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Dignity seeking license to take full risk for care

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Dignity Health is preparing to apply for a California health insurance license that will allow the San Francisco-based health system to accept full financial risk for patients' medical care.

For-profit hospital leaders to Congress: 'No mas'

For-profit hospital leaders to Congress: 'No mas'

By Bob Herman  |  February 28, 2015

Leaders of investor-owned hospitals will gather in Washington this week to air their concerns about Medicare payment cuts and the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the Affordable Care Act premium subsidies.

The rise of the specialty emergency department

The rise of the specialty emergency department

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 21, 2015

Hospitals across the country are investing in specialty emergency departments as ED visits, the starting point for about half of all hospital admissions, continue to grow despite the dramatic decline in the uninsured rate.

Innovations: Kaiser tests video visits to cut waits

Innovations: Kaiser tests video visits to cut waits

By Darius Tahir  |  February 21, 2015

Kaiser Permanente leaders in the system's mid-Atlantic region were frustrated by long patient wait times in their clinical decision units that handled urgent and short-term observation care.

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice and Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 21, 2015

The latest outbreak of a deadly drug-resistant bacterial infection spread through contaminated endoscopes has prompted calls for re-evaluating the adequacy of currently recommended cleaning and reprocessing procedures.

Prime wins conditional approval for Daughters takeover

Prime wins conditional approval for Daughters takeover

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 20, 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris gave the green light to Prime Healthcare Services' $843 million takeover of six-hospital Daughters of Charity Health System but added what she described as “strong conditions” to preserve access to community health services.

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