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Capella completes $900 million sale to REIT

By Michael Sandler  |  September 01, 2015

Capella Healthcare, the privately held, Franklin, Tenn.-based chain, Tuesday announced it has finalized its $900 million sale to a real estate investment trust. In the deal, Medical Properties Trust acquires Capella's properties and a minority ownership in operations.

Medicare Advantage plans to test value-based insurance design

By Bob Herman  |  September 01, 2015

The CMS Innovation Center unveiled a new demonstration program Tuesday that will allow Medicare Advantage insurers to encourage the use of clinically valuable services by lowering out-of-pocket costs for enrollees.

Retooled two-midnight rule gets mixed reviews

Retooled two-midnight rule gets mixed reviews

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 01, 2015

Providers and policy experts are split on the Obama administration's proposal to salvage the controversial two-midnight rule with a series of modifications intended to mollify its many critics. Some influential stakeholders still want it killed.

Patients much likelier to choose hospital that employs their doctor

By Melanie Evans  |  September 01, 2015

When patients have to go to the hospital, they're likely to choose a facility that employs their doctor, a new study suggests. The study, which finds that patients of independent doctors often choose low-cost and high-quality hospitals, hints that not all organizations are successfully integrating...

Wisconsin hospital, LifePoint finalize joint venture

Wisconsin hospital, LifePoint finalize joint venture

By Adam Rubenfire  |  September 01, 2015

Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health and Watertown (Wis.) Regional Medical Center have finalized a joint venture that will own and operate the 55-bed hospital.

Georgia's big Medicaid winners will soon be announced

By Bob Herman  |  September 01, 2015

This month, Georgia is expected to announce which private insurers will manage the care for 1.3 million low-income Medicaid beneficiaries. Analysts predict the incumbent plans will prevail.

Indiana University Health names new president and CEO

Indiana University Health names new president and CEO

By Michael Sandler  |  September 01, 2015

Current Indiana University Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Murphy has been promoted to president and CEO. Daniel Evans Jr. is retiring after 13 years at the post.

Justice Department sides with Planned Parenthood in lawsuit

Justice Department sides with Planned Parenthood in lawsuit

By Associated Press  |  September 01, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to oust Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program appears to violate federal law by denying Medicaid patients the right to choose their healthcare providers.

Agriculture secretary pushes reauthorization of child nutrition bill

By Shannon Muchmore  |  September 01, 2015

The Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which set nutrition standards for schools, expires at the end of this month. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said it gives children healthy choices that can reduce obesity and other chronic diseases. But others say the program has resulted in...

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