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Ascension sells hospitals in Idaho, Washington state

By Dave Barkholz  |  October 01, 2016

Ascension will sell hospitals in Idaho and Washington state to the for-profit hospital company created this summer through the merger of RegionalCare and Capella Healthcare.

Wall Street takes wait-and-see attitude on AmSurg-Envision merger

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 30, 2016

Though the $10 billion, all-stock merger between physician-staffing giants AmSurg and Envision Healthcare has cleared several antitrust hurdles, Envision's stock price is down 19% since the merger was announced in June and AmSurg's is down 13%.

Post-discharge focus can build healthy behaviors and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 24, 2016

Building patient self-efficacy among patients to change unhealthy behaviors into new good habits—like reducing salt intake or tracking your weight daily—is one low-cost, high-return way to continue to make progress. And it benefits both the patient and the hospital.

SEIU urges New Jersey to force sale of five Prime hospitals

SEIU urges New Jersey to force sale of five Prime hospitals

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 24, 2016

The Service Employees International Union wants the attorney general of New Jersey to force a sale of five Prime Healthcare Services hospitals in response to a federal lawsuit against the hospital chain alleging it fraudulently billed Medicare.

Quest outsources revenue cycle to Optum, gains wellness screenings

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 13, 2016

Quest Diagnostics is outsourcing its revenue-cycle services to Optum, a giant UnitedHealth Group subsidiary, to reduce costs and improve cost transparency to customers. Quest will also become Optum's primary vendor for member biometric screening services Optum provides to employers and health plans.

Tenet wins revenue-cycle contract at Atlanta hospitals it sold

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 12, 2016

WellStar has contracted with Tenet's revenue-cycle subsidiary, Conifer Health Solutions, for revenue-cycle services at all of its 11 hospitals in Georgia, Tenet Vice Chairman Keith Pitts told analysts at the recent Baird 2016 Global Healthcare Conference.

Mylan school contracts for EpiPens under probe by NY AG

By Adam Rubenfire and Erica Teichert  |  September 10, 2016

Eric Schneiderman's office is investigating Mylan over “potentially anticompetitive terms” in its sales contracts with school systems in the state. Such terms were discovered in a preliminary review by the attorney general's office, according to a news release.

AMA, consumers urge N.Y. regulators to reject Anthem-Cigna merger

AMA, consumers urge N.Y. regulators to reject Anthem-Cigna merger

By Erica Teichert  |  September 08, 2016

The American Medical Association and several consumer groups called on a New York regulator to reject Anthem and Cigna's proposed $53 billion merger over concerns it will stifle insurance competition and lead to more costly, lower quality healthcare across the state.

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