Mercy, Rockford Health to forge two-state ACO

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 30, 2014

Mercy Health System, a three-hospital, not-for-profit based in Janesville, Wis., and Rockford (Ill.) Health System, a two-hospital not-for-profit, will merge to create a new health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Healthcare spending continues slow-growth trajectory in Q3

By Melanie Evans  |  October 30, 2014

A first look at health spending in the third quarter suggests demand for medical care hasn't sharply increased this year despite the greater number of Americans who now have health insurance because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Prime Healthcare and Daughters of Charity deal faces scrutiny

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 30, 2014

More details were revealed Wednesday about Prime Healthcare Services' proposed acquisition of Daughters of Charity Health System as the parties submitted their takeover application to the California attorney general.

Medical liability premiums flat as California battles over caps

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

A TV political ad opposing Proposition 46 in California opens with black silhouettes of plaintiff lawyers shaking hands. In a later frame, a worried older woman opens a medical bill. A doctor in an empty hallway shakes his head. But liability premiums haven't been very scary.

Breier tapped to replace Diaz as Kindred CEO

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014

Ben Breier, president and COO of Kindred Healthcare, will take over next year as CEO of the Louisville, Ky.-based post-acute-care operator, which is in the process of ballooning into a $7.1 billion company through the buyout of another large post-acute company.

Insurers steal a beat from Apple, open retail branding stores

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014

Health insurers increasingly are building and staffing bricks-and-mortar retail centers to potentially expand their membership base and, most importantly for now, enhance their brand image with the public.

Rebranded Navicent sees surplus soar in Q3

By Rachel Landen  |  October 30, 2014

A tightening of expenses, coupled with larger investment gains, helped Central Georgia Health System's net surplus more than double during fiscal 2014.

Burwell taps Fitzpayne for chief of staff position

By Paul Demko  |  October 30, 2014

Alastair Fitzpayne has been named chief of staff to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. Fitzpayne has been with the Treasury Department since 2009, where he currently serves as the agency's top congressional liaison.

Geisinger using technology to increase patient engagement, CEO says

By Darius Tahir  |  October 30, 2014

Geisinger Health System has invested in health information technology innovations to transform itself from a fragmented, hospital-centric model to one that actively courts patient involvement and access, CEO Dr. Glenn Steele Jr. said during an industry talk Thursday.

Cigna posts better-than-expected Q3

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014

Although Cigna Corp.'s third-quarter profit dropped from the same period in 2013, the health insurer still beat analysts' predictions on its adjusted earnings per share.