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Tight expense management helps boost surplus at Sutter

By Beth Kutscher  |  December 20, 2014

Sutter Health, a 24-hospital system based in Sacramento, Calif., has continued to improve its operating performance through the first nine months of the year, cutting expenses to overcome flat revenue growth.

Obamacare enrollment on pace to meet predictions

Obamacare enrollment on pace to meet predictions

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 20, 2014

The latest enrollment numbers from the insurance exchanges show that after the first month of open enrollment, sign-ups are on track to meet or surpass the Obama administration's projection that 9 million to 10 million Americans will buy exchange plan coverage for 2015.

New drug tracking and safety law takes effect Jan. 1

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 20, 2014

The first phase of a new “track and trace” law to help manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and pharmacists better monitor the pharmaceutical supply chain goes into effect Jan. 1.

Sutter's surplus rises on tight expense management

By Beth Kutscher  |  December 16, 2014

Sutter Health, a 24-hospital system based in Sacramento, Calif., has continued to improve its operating performance through the first nine months of the year, cutting expenses to overcome nearly flat revenue growth.

Scripps Health's surplus declines with loss of state provider-fee revenue

By Beth Kutscher  |  December 15, 2014

Scripps Health, a four-hospital San Diego-based system, ended fiscal 2014 with a drop in its operating surplus as it booked significantly less revenue than in the prior year even as it held expenses in check. However, like many systems, it benefited from higher investment income.

Two Wash. public hospitals finalize their alliance

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 13, 2014

In what officials say is likely Washington state's first-ever merger of two public hospitals, Kirkland-based EvergreenHealth and Valley General Hospital, Monroe, have completed a merger they began working on in 2012.

California battles whooping cough epidemic

By Associated Press  |  December 12, 2014

California officials are battling the worst whooping cough epidemic to hit the state in seven decades as a recent rebound in cases raises questions about the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine.

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