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Mercy inks first virtual care deal with UNC Healthcare

Mercy inks first virtual care deal with UNC Healthcare

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 10, 2016

The collaboration is a new take on a common theme: Telemedicine meets clinically integrated network. And it will allow faster and broader telemedicine adoption than if each health system tried to build its own independent program.

WellCare craves M&A opportunities and has money to spend

By Bob Herman  |  February 10, 2016

WellCare executives are getting “formal M&A training” this month and will eventually scour the marketplace for promising Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans. The insurer has been storing surplus cash and now has $1.25 billion of “dry powder” to spend on transactions.

Rural or urban? Court ruling would let some hospitals save money by being both

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 05, 2016

Some believe a federal appeals court decision over hospital classifications could lead to millions of dollars in savings for hospitals across the country. The court Thursday invalidated a Medicare regulation that says certain hospitals can't be classified as both rural and urban.

Congress says MACPAC advice is vague and useless

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 05, 2016

Congress wonders whether the composition of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission renders it a biased and therefore unreliable source of recommendations.

Sanders wouldn't scrap ACA to create single-payer system

By Shannon Muchmore  |  February 04, 2016

During the last Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton said she shares Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' hope for universal health coverage but wants to build on the Affordable Care Act to achieve it.

Feds outline reforms for reservation hospitals

By Associated Press  |  February 03, 2016

Federal officials on Wednesday outlined a plan to improve care at hospitals that treat Native Americans in four Great Plains states, including creating a multi-agency group to focus on quality and patient safety and designating a single organization to accredit Indian Health Service hospitals.

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