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Tight expense management helps boost surplus at Sutter

By Beth Kutscher  |  December 20, 2014

Sutter Health, a 24-hospital system based in Sacramento, Calif., has continued to improve its operating performance through the first nine months of the year, cutting expenses to overcome flat revenue growth.

Tennessee hospitals' funding of Medicaid expansion is about survival

Tennessee hospitals' funding of Medicaid expansion is about survival

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 20, 2014

Tennessee hospitals' decision to help fund Medicaid expansion under Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's new waiver proposal was driven by hospitals' financial survival as well as their desire to extend coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, hospital leaders there say.

Providers decry imposing EHR penalties in 2015

By Joseph Conn  |  December 20, 2014

A CMS announcement last week that many doctors and hospitals will see their 2015 Medicare payments cut by 1% for failing to meet federal electronic health-record incentive-payment program standards has provoked strong reactions from physician and hospital groups.

Obamacare enrollment on pace to meet predictions

Obamacare enrollment on pace to meet predictions

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 20, 2014

The latest enrollment numbers from the insurance exchanges show that after the first month of open enrollment, sign-ups are on track to meet or surpass the Obama administration's projection that 9 million to 10 million Americans will buy exchange plan coverage for 2015.

New drug tracking and safety law takes effect Jan. 1

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 20, 2014

The first phase of a new “track and trace” law to help manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and pharmacists better monitor the pharmaceutical supply chain goes into effect Jan. 1.

It's 'stupidity' to install health IT without re-engineering workflow

It's 'stupidity' to install health IT without re-engineering workflow

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 20, 2014

Dr. Glenn Steele Jr., president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, discusses how his organization is dealing with Medicaid and exchange-plan growth, his concerns about implementation of pay-for-performance and health IT, and his legacy at Geisinger.

Coverage expansion, low cost growth, continued reform battles highlight 2014

By Harris Meyer  |  December 20, 2014

Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.

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