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Bundling risk: New demo program shows CMS' eagerness to ditch fee for service

Bundling risk: New demo program shows CMS' eagerness to ditch fee for service

By Melanie Evans  |  July 18, 2015

The hips and knees of the nation's seniors were an obvious target for Medicare's first mandatory test of an alternative payment model for hospitals. But joint replacement isn't the only possible target. Hospitals are now on notice that Medicare will move ahead if they don't do it on their own.

IT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives

IT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives

By Melanie Evans  |  June 13, 2015

Healthcare has lagged other industries in investment and innovation in information technology. Now, scrambling to catch up, hospitals and health systems are facing a tight supply of skilled IT managers and executives that is holding them back.

Ruling against subsidies could hit hospital stocks harder than earnings

By Melanie Evans and Beth Kutscher  |  June 12, 2015

Hospitals and investors are banking on the U.S. Supreme Court or the states to save premium subsidies that have made health insurance affordable for 6.4 million people in 34 states. But the stocks of publicly traded hospital companies could take a big hit if that doesn't happen.

Ascension targets self-insured employer market

By Melanie Evans  |  June 11, 2015

Ascension Health, the St. Louis-based not-for-profit that includes one of the largest U.S. health systems, sees self-insured employers as the market for its growing health insurance arm.

Geisinger promotes software to improve clinical care

By Darius Tahir  |  April 13, 2015

Geisinger Health System demonstrated software for rheumatologists at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting Monday to promote its effort to disseminate its clinical management tools for use by other healthcare providers.

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.

Patient-focused UCLA leader tapped to head Geisinger

Patient-focused UCLA leader tapped to head Geisinger

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 28, 2015

Dr. David Feinberg's knack for improving patient-satisfaction scores and transforming the culture at the UCLA Hospital System was a major reason Geisinger Health System last week named him its next CEO, Geisinger leaders say.

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