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Administration bears down on states to expand Medicaid

Administration bears down on states to expand Medicaid

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 25, 2015

Healthcare providers have mixed responses to the administration's aggressive linkage of uncompensated-care funding to Medicaid expansion. Hospital leaders in Florida, Kansas, Tennessee and Texas strongly support Medicaid expansion but don't want to risk losing the money.

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

For women who aspire to healthcare's executive-level roles, advanced education and the willingness to take risks may not be enough. Surveys of corporate leadership and healthcare management point to a continued, though narrowing, disparity of women to men in leadership roles.

Top-paid healthcare CEOs see pay grow faster than profits

Top-paid healthcare CEOs see pay grow faster than profits

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

Total compensation for some of the highest-paid CEOs in the healthcare industry increased faster than their companies' profits last year, a Modern Healthcare analysis of the first firms to report executive pay found.

Why private-equity firms are buying up primary-care practices

Why private-equity firms are buying up primary-care practices

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 18, 2015

Private-equity firms traditionally have invested in medical groups that offer high-reimbursement potential, such as dermatology and dentistry. Now, equity firms are also scouting for primary-care practices that are ahead of the curve in value-based care.

Hospitals ponder meaning, value of CMS' new star ratings

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 18, 2015

About 7% of hospitals got the highest rating, 34% got the second-highest rating, and 19% got one of the two lowest possible scores in the CMS' new five-star ratings of more than 3,500 hospitals based on patient-satisfaction surveys.

Still not talking: Health IT interoperability remains elusive

Still not talking: Health IT interoperability remains elusive

By Joseph Conn  |  April 11, 2015

Interoperability of electronic health records remains a bridge too far for many providers, despite more than a decade of federal emphasis on information exchange and $29.1 billion spent on federal EHR incentive payments tied to requirements mandating interoperable systems.

Wachter not afraid to challenge status quo

Wachter not afraid to challenge status quo

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 04, 2015

For nearly two decades, Dr. Robert Wachter, 57, associate chairman of the department of medicine at University of California San Francisco, has tackled topics that challenge the status quo. “To me, that's part of the gig,” he said.

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

By Bob Herman  |  April 04, 2015

Provider-owned health plans continue to spring up or get larger as more hospitals and physician groups are moving to take on financial risk for their patients under value-based and capitated payment contracts.

Demand grows for care coordinators

Demand grows for care coordinators

By Melanie Evans  |  March 28, 2015

A growing number of health systems, accountable care organizations and medical home-style practices are deploying care coordinators—which some call navigators. That is changing how patients get care and it's changing the jobs of doctors, nurses and other front-line providers.

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