Premier Q4 profits decline amid workforce shake-up

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 24, 2016

Healthcare group purchasing and services company Premier reported a slight decrease in fourth-quarter profit due to severance-related costs in its data software and consulting division.

Mercy Health's surplus wanes in aftermath of health insurance exit

By Bob Herman  |  August 23, 2016

The operating margin at Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio, fell to a slim 0.9% in the first half of this year. Higher labor expenses and the residual effects from a divested insurer hurt the not-for-profit Mercy.

One-third of ACA exchanges will lack competition in 2017

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 23, 2016

More than a third of the Affordable Care Act's exchanges will have only one participating health insurer in 2017, significantly up from 4% reported this year, according to a recent analysis.

Changes in patent laws needed to lower high drug costs, study says

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 23, 2016

The government needs to better protect consumers from high prescription medication costs by setting tougher standards for companies seeking drug exclusivity protection for their brand name products, according to a study.

Baby boomers, drugs pushing up federal healthcare spending

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 23, 2016

Federal spending for major healthcare programs are estimated to increase by $55 billion, or 6%, in 2016 after a technical adjustment for payment timing shifts, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office.

Injured CFO of Integris won't be coming back

By Bob Herman  |  August 23, 2016

David Hadley, the chief financial officer of Integris Health, will not return to the Oklahoma City-based hospital system after suffering an undisclosed injury.

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