A small number of hospitals and health systems are turning to the courts to challenge Anthem's new policies restricting outpatient imaging and emergency department coverage. Attorneys and industry experts disagree on the cases' merits.
While Mission Health's strong market share in North Carolina makes the system attractive for a merger, the end of the state's COPA restrictions was also likely a sweetener.
HCA Healthcare plans to add North Carolina to the list of 20 states it currently operates in, having signed a letter of intent to acquire Mission Health, a six-hospital system based in Asheville.
Activist investors took varied approaches with the three largest hospital chains.
Oklahoma University Medicine completed its $750 million buyout of HCA Healthcare's management agreement and ownership stake of its hospital facilities, which moved forward even though OU Medicine's proposed affiliation with SSM Health fell through.
Hospital executives can push the limits in reporting the size of charity care provided.
HCA-owned East Houston Regional Medical Center will not reopen after the flood damage it sustained from Hurricane Harvey.
HCA will train Meharry Medical College students at HCA's TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, giving Meharry medical students a more consistent experience.
As expected, hurricanes and Medicaid woes are among the causes HCA, the nation's largest hospital chain faced a tough third quarter.
The four HCA hospitals in the Houston area allegedly secured free or heavily discounted patient ambulance services in exchange for their Medicare and Medicaid transport business.
Big hospital chains like HCA and Tenet expect to see a dent in their third-quarter earnings thanks to hurricanes and soft admissions. While hurricane damage may be a short-term issue, sinking admissions are here to stay industrywide.
Three of the nation's largest hospital chains—HCA, LifePoint Health and Universal Health Services—had each posted 1% gains in share prices Wednesday afternoon.