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Most hospitals face 30-day readmissions penalty in fiscal 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 04, 2015

Most hospitals will get less money from Medicare in fiscal 2016 because too many patients return within 30-days of discharge. Less than 25% of hospitals subject to the program targeting readmissions did well enough to escape the penalty.

Blog: Hospital mergers are different (according to hospitals)

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 04, 2015

The American Hospital Association asserts in a new blog post that consumers have less to fear from hospital mergers than they do from consolidation among large health insurers. Not everyone is so sanguine about the rapid consolidation of hospital systems.

New York health exchange plans get average 7.1% rate bump

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 04, 2015

Health insurance premiums on New York's state-run exchange will go up by an average of 7.1% next year. But rates differ greatly by payer, plan type and region, highlighting the difficulties of relying on crude averages.

Senate blocks GOP bill to halt federal funds for Planned Parenthood

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 04, 2015

The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes—a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections.

Tenet sees growth and growing pains in Q2

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 04, 2015

Tenet Healthcare Corp. has been growing and diversifying rapidly, and the cost of that growth was evident in the chain's bottom line in the second quarter.

FDA seeks solutions to mesh EHRs and drug research record systems

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 04, 2015

At the center of the huge U.S. drug research enterprise sit some of its lowest-paid workers, who do the data-entry scut work that holds most research projects together. Unfortunately, they often must juggle their tasks between separate data systems.

Slide Show: Behavioral health behind bars

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 04, 2015

Chicago's Cook County Jail has undertaken an innovative program to address the large number of inmates with behavioral health issues in the system.

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