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M&A Watch: Hospitals seeking mergers with bigger players can be choosier

M&A Watch: Hospitals seeking mergers with bigger players can be choosier

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 24, 2015

Hospitals across the country have been rapidly consolidating for some time, but more of them are doing so now from a position of financial strength as they see increased volume and an improved payer mix under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

By Darius Tahir  |  January 24, 2015

Jerrit Tan, a first-generation Chinese-American, used to skip school to act as a translator for his immigrant parents and extended family when they visited a doctor. Now he has developed a smartphone app that provides medical interpretation services in 15 languages.

Inside medicine's gray zone

Inside medicine's gray zone

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 24, 2015

Researchers and cost-control advocates are increasingly questioning drugs, devices and procedures that proved effective in clinical trials but don't achieve the same outcomes once widely deployed. Sometimes they perform worse than cheaper alternatives already on the market.

Healthcare hiring boom will bypass hospitals

Healthcare hiring boom will bypass hospitals

By Melanie Evans and Rachel Landen  |  January 17, 2015

The healthcare sector will be hiring at a faster pace in 2015 as a healthier economy and shrinking uninsured population fuel an uptick in demand for routine and discretionary services. The hiring binge will be uneven, though.

Physicians blame patient 'treadmill' for missed calls

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 17, 2015

For a physician to deliver an accurate diagnosis, it requires time for thoughtful consideration of a patient's symptoms. But time is one element physicians say they don't have.

High court ACA case will drive 2015 healthcare debate

High court ACA case will drive 2015 healthcare debate

By Paul Demko  |  January 10, 2015

The specter of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down premium subsidies for millions of Americans will loom over the healthcare policy debate in Washington during the first half of 2015, and its fallout could dominate the second half of the year.

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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