Sutter Health, a 24-hospital system based in Sacramento, Calif., has continued to improve its operating performance through the first nine months of the year, cutting expenses to overcome flat revenue growth.
Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.
The holiday season is a time when we count our blessings and shower gifts on those we love. It's also the time when we vow to do better in the coming year.
The federal government announced more than $665 million in grants to 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia on Tuesday to design and test new healthcare payment and delivery models.
In October, Modern Healthcare Custom Media hosted four healthcare executives at the Loews Vanderbilt hotel in Nashville, Tenn., for a discussion on implementing the latest care delivery strategies while facing the challenge of executing their missions profitably. Here's what the executives shared.
In a Q&A with Modern Healthcare Editor Merrill Goozner, Gary Gottlieb describes his push to bring Partners HealthCare into the accountable-care era and why he agreed to cap price increases to win approval to buy suburban hospitals.
The hope that accountable care would rapidly diffuse across the healthcare landscape to help reduce costs suffered another setback when federal officials last week admitted few Medicare ACOs are ready to assume financial risk.
As we look toward a new year, the ongoing accountable care experiment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act still has some critical unanswered questions.
Medicare's accountable care contracts have proliferated fast and the program is poised to expand again. But federal officials acknowledged that it may be difficult to maintain that momentum without easing the financial risk of participating.
The CMS is planning major changes to the financial incentives for Medicare accountable care organizations in a revamp aimed at preventing hospitals and medical groups from dropping out of the initiative.
Accountable care organizations have expressed frustration that patients assigned by Medicare have too little allegiance to the doctors and hospitals working to coordinate their care.
Mercy Health System, a three-hospital, not-for-profit based in Janesville, Wis., and Rockford (Ill.) Health System, a two-hospital not-for-profit, will merge to create a new health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.