Catholic hospitals operate under religious directives prohibiting them from performing certain reproductive health services, including abortions. As Catholic providers grow by acquiring non-Catholic hospitals, a study reports it's affecting access to that care.
Catholic supersystems are exploring partnerships that preserve their religious values.
A leaked draft of a Trump administration executive order expanding religious protections could make it easier for employers to deny contraception coverage and roll back anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals seeking healthcare services.
Dignity has entered talks with an academic medical center while still negotiating a possible mega-merger with Catholic Health Initiatives. Dignity's operating performance swung to a $30.8 million gain in the most recent quarter from a $47.5 million loss a year ago.
The Catholic health system will work with Lyft to ensure that a ride is always available for patients. Ascension is the first major hospital company to engage Lyft, which is rolling out a non-emergency medical transportation business across the country.
Ascension CEO Anthony Tersigni is planning to meet this week with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team to give input on healthcare reform. As head of the nation's largest not-for-profit hospital company, Tersigni has used his visibility to advocate for access to affordable care.
Many Americans are wondering about the future of healthcare in our country following the recent elections at the federal, state and local levels. It's too soon to know how events will unfold, but one thing is clear.
For 35 years, faith-based health systems have been exempt from federal regulations governing their pension plans. Now they face an uncertain financial future until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on whether they deserve it.
Six months before Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives announced they were in merger talks, the two hospital giants each dispatched small work teams to probe whether a deal was desirable.
A full merger would create the nation's largest not-for-profit hospital company with combined revenue of $27.6 billion ahead of the $20.5 billion posted by Catholic-sponsored Ascension.
Data Points for the week of Oct. 24, 2016, covered the following topics: Faith-based hospitals, Roman Catholic hospitals and quality at Catholic hospitals.
A transgender man says a Dignity Health hospital allegedly canceled his hysterectomy a day before the scheduled operation because of the system's faith-based policies, according to local media reports. It's the latest challenge against the Catholic system's ethical and religious directives.