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Assisted-suicide debate focuses attention on palliative, hospice care

Assisted-suicide debate focuses attention on palliative, hospice care

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 16, 2015

Many healthcare professionals and patient advocates, regardless of their stance on the emotionally charged issue, hope the recently reignited national debate over physician-assisted suicide will boost awareness and use of palliative care and hospice care.

Providence gets boost from Medicaid expansion

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 02, 2015

Providence Health & Services saw operating margin gains last year as it treated more patients and reduced its bad debt, particularly in states that expanded their Medicaid programs.

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

For women who aspire to healthcare's executive-level roles, advanced education and the willingness to take risks may not be enough. Surveys of corporate leadership and healthcare management point to a continued, though narrowing, disparity of women to men in leadership roles.

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

By Paul Demko  |  April 25, 2015

There are signs of a partisan thaw in Congress that is allowing movement on healthcare legislation in the wake of the recent Medicare physician-payment overhaul. And a sharp uptick in lobbying spending by major healthcare industry groups suggests stakeholders see at least a temporary break in the...

Hospitals rethink how to train trustees

Hospitals rethink how to train trustees

By Maureen McKinney  |  April 25, 2015

Some hospital leaders think new trustees without healthcare experience need about three years to gain confidence and competence in their role. But Dr. John Combes believes that thinking is dangerously out of date.

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

By Bob Herman  |  April 04, 2015

Provider-owned health plans continue to spring up or get larger as more hospitals and physician groups are moving to take on financial risk for their patients under value-based and capitated payment contracts.

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