Blog: Getting personalized medicine—what's in a name?

By Howard Wolinsky  |  May 06, 2015

The terms personalized medicine and genomic medicine pop up regularly in hospital marketing efforts. But there is no consensus on what to call this new brand of medicine, which is based on the medical effects of the human genome, the constellation of 25,000 genes that make up each person. And the...

When a hospital closes, can a community's health improve?

When a hospital closes, can a community's health improve?

By Melanie Evans  |  May 05, 2015

Hospital closures typically cause upheaval in the communities they leave behind. It is less clear, however, that the closures lead to worse health outcomes for the community at large. A new study suggests at least some patients find better care.

NuVasive banks higher profits as new CEO era begins

By Bob Herman  |  May 05, 2015

NuVasive is officially operating with a new chief executive, and the San Diego-based manufacturer of spine devices posted a sizable turnaround in the first quarter thanks to favorable legal developments.

Community Health Systems returns to the black as patients come back

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 05, 2015

Community Health Systems, the largest chain by hospital count, has struggled in recent years to maintain patient volume at its rural facilities. But patients have started to return and the company is also capitalizing on cost savings from its 2014 merger with Health Management Associates.

Medicare payments still lean toward volume, not value

By Sabriya Rice  |  May 05, 2015

Of the $360 billion in payments Medicare made to providers in 2013, 58% continued to flow through traditional fee-for-service models with no regard for quality or outcomes, according to a new analysis by the employer-backed Catalyst for Payment Reform.

Global spending on cancer drugs reaches $100 billion

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 05, 2015

Global spending on cancer drugs rose 10.3% from 2013 to reach $100 billion last year as a host of new expensive breakthrough medications hit the market and patents on existing drugs limited price competition from generics, according to a report.

With strong volume and financials, HCA makes plans to spend

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 05, 2015

HCA, the largest hospital chain by revenue, will increase its capital spending over the next three years to make room for the additional patients it is seeing thanks to market share gains and healthcare reform.

Having a stroke in the hospital can mean slower care, not faster

By Sabriya Rice  |  May 05, 2015

Some of the sickest patients with the most urgent need for stroke treatment may be the least likely to receive timely life-saving care because they're in the hospital when the stroke hits. A new study shows hospitalized stroke sufferers waited more than two hours longer for brain scans.

Editor's note

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 05, 2015

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FDA launches website to track medical devices with IDs

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 04, 2015

Nearly three years after Congress called for medical devices to be marked and tracked with unique identifiers, data on the tracked devices are now available to the public.

Pollack draws praise as pick to lead American Hospital Association

Pollack draws praise as pick to lead American Hospital Association

By Paul Demko  |  May 04, 2015

The American Hospital Association has chosen Richard Pollack, its longtime lead lobbyist, to succeed Richard Umbdenstock as CEO. Hospital leaders say Pollack is the right pick, even though he never led a hospital or health system.

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