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HCA, still No. 1 in revenue, bides time on big deals

By Michael Sandler  |  April 18, 2015

HCA once again leveraged its sheer size and organic growth strategy to maintain its position as the largest for-profit hospital chain in the country, according to Modern Healthcare's latest By the Numbers list.

Wachter not afraid to challenge status quo

Wachter not afraid to challenge status quo

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 04, 2015

For nearly two decades, Dr. Robert Wachter, 57, associate chairman of the department of medicine at University of California San Francisco, has tackled topics that challenge the status quo. “To me, that's part of the gig,” he said.

Health IT among ECRI's top 10 patient-safety concerns

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 04, 2015

Alarm fatigue and missing or incomplete electronic health-record data are among the top 10 patient-safety concerns for healthcare organizations, according to a new report from ECRI Institute.

Feds criticized for lax oversight of health IT

Feds criticized for lax oversight of health IT

By Darius Tahir  |  April 04, 2015

Critics say HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has a conflict of interest as it both promotes EHR adoption through federal incentive payments to providers and oversees the safety of those products.

Highmark Health reports larger operating loss for 2014

By Melanie Evans  |  April 01, 2015

Highmark Health, the company formed to operate the insurer Highmark and a Pittsburgh health system, reported an operating loss of $178 million last year as health plan enrollment stalled and the system's turnaround continued.

Network squeeze: Controversies continue over narrow health plans

Network squeeze: Controversies continue over narrow health plans

By Bob Herman  |  March 28, 2015

Narrow-network health plans have grown in popularity, particularly on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, because their cheaper premiums appeal to price-sensitive consumers, but there is significant consumer and provider dissatisfaction with how many of these plans are organized.

App-based studies bring promise, peril

App-based studies bring promise, peril

By Sabriya Rice  |  March 14, 2015

Last week, Apple announced the release of ResearchKit, an open-source software framework that will allow physicians and scientists to collect and monitor medical data from patients using iPhones, but ethicists and patient-safety advocates already are warning about potential downsides.

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