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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.

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.

Hospitals focus on antibiotic overuse as CMS prepares new mandate

Hospitals focus on antibiotic overuse as CMS prepares new mandate

By Maureen McKinney  |  December 20, 2014

Antibiotic resistance is a threat to national security. That's how President Barack Obama described the rapid growth of such resistance when he issued an executive order in September instructing HHS and the Defense and Agriculture departments to take aggressive action on the issue.

U.S. hospital operators see opportunity, risks in China

U.S. hospital operators see opportunity, risks in China

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 13, 2014

The Chinese government has relaxed foreign ownership rules to attract private hospital operators who offer better quality care to consumers widely dissatisfied with the current public hospitals.

Hospitals split on ending aid to uninsured Obamacare-eligible

Hospitals split on ending aid to uninsured Obamacare-eligible

By Melanie Evans  |  December 06, 2014

Hospitals and health systems across the country are divided over whether to deny financial aid to uninsured patients who are eligible for subsidized health insurance under Obamacare but did not buy a plan.

Managing care between home and hospice

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 06, 2014

Sutter Health has developed an integrated delivery model that advises patients in the gray zone between treatable disease and terminal illness on how to make the transition to hospice while still delivering desired healthcare services in a home setting.

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