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Growing hospital systems stretch supply chains

Growing hospital systems stretch supply chains

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 30, 2016

Hospital systems that have acquired physician practices and outpatient treatment centers are wrestling with how to integrate them into their existing supply-chain distribution system. The goal is to extend the low prices achieved through bulk purchasing to these geographically dispersed facilities.

The health insurance industry's identity crisis

The health insurance industry's identity crisis

By Bob Herman  |  January 30, 2016

Most insurers have embraced the ACA, and it has helped many of them financially through the tacit encouragement of products such as high-deductible plans. But many still puzzle over how to pivot beyond what was long the core of their business: employer-based plans and holding down medical claims.

Jefferson, Aria Health agree to merger

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 23, 2016

Two Philadelphia-based systems, Aria Health and Jefferson, which includes Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, have agreed to merge, a move expected to impact healthcare delivery and medical research in the local market.

UPMC, Health Catalyst partner to measure costs

By Michael Sandler  |  January 16, 2016

UPMC and Health Catalyst have formed a strategic partnership in an effort to measure and analyze the true costs of healthcare services, a process that could become increasingly useful with looming bundled-payment models.

FTC challenges big hospital merger in Chicago suburbs

FTC challenges big hospital merger in Chicago suburbs

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 19, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission moved Friday to block a proposed merger between Illinois systems Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem—the third hospital deal the FTC has moved to block in the past six weeks.

Two Pennsylvania systems reach merger agreement

By Katherine Davis  |  December 19, 2015

Pocono Health System, East Stroudsburg, Pa., and Lehigh Valley Health Network, based in Allentown, Pa., announced last week that they have signed a merger agreement expected to close in the first half of 2016. The systems signed a letter of intent in May.

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