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Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care and regulatory reforms.

ACA offers a lower-cost option. Why are only two states using it?

By Harris Meyer  |  February 06, 2016
ACA offers a lower-cost option. Why are only two states using it?

Here's what Manhattan freelance writer Marcella Durand feared when she went to an Affordable Care Act enrollment counselor for 2016 health insurance: a “terrible premium with a terrible deductible for a plan that covered nothing.” But she was "absolutely surprised" by a low-cost option.


Research

Healthcare share of GDP by country, 2016

Healthcare share of GDP by country, 2016

A one page list of 21 OECD nations with universal coverage, ranked by percentage change of healthcare GDP from 2000 and 2013. Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Published: Feb. 8, 2016, p. 34.


Providers

Doctor gets 30 years to life for prescription drug deaths

A doctor convicted of murder for prescribing exorbitant amounts of painkillers that left three patients dead was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison. The doctor, who was accused of prescribing "crazy, outrageous amounts of medication" to patients who didn't even need the drugs,...

Insurance

Blue Cross parent axes workers on heels of Obamacare losses

The job cuts come on the heels of big losses, fueled by capturing a large portion of enrollees who bought health plans on the public health insurance exchange. Through its Blue Cross plans, including in Illinois, Health Care Service Corp. offered some of the lowest-cost policies on the online...

People

2016 ACHE Awards: Recognizing outstanding healthcare achievement

2016 ACHE Awards: Recognizing outstanding healthcare achievement

The annual awards presented by the American College of Healthcare Executives recognize accomplished industry leaders at various stages of their careers. Read profiles of this year's winners, who will be feted during ACHE's annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership set for March 14-17 in Chicago.

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