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CMS will modify—not scrap—'two-midnight' rule

CMS will modify—not scrap—'two-midnight' rule

The CMS plans to soften but keep the controversial "two-midnight" rule governing short hospital stays in spite of aggressive calls from providers and policy experts to abandon the policy.

$237 million Tuomey judgment upheld by federal appeals court

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 02, 2015

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a $237 million False Claims Act verdict against Tuomey Healthcare System in Sumter, S.C. The sum is believed to be the largest ever levied against a community hospital and exceeds the hospital's annual revenue.

Centene Corp. scoops up Health Net for $6.8 billion

By Melanie Evans  |  July 02, 2015

Centene Corp. announced Thursday it would buy Health Net in a $6.8 billion deal. It's the latest consolidation in a frenzy that has giant Anthem proposing $54 billion for Cigna Corp. and national insurers Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealth Group reportedly considering deals among their ranks.


Research

Building the IT Architecture for Accountable Care

Building the IT Architecture for Accountable Care

Read how the successful delivery of accountable care—whether defined as care coordination, population health management or delivering better outcomes at lower cost—will depend heavily on a well-coordinated health information technology system to achieve its goals.


Providers

Commentary: Let's stop 'discharging' our patients

Commentary: Let's stop 'discharging' our patients

Hartford HealthCare CEO Elliot Joseph says the term "discharge" means many things as a noun and verb—none of them pleasant. It is also all too accurate when referring to the release of patients back into the disjointed U.S. healthcare system.

Finance

Allscripts buys 10% stake in NantHealth

Allscripts buys 10% stake in NantHealth

Allscripts, a major EHR vendor, is furthering its relationship with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's NantHealth precision medicine startup, which plans to go public by year-end. The two companies hope to collaborate on a precision medicine platform for cancer care.

People

Podcast: How Paul Kusserow plans to turn around Amedisys

Podcast: How Paul Kusserow plans to turn around Amedisys

Paul Kusserow, president and CEO of Amedisys, a Baton Rouge, La.-based home-care and hospice company, discusses a recent management shake-up, the firm's expansion strategy and its moves toward risk contracting. He spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Steven Ross Johnson.

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