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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.

Orcas swimming into health IT with EHRs

Orcas swimming into health IT with EHRs

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 16, 2016

Researchers studying the pods of killer whales that arrive each spring in Washington's Puget Sound want a new tool for their scientific arsenal: electronic health records.

Hospitals discover their inner venture capitalist

Hospitals discover their inner venture capitalist

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 09, 2016

The number of healthcare systems setting up venture capital arms has exploded as they seek commercial success and technologies to help solve their business problems.

Providence, biomed group team up on genomics

Providence, biomed group team up on genomics

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 19, 2016

Providence Health & Services hospital system is hoping that the promise of personalized medicine will boost its ability to manage the health and wellness of the populations it treats.

CMS issues safety notice at Washington state hospital

By Associated Press  |  February 27, 2016

As Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital faces a deadline to fix safety problems or lose millions of federal funds, federal inspectors issued an "immediate jeopardy" notice saying the facility failed to protect patients from harm.

AHRQ Director Richard Kronick to step down in March

AHRQ Director Richard Kronick to step down in March

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 27, 2016

Richard Kronick will step down as director of HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, effective March 18. He will return to the University of California at San Diego, where he became a faculty member in 1991.

Feds outline reforms for reservation hospitals

By Associated Press  |  February 03, 2016

Federal officials on Wednesday outlined a plan to improve care at hospitals that treat Native Americans in four Great Plains states, including creating a multi-agency group to focus on quality and patient safety and designating a single organization to accredit Indian Health Service hospitals.

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