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Reform Update: Ascension deals signal new economic reality in healthcare

Ascension Health, one of the nation's largest hospital owners, is expanding rapidly with a string of announced deals that its CEO says will grow its reach beyond hospitals to keep pace with rapid Obamacare-induced changes in the marketplace. But notably, Ascension is not on an acquisition spree....

Hospitals squeezed as revenue growth slows to all-time low

Revenue at not-for-profit hospitals grew at an all-time low of 3.9% last year with sluggish gains in both inpatient and outpatient activity, according to a report on 2013 medians from Moody's Investors Service. In comparison, hospital revenue increased 5.1% in 2012 and historically has grown about......

Ice Bucket Challenge offers great lessons in healthcare fundraising

While social media is deluged with videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads in the name of ALS advocacy and philanthropy, other healthcare not-for-profits can find marketing lessons in the challenge that they can use for their own fundraising efforts.Chief among those lessons is......

100 Most Influential People in Healthcare | Interactive gallery

See who made this year's list. Sort the gallery to show what's most and least common among the men and women changing healthcare, and then share your results....

Most Influential leaders have blazed bold reform paths

The man who may have to keep his veto pen handy to block congressional Republican efforts to repeal or roll back the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act took the top spot in Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare....

Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards finalists chosen

Modern Healthcare is proud to announce the finalists for the inaugural Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards, in conjunction with sister publication Advertising Age....

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Former HHS cybersecurity official found guilty on child porn charges
By Bob Herman | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal jury has convicted a former technology official within HHS on charges related to child pornography, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday.
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Ice Bucket Challenge offers great lessons in healthcare fundraising
By Rachel Landen | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
While social media is deluged with videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads in the name of ALS advocacy and philanthropy, other healthcare not-for-profits can find marketing...
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Reform Update: Ascension deals signal new economic reality in healthcare
By Melanie Evans | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Ascension Health, one of the nation's largest hospital owners, is expanding rapidly with a string of announced deals that its CEO says will grow its reach beyond hospitals to keep pace with rapid...
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Most-costly ACA plans cheapest for specialty drug patients
By Paul Demko | August 27, 2014
Individuals with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis or cancer will likely spend far less money if they enroll in platinum plans through the exchanges, even though those typically have the...
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HealthCare.gov computing change puzzles IT experts
By Virgil Dickson | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is planning on a change in data-hosting tactics as it seeks a new contractor to run HealthCare.gov. The agency expects the change will help avoid glitches in the exchange site operations but...
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Reform Update: CMS won't limit flexibility of Oregon CCOs, state says
By Virgil Dickson | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS and Oregon are stepping back from an apparent clash over how the state is paying the managed-care organizations serving Medicaid beneficiaries in its nationally watched Medicaid...
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Sharp HealthCare ACO drops out of Medicare's Pioneer program
By Bob Herman | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Another Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization has exited the program, renewing questions about its long-term sustainability. Sharp HealthCare, a five-hospital system in San Diego, said in...
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Medicare ACOs can learn lessons from earlier demo project
By Melanie Evans | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The precursor to Medicare's large and growing accountable care program ran five years and ended the month after the Affordable Care Act became law. The results, summarized in a new report, have...
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HealthCare.gov to be run by Connecticut exchange leader
By Darius Tahir | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The leader of one of the most successful state-based insurance exchanges will head to Washington to become CEO of the federal marketplace. The CMS named Connecticut's Kevin Counihan to the newly...
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Counseling encouraged for overweight patients at risk for heart disease, task force says
By Sabriya Rice | August 26, 2014
Overweight and obese adults at risk for heart disease should be referred to or offered intensive behavioral counseling for diet and exercise interventions, a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force...
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What you don't know about Obamacare can't hurt you
By Harris Meyer | August 25, 2014
For some Obamacare opponents running for Congress, when the evidence doesn't support their arguments they simply don't notice it.
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Google Glass-focused startup raises funds, joining others bringing Glass to healthcare
By Darius Tahir | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Startup tech firm Wearable Intelligence, which has already garnered attention for using Google Glass in healthcare, has raised nearly $7.9 million of a planned $8.37 funding round, according to a...
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