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CMS loses money as Medicare ACOs remain risk-averse

CMS loses money as Medicare ACOs remain risk-averse

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 31, 2017

Although Medicare accountable care organizations generated $652 million in savings last year, the CMS still took a loss on the program as most ACOs were unprepared to take on riskier contracts.

Why one hospital system is cutting while bulking up

Why one hospital system is cutting while bulking up

By Kristen Schorsch  |  October 09, 2017

It may seem odd that Advocate Health Care is spending big on outpatient facilities while also cutting $200 million from its $5.6 billion budget. The bet, however, is that adding cheaper-to-run outpatient sites will woo more patients. More patients equals growth.

Court orders Advocate to recognize nurses union

By Nona Tepper  |  August 14, 2017

The Illinois Nurses Association, a union created by nurse practitioners, will be the first nurses' union recognized by the state's largest hospital network.

Finding a four-star doctor? Like finding four-star pad thai

By Crain's Chicago Business  |  April 26, 2017

Searching for a doctor in Chicago may soon be as easy as searching for the best Thai food on your block. At least that's the idea at Advocate Health Care. The health system's website will now contain patient star ratings on physician profiles, along with name, specialties and contact information.

Judge explains the flip-flop that spiked NorthShore-Advocate deal

Judge explains the flip-flop that spiked NorthShore-Advocate deal

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  March 16, 2017

A federal judge explained in a new court filing today why he switched from siding with two large suburban health systems that wanted to merge to favoring antitrust regulators that fought the union.

The big winner in Advocate, NorthShore breakup? Blue Cross

The big winner in Advocate, NorthShore breakup? Blue Cross

By Kristen Schorsch and Brigid Sweeney, Crain's Chicago Business  |  March 08, 2017

Now that merger candidates Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem have split just shy of the altar, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is playing the role of the relative who breathes a sigh of relief.

Advocate, NorthShore drop plans to merge

Advocate, NorthShore drop plans to merge

By Brigid Sweeney, Crain's Chicago Business  |  March 07, 2017

A federal judge Tuesday ruled against the proposed union between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem, leading the two hospital systems to announce that they will not continue their merger effort.

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