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Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Bruce Smith, senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, discusses the challenges of having multiple EHR systems in his organization, Advocate's readiness for the conversion to ICD-10 coding, and his views on federal...

Spat between hospitals and feds signals antitrust tensions

Spat between hospitals and feds signals antitrust tensions

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 11, 2015

A dispute between hospital groups and federal regulators over whether a recent workshop on competition was biased against hospitals signals mounting tensions between providers and the government over healthcare reform.

Their own private Idaho

Their own private Idaho

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 04, 2015

Idaho, famous for its pine forests, crystalline lakes and baking potatoes, has a scant 1.6 million people spread over its 82,643 square miles. Yet it has seized center stage in setting national healthcare economic policy.

FTC takes sharper look at hospital mergers in adjoining markets

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 04, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission's decision to take more time to examine the proposed merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois is in line with what legal experts say is the agency's move to apply more scrutiny to deals between hospitals in adjoining markets.

FTC takes close look at Advocate, NorthShore merger

FTC takes close look at Advocate, NorthShore merger

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 01, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission wants more time and information before clearing a proposed merger between Illinois systems Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem. The request comes as the FTC appears to be taking a closer look at cross-market mergers.

Demand grows for care coordinators

Demand grows for care coordinators

By Melanie Evans  |  March 28, 2015

A growing number of health systems, accountable care organizations and medical home-style practices are deploying care coordinators—which some call navigators. That is changing how patients get care and it's changing the jobs of doctors, nurses and other front-line providers.

Obamacare legal challenge downplayed by business leaders

Obamacare legal challenge downplayed by business leaders

By Bob Herman  |  January 17, 2015

The nation's largest healthcare organizations predicted a profitable 2015 at the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. They forecast that the biggest cloud on the horizon—the pending U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the Obamacare premium subsidies—would pass...

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