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Closing arguments heard in Chicago-area antitrust case

Closing arguments heard in Chicago-area antitrust case

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 28, 2016

Attorneys for two Chicago-area hospital systems argued in federal court last week that a recent decision in a similar antitrust case in Pennsylvania supports the systems' case for being allowed to merge.

Mutated superbug raises fear of 'end of the road for antibiotics'

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 28, 2016

Researchers have identified the first U.S. case of a pathogen carrying a mutated gene resistant to an antibiotic used as a last line of defense against superbugs, raising fears that a post-antibiotic era will arrive sooner than expected.

Tapping new dimensions: the promise of 3-D printing

Tapping new dimensions: the promise of 3-D printing

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 21, 2016

Physicians have increasingly looked to 3-D printing for unique implants and surgical models, and some manufacturers are now using the method to mass produce medical devices and even drugs that are more precise, customizable and biocompatible than conventionally produced products.

FTC faces off with Advocate, NorthShore over merger

FTC faces off with Advocate, NorthShore over merger

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 21, 2016

Arguments are scheduled to wrap up this week in a closely watched Federal Trade Commission case challenging a proposed merger between two Chicago-area health systems.

Highmark sues feds over ACA payments

Highmark sues feds over ACA payments

By Bob Herman  |  May 17, 2016

Health insurer Highmark is suing the federal government to recover money owed under the risk-corridor program for plans sold on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges. Republicans in Congress, calling the program a bailout for insurers, stymied HHS' ability to cover the obligations.

Innovations: Making 3-D medical imaging a reality

Innovations: Making 3-D medical imaging a reality

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 14, 2016

EchoPixel likes to compare its 3-D imaging technology to cutting through a loaf of bread. MRIs and CT scans can create flat, two-dimensional pictures—or single slices—of information. But what if you wanted to cut into the loaf from a different angle to get more detailed cross sections?

Q&A: Universal Health CEO believes Obamacare is here to stay

Q&A: Universal Health CEO believes Obamacare is here to stay

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 14, 2016

Alan Miller, chairman and CEO of Universal Health Services, recently spoke with Modern Healthcare senior reporter Harris Meyer about the reasons for the company's improving financial performance at a time when some other for-profit hospital chains are struggling.

Commercial insurance margins offset rising Medicare losses

Commercial insurance margins offset rising Medicare losses

By Dave Barkholz  |  May 07, 2016

As hospital margins on traditional fee-for-service Medicare patients plunged deeper into the red, cost-cutting at hospitals has allowed many to make up those losses from their commercially insured clientele.

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