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Premier Q4 profits decline amid workforce shake-up

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 24, 2016

Healthcare group purchasing and services company Premier reported a slight decrease in fourth-quarter profit due to severance-related costs in its data software and consulting division.

Mercy Health's surplus wanes in aftermath of health insurance exit

By Bob Herman  |  August 23, 2016

The operating margin at Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio, fell to a slim 0.9% in the first half of this year. Higher labor expenses and the residual effects from a divested insurer hurt the not-for-profit Mercy.

Injured CFO of Integris won't be coming back

By Bob Herman  |  August 23, 2016

David Hadley, the chief financial officer of Integris Health, will not return to the Oklahoma City-based hospital system after suffering an undisclosed injury.

Blog: Behind Trump's claim that Obamacare cost 2 million jobs

Blog: Behind Trump's claim that Obamacare cost 2 million jobs

By Harris Meyer  |  August 08, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed in an economic speech Monday that his proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act would “save” 2 million American jobs. But there are serious problems with that statement.

Innovations: Software KaiNexus offers Lean an assist

Innovations: Software KaiNexus offers Lean an assist

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 09, 2016

Healthcare providers are quickly and enthusiastically embracing Lean process improvement principles to cut costs, become more efficient and enhance quality. But there's room for improvement even in the process of improving.

Minn. Blues insurer cuts back ACA exchange participation

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting back its participation in the state's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange next year after losing nearly $300 million in the individual market in 2015.

Meet the Medigap players

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Many of the largest carriers sell Medicare supplemental insurance. UnitedHealthcare, the health insurance unit of UnitedHealth Group, dominates the Medigap market because of its relationship with AARP.

Health systems with insurance operations have tough 2015

Health systems with insurance operations have tough 2015

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Not-for-profit integrated health systems continued to make money in 2015, but the margins were a lot tighter than the year before, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of financial filings. In some instances, their operational surpluses were slashed by half or more.

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