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As rural hospitals struggle, solutions sought to preserve healthcare access

By Paul Demko  |  May 16, 2015

Nationwide, 51 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and the National Rural Health Association has identified 283 more that are in danger of going under. Some facilities may shift to providing emergency and outpatient care only, and link with regional hospitals for a broader range of services.

Ochsner taps apps for hypertension patients

By Joseph Conn  |  May 02, 2015

New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System was one of the first U.S. systems to begin managing patients with chronic conditions using tech giant Apple's new HealthKit data-sharing platform in conjunction with the Apple watch and iPhone.

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.

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