ACA repeal-and-replace efforts just got a lot more difficult

By Melanie Evans  |  June 27, 2015

The battle ahead for Republicans who hope to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is one that will be fought on the campaign trail, even as markets move ahead with more confidence after last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Relieved hospital execs say ruling could speed Medicaid expansion

By Beth Kutscher and Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 27, 2015

Hospital leaders say they're moving ahead with delivery-system reforms that keep their populations healthy now that the U.S. Supreme Court has removed uncertainty about the continuation of premium subsidies. They hope the subsidies ruling will clear the way for more states to expand Medicaid to...

Don't overlook impact of consumer-driven healthcare, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 20, 2015

Regarding the recent Comment/Guest Expert, “Higher employee cost-sharing could undermine job-based coverage system”, the Commonwealth Fund's Dr. David Blumenthal addressed many salient facts and issues relating to employer-based health insurance in his editorial.

Automating sedation to speed recovery

Automating sedation to speed recovery

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 13, 2015

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon has developed a computer-assisted sedation system that helps hospitals and gastroenterologists improve the sedation of patients receiving screening colonoscopies and upper endoscopies while cutting the costs associated with having an anesthesiologist present.

IT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives

IT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives

By Melanie Evans  |  June 13, 2015

Healthcare has lagged other industries in investment and innovation in information technology. Now, scrambling to catch up, hospitals and health systems are facing a tight supply of skilled IT managers and executives that is holding them back.

Ruling against subsidies could hit hospital stocks harder than earnings

By Melanie Evans and Beth Kutscher  |  June 12, 2015

Hospitals and investors are banking on the U.S. Supreme Court or the states to save premium subsidies that have made health insurance affordable for 6.4 million people in 34 states. But the stocks of publicly traded hospital companies could take a big hit if that doesn't happen.

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