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Dr. Benjamin's successful advocacy targets population health

Dr. Benjamin's successful advocacy targets population health

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 16, 2016

It's been nearly three years since former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin stepped away from the public eye as the nation's top doctor. As the driving force behind the creation of the White House's National Prevention Strategy, she worked to reduce preventable illness as a means of...

Hospitals discover their inner venture capitalist

Hospitals discover their inner venture capitalist

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 09, 2016

The number of healthcare systems setting up venture capital arms has exploded as they seek commercial success and technologies to help solve their business problems.

Cerner, Ascension execs call for EHR standardization

Cerner, Ascension execs call for EHR standardization

By Dave Barkholz  |  April 08, 2016

Cerner President Zane Burke said Friday that connectivity between clinicians remains an issue despite about $30 billion spent by the federal government over the past five years to improve electronic health records technology at hospitals and physician offices.

Building bundles for self-pay patients

Building bundles for self-pay patients

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 02, 2016

The proliferation of high-deductible plans is making consumers more price sensitive. Tech-savvy patients also want to shop online. MDSave, which has its roots in Nashville but hires developers in Silicon Valley, offers providers a way to package services into a single bundle for purchase online.

Ascension Health woos veterans in ads

By Associated Press  |  March 25, 2016

The campaign tag lines—"Veterans have a choice in healthcare" and "You honored your oath, and so do we"—emphasize consumer preference and the shared values of medical professionals and the military. Some veterans groups think that private sector marketing could weaken the VA healthcare...

Margaret Dimond named CEO of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center

Margaret Dimond named CEO of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  March 15, 2016

Margaret Dimond has been named president of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, replacing acting president Terry Hamilton, who took over leadership of the hospital after Ascension Health Michigan completed the acquisition of the formerly independent hospital based in Rochester Hills.

House calls for rules to reclaim ACA subsidy overpayments

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 12, 2016

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) wants tougher rules to reclaim overpayments of health plan tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act as part of a package to cut spending by $98 billion over 10 years.

Michigan's hospitals post impressive profit margins

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  March 10, 2016

Michigan's 83 acute-care hospitals posted higher total profit margins in 2014 than in 2013, averaging 8.2%, but health plans' profits dipped slightly to 0.9%, according to the 2015 Michigan Health Market Review.

Healthcare industry giants pledge to ease interoperability, EHR use

By Joseph Conn  |  February 29, 2016

The 17 IT companies that made the pledge include Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner Corp., Epic Systems and Meditech. They provide record systems to 90% of U.S. hospitals. Providers include Ascension, Geisinger, HCA, Intermountain and Kaiser Permanente.

Beaumont Hospital names new president

Beaumont Hospital names new president

By Michael Sandler  |  February 24, 2016

Beaumont Hospital-Farmington Hills (Mich.) on Wednesday appointed Constance O'Malley as president. She will be the first woman to lead the hospital.

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