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App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

By Darius Tahir  |  January 24, 2015

Jerrit Tan, a first-generation Chinese-American, used to skip school to act as a translator for his immigrant parents and extended family when they visited a doctor. Now he has developed a smartphone app that provides medical interpretation services in 15 languages.

Penn State Health plans to acquire CHI hospital, and other news

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 24, 2015

Penn State Health is one step closer to acquiring another in-state hospital. Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees has approved plans for the acquisition of St. Joseph Regional Health Network from Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives.

Value-based care not likely to end payer/provider financial spats

Value-based care not likely to end payer/provider financial spats

By Bob Herman  |  January 24, 2015

Those in healthcare hoping to see the end of bitter price feuds between health insurers and providers as value-based contracting becomes more widespread may be doing the healthcare equivalent of waiting for Godot—anticipating something that will never come.

Penn State board OKs acquisition of CHI hospital

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 21, 2015

Penn State Health is one step closer to acquiring another Pennsylvania hospital. Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees has approved plans for the acquisition of St. Joseph Regional Health Network from Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives.

Physicians blame patient 'treadmill' for missed calls

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 17, 2015

For a physician to deliver an accurate diagnosis, it requires time for thoughtful consideration of a patient's symptoms. But time is one element physicians say they don't have.

Bovender, LeMaistre inducted into Health Care Hall of Fame

Bovender, LeMaistre inducted into Health Care Hall of Fame

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 17, 2015

Modern Healthcare is pleased to announce the induction of two industry veterans into the Health Care Hall of Fame—Jack O. Bovender Jr., former chairman and CEO of Nashville-based hospital chain HCA, and Dr. Charles A. LeMaistre, former longtime president of the University of Texas MD Anderson...

Pennsylvania settles Medicaid payments case for $48.8 million

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 16, 2015

The state of Pennsylvania will pay the federal government $48.8 million to settle claims that it provided Medicaid and other benefits to non-citizens who should not have been covered, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Q&A: AAMC CEO Dr. Darrell Kirch

Q&A: AAMC CEO Dr. Darrell Kirch

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 03, 2015

The leader of the Association of American Medical Colleges discusses expanding the physician workforce, efforts to recruit more minority medical students, his organization's legislative agenda, Ebola and innovations in medical education.

Medicare penalties begin taking toll

Medicare penalties begin taking toll

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 03, 2015

More than three dozen hospitals across the U.S. will be penalized more than 3% on most of their CMS reimbursements in 2015, the first year in which the agency's three Medicare quality and safety incentive programs will be in effect.

Coverage expansion, low cost growth, continued reform battles highlight 2014

By Harris Meyer  |  December 20, 2014

Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.

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