 languages.

Safety & Quality

Medicare's payment reform push draws praise and fears

Medicare's payment reform push draws praise and fears

By 2018, half of Medicare spending outside of managed care will be tied to incentives to manage quality and costs, federal officials said Monday. That was greeted with enthusiasm but also with warnings that the effort will be wasted if the new models are too weak or built on flawed measures.

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