Michael Wiechart will replace Dan Slipkovich as president and CEO of Capella Healthcare. Slipkovich, a co-founder of the 14-hospital group, will remain the executive board chairman of the Franklin, Tenn.-based chain....
Thousands of hospitals, large and small, are girding for cuts to their Medicare payments in 2014, as federal pay-for-performance programs aimed at boosting clinical quality, improving patient experience and preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions roll into their second year....
Hospital groups generally are not pleased with the new CMS rule converting the current five-level, intensity-based payment system for clinic visits into a single outpatient visit code. But at least one hospital official isn't too worried....
Emotions, money and health literacy can have a major impact when patients decide whether to choose surgery or other treatment options, whether to fill prescriptions and what foods to eat, say doctors, patients and healthcare researchers....
Competition over healthcare prices and quality is coming. Transparency and the radical redesign of health insurance benefits will be its handmaiden. Firms such as General Electric are leading the way....
Video News: Mayo Clinic's Dr. John Noseworthy (6:28)
Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy explains why the system chose a subscription model to strike clinical affiliations with providers around the country, its big-data deal with Optum Health, and the role the institution plays in its Minnesota home.
Information technology groups offered cautious praise to the CMS for extending Stage 2 of the electronic health-record incentive payment program to three years and pushing back the start of Stage 3... FULL STORY »
A major labor union is raising objections to Community Health Systems' pending acquisition of Health Management Associates, which is expected to close in the first quarter but still needs regulatory... FULL STORY »
By Andis Robeznieks | December 09, 2013
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The holiday markdowns continue. A repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth-rate physician payment formula can now be had for $116.5 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget... FULL STORY »
U.S. health officials have approved a highly anticipated hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences that is expected to offer a faster, more palatable cure to millions of people infected with the... FULL STORY »
The CMS is giving providers another year to show they've met the Stage 2 criteria of the federal government's incentive program to encourage the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health... FULL STORY »
The costly breast-cancer drug Herceptin is credited with making chemotherapy far more effective for many patients. But certain dosages of the drug may be allowing healthcare providers to double-bill... FULL STORY »
Though the use of health information technology has the potential to improve patient care, the risks it poses prompted the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS... FULL STORY »
By Jessica Zigmond | December 06, 2013
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Healthcare providers are growing more anxious as congressional leaders have yet to signal they will agree on a budget deal before House members are set to take off for the holiday recess in just one... FULL STORY »
Healthcare hiring rebounded in November, adding 28,400 jobs, compared with 18,500 in October. But the industry's job growth remains sluggish this year, according to federal data released Friday. FULL STORY »
Insurers have a seen a flood of enrollments since the Obama administration announced that HealthCare.gov is largely functional, but there's still significant concern over its back-end operations. FULL STORY »