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4 takeaway questions as the Senate looks at healthcare costs

4 takeaway questions as the Senate looks at healthcare costs

By Susannah Luthi  |  July 17, 2018

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held its second hearing on healthcare spending Tuesday, with lawmakers and witnesses trying to drill down on big questions that could lead to concrete health policy.

Hospital execs say inpatient volume growth isn't rebounding

Hospital execs say inpatient volume growth isn't rebounding

By Tara Bannow  |  July 16, 2018

A new survey of hospital executives found inpatient utilization increased 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 1% at the same time in 2017. Patients continue to flock to cheaper outpatient settings for services.

Docs don't drain hospital finances, systems say

Docs don't drain hospital finances, systems say

By Tara Bannow  |  July 14, 2018

Most health systems that responded to Modern Healthcare's Hospital Systems Survey said hiring more physicians either did not materially change their financial performance or actually improved it, a surprising finding given research that shows hospitals lose money on employed physicians.

Foxconn, Advocate Aurora launch data-driven health venture

Foxconn, Advocate Aurora launch data-driven health venture

By Tara Bannow  |  July 12, 2018

Foxconn and the newly formed Advocate Aurora Health announced a technology partnership Thursday to gather Foxconn employees' data to lower their healthcare costs and improve their health. If it works, they plan to expand the venture.

Dialysis centers are the health industry's growth story

Dialysis centers are the health industry's growth story

By H. Lee Murphy  |  July 11, 2018

While new hospital construction has slowed, there has been a surge in the development of dialysis centers. Dialysis has become a major growth field as diabetes and other kidney diseases have exploded.

Is private equity helping or hurting healthcare?

Is private equity helping or hurting healthcare?

By Harry Gamble  |  July 10, 2018

Some view third-party investment in physician practices as a vital trend that offers economies of scale that make healthcare more efficient. Others believe it fosters monopoly control while driving up prices. But nearly everyone agrees that further consolidation is coming.

CFO Roundtable: What keeps CFOs up at night? Rising labor costs, for starters

CFO Roundtable: What keeps CFOs up at night? Rising labor costs, for starters

By Tara Bannow  |  July 07, 2018

It's no surprise that labor costs are top of mind for chief financial officers. But with historically low unemployment numbers, that budget line item looms even larger as organizations try to figure out new strategies to not just recruit, but, more importantly, retain workers.

Fitch expects healthcare defaults will remain low

Fitch expects healthcare defaults will remain low

By Tara Bannow  |  July 05, 2018

The healthcare and pharmaceutical sector saw a lower high-yield default rate compared with the overall market between 2002 and 2017, and Fitch Ratings expects that low rate to continue for another year.

University Hospitals is hitting mark with proton therapy

University Hospitals is hitting mark with proton therapy

By Lydia Coutré  |  June 26, 2018

While some proton therapy centers across the country have reportedly struggled to stay profitable, officials at University Hospitals in Cleveland say they've found the "sweet spot" two years after the health system opened its own $30 million center.

Value-based care is the buzzword at HFMA's annual conference

By Tara Bannow  |  June 25, 2018

Modern Healthcare reporter Tara Bannow is attending the Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual conference in Las Vegas this week, an annual gathering of system financial leaders and vendors who provide products for revenue cycle management, data analytics and other services.

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