Some say the growth in trauma centers reflects an increase in trauma cases and population booms, but financial incentives have clearly been a factor as a greater share of patients are now insured. If the growth leads to overcapacity, it could be problematic for patient care and hospitals' finances.
A small but growing group of not-for-profit hospitals and health systems are spending more money on nontraditional community benefit programs. Besides carrying out their not-for-profit charitable mission, these systems hope that their efforts will pay dividends under value-based payment models.
Supermarket chain Safeway said last week that it is partnering with Sonora Quest Laboratories after dropping Theranos this month.
When it comes to buying inexpensive data-storage services, shoppers might want to reflect on an old saying from president Ronald Reagan: "Trust but verify."
Federal prosecutors announced charges last week against a former hospital chief financial officer, two surgeons and two other defendants in a kickback scheme involving nearly $600 million in fraudulent claims for spinal surgeries in Southern California.
As the need for charity care drops, some hospitals and health systems across the country are targeting funds to address societal ills such as poverty, violence, hunger, poor nutrition and lack of housing.
Daughters of Charity Health System faces a precarious financial position while waiting for California Attorney General Kamala Harris to decide whether to allow its sale to private-equity firm Blue Mountain Capital.
Soon after terrorist attacks that led to 130 deaths and wounded more than 350 others Nov. 13 in Paris, the city activated its Plan Blanc strategy, a coordinated response to mass casualty. It was a calculated effort that was largely facilitated by the mostly municipal governance of its hospitals.
Drugmakers are readying for war against a proposed prescription drug cost-control measure on the California ballot in the 2016 election.
Dr. Jeffrey Bailet has been named chairman-elect of the American Medical Group Association's board of directors for 2016.
A total of 1,043 hospitals made the Joint Commission's 2015 Top Performer list, an annual award that recognizes facilities for high marks on a suite of 49 accountability measures.
State health insurance officials and industry stakeholders are on the brink of approving model legislation to standardize the network adequacy of health plans. But the fate of that legislation hangs on the priorities of 50 very different state legislatures.