Affordable Care Act credited with $7.4 billion drop in uncompensated care

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 23, 2015

Hospitals' uncompensated-care costs in Medicaid expansion states were reduced by $5 billion in 2014, according to an HHS report published as the healthcare reform law passed its five-year anniversary. The costs of uncompensated care declined $2.4 billion in states that did not expand the program.

CMS issues draft Stage 3 rules for EHR incentive program

By Darius Tahir  |  March 20, 2015

Draft regulations the CMS issued Friday would make significant changes to the federal incentive program that requires doctors and hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use EHRs. With some exceptions, hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals would be expected to conform to the rules by...

House, Senate leaders unveil permanent 'doc fix' bills

By Paul Demko  |  March 19, 2015

Congressional leaders have announced a bipartisan, bicameral deal to permanently repeal Medicare's loathed sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors. Unclear for now, though, is the fate of the Children's Health Insurance Program.

House GOP budget plan: Overhaul Medicaid, Medicare; scrap ACA

By Paul Demko  |  March 17, 2015

House Republicans are proposing far-reaching changes to Medicare and Medicaid as a part of a blueprint to balance the budget within 10 years. The proposal also reiterates plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including financial assistance for low- and middle-income individuals.

Faulkner funds foundation to keep Epic private

By Joseph Conn  |  March 10, 2015

Epic Systems Corp. founder and CEO Judith Faulkner has decided to leave much of her holdings in her privately held company to a specially created charitable foundation that will fund and operate not-for-profits in healthcare and other areas, as well as control her stock in the company.

Prime Healthcare nixes Daughters of Charity deal

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 10, 2015

Prime Healthcare Services is abandoning its bid for Daughters of Charity Health System, citing “onerous and unprecedented conditions” from the California attorney general.

Key justices hard to read in King v. Burwell arguments

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 04, 2015

Justice Anthony Kennedy raised the hopes of the Affordable Care Act's supporters Wednesday by expressing doubts about the premise of the latest legal broadside against the law to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. But plenty of other signals suggested the court could rule either way.

UCLA's Feinberg named Geisinger CEO

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 23, 2015

Dr. David Feinberg, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System, will become the new president and CEO of the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System on May 1, replacing Dr. Glenn Steele Jr.

FDA issues endoscope warning following superbug outbreak

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 19, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a general warning to health providers regarding the use of medical endoscopes for complex endoscopic procedures such as the one that led to seven people becoming infected with a superbug bacteria at a Los Angeles hospital. Two of those patients died.

CEO Bardis leaves MedAssets

By Bob Herman  |  February 17, 2015

John Bardis, chairman and CEO of MedAssets, has resigned from the company, effectively immediately, for “personal reasons” related to family health issues, MedAssets said Tuesday.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigns

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 13, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a former emergency medicine physician, has resigned amid allegations he steered consulting contracts toward his fiancee. Kitzhaber has steadfastly denied those allegations.

Courts prove tough crowd for consolidating providers

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 10, 2015

A federal appeals court ruled against Idaho's St. Luke's Health System and delivered another blow to the argument that mergers in the name of high-quality, coordinated care override concerns that dominant players will squash their competitors.

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