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Merger indigestion: Big hospital mergers failing to deliver promised results

Merger indigestion: Big hospital mergers failing to deliver promised results

By Melanie Evans  |  April 23, 2016

Hospital operator mergers have created big—sometimes behemoth—health systems that will provide the scale necessary to achieve operating efficiencies and compete for more cost-conscious consumers. So they say. But some of the biggest mergers in recent years have so far failed to deliver.

What UnitedHealth's retreat says about the ACA marketplaces

What UnitedHealth's retreat says about the ACA marketplaces

By Bob Herman  |  April 23, 2016

UnitedHealth Group's decision to pull out of most of the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges created a big headache for the Obama administration, but the reality of the situation is a lot more nuanced than it might appear.

Texas seeks short-term Medicaid waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 23, 2016

Warning that providers could lose billions of dollars in reimbursement, Texas is seeking an emergency 15-month waiver from the CMS that would extend financing for programs designed to cover the unpaid bills of Medicaid-eligible patients who haven’t signed up for the program.

Give doc practices latitude in meeting MACRA demands

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 23, 2016

“Physician practices need more than just an EHR, they need an infrastructure that will allow them to analyze data and use it to improve.” (“Doctors argue for more flexibility on MACRA changes”). Amen!

Ransomware scare: Will hospitals pay for protection?

Ransomware scare: Will hospitals pay for protection?

By Joseph Conn  |  April 09, 2016

The recent wave of so-called ransomware attacks has hospitals large and small weighing whether to bolster their IT systems' defenses or risk paying criminals to unfreeze their data.

CHS CEO Wayne Smith gets no raise in 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 09, 2016

Community Health Systems CEO Wayne Smith received no raise in base salary for 2016 after the hospital chain missed most earnings and stock price targets in 2015, the company said in a regulatory filing Thursday. Smith's base salary will stay at $1.6 million again in 2016, while performance-based...

Hospital in drug-ravaged Appalachia provides hope and jobs

Hospital in drug-ravaged Appalachia provides hope and jobs

By Harris Meyer  |  April 02, 2016

A depressed rural community with overwhelming public health problems hopes the new managers of its struggling hospital will find the money to maintain vital healthcare services while preserving 232 badly needed jobs.

Building bundles for self-pay patients

Building bundles for self-pay patients

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 02, 2016

The proliferation of high-deductible plans is making consumers more price sensitive. Tech-savvy patients also want to shop online. MDSave, which has its roots in Nashville but hires developers in Silicon Valley, offers providers a way to package services into a single bundle for purchase online.

The pinch of EpiPen's pricing

The pinch of EpiPen's pricing

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 02, 2016

The devices, known as epinephrine auto-injectors, can mean the difference between life and death for 1 in 50 Americans who suffer from anaphylactic reactions. Experts say regulatory challenges and the liability drugmakers could face if just one device fails are hurdles to creating a competitive...

New living arrangements for dementia patients

New living arrangements for dementia patients

By Michael Sandler  |  March 19, 2016

The expansion of memory-care living facilities is part of the ongoing evolution of senior citizen residential care, which has seen rapid changes over the past few decades. Few people move directly into nursing homes anymore.

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