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Supreme Court ruling carries implications for regulatory boards

March 03, 2015

State professional regulatory boards may seek out more state supervision or even change their membership makeup because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision against a North Carolina dental board accused of illegally suppressing competition.

Rewarding quality—The highest- and lowest-scored hospitals

March 03, 2015

See a list of the highest- and lowest-scored hospitals, based on 2015 combined penalty/reward readmissions penalty, value-based purchasing reward/penalty and hospital-acquired condition score. Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

16 fastest-growing industry sectors in healthcare

March 03, 2015

See a list of the nation's healthcare spending by 16 industry sectors analyzed in aggregate and ranked by percentage change of expenditure from 2012 to 2013. Source: CMS' Office of the Actuary, National Health Statistics Group.

25 largest U.S. teaching hospitals

March 03, 2015

See a list of the nation's 25 largest academic medical centers, ranked by the total number of residents and interns based on Medicare cost report figures, 2013. Source: American Hospital Directory.

CEO Bardis leaves MedAssets

CEO Bardis leaves MedAssets

March 03, 2015

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

FDA issues endoscope warning following superbug outbreak

FDA issues endoscope warning following superbug outbreak

March 03, 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.

Prime Healthcare to buy Philadelphia-area hospital from Trinity Health

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 02, 2015

Prime Healthcare Services has entered into an agreement to buy 126-bed Mercy Suburban Hospital, which is located in the Philadelphia suburb of East Norriton. The hospital is part of Mercy Health System, which became part of Trinity through its 2013 merger with Catholic Health East.

'Cadillac' tax likely to diminish union health plans, study finds

By Bob Herman  |  March 02, 2015

Health plans obtained through union collective bargaining agreements often include much more generous benefits than other employer-sponsored plans. But such benefits are likely to be pared down as the Affordable Care Act's excise tax nears, a new study in Health Affairs contends.

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