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Two Wash. public hospitals finalize their alliance

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 13, 2014

In what officials say is likely Washington state's first-ever merger of two public hospitals, Kirkland-based EvergreenHealth and Valley General Hospital, Monroe, have completed a merger they began working on in 2012.

U.S. hospital operators see opportunity, risks in China

U.S. hospital operators see opportunity, risks in China

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 13, 2014

The Chinese government has relaxed foreign ownership rules to attract private hospital operators who offer better quality care to consumers widely dissatisfied with the current public hospitals.

Obama hawking health coverage as deadline arrives

Obama hawking health coverage as deadline arrives

By Bob Herman  |  December 13, 2014

We'll soon see how effective a health insurance salesman President Barack Obama proves to be as the deadline arrives this week for Americans to sign up for individual-market coverage effective Jan. 1.

Two Wash. state hospitals complete alliance

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 09, 2014

In what state officials say is likely Washington state's first-ever merger of two public hospitals, Kirkland, Wash.-based EvergreenHealth and Valley General Hospital, Monroe, Wash., have completed a merger agreement they began working on in 2012.

Targeting the right patients for support

By Maureen McKinney  |  December 06, 2014

Studies have demonstrated the critical role that patient engagement plays in disease management. Some providers are using the Patient Activation Measure, or PAM, as a tool to help predict which patients are best equipped to engage in their care and which ones will be in need of additional support.

Yordy to retire from helm of PeaceHealth

Yordy to retire from helm of PeaceHealth

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 04, 2014

Alan Yordy has announced that he will retire next summer from his job as president and chief mission officer at Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit Catholic health system with 10 hospitals across Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Growing community-based doctors

Growing community-based doctors

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 22, 2014

Around the country, a number of graduate medical education programs are training young doctors in community-based medicine, in the hope that they'll either stay where they are trained or relocate to other underserved communities.

AHA's Umbdenstock set to retire in 2015

AHA's Umbdenstock set to retire in 2015

By Bob Herman  |  November 22, 2014

Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, the nation's dominant and most powerful hospital lobbying group, will retire from his roles at the end of 2015, the AHA confirmed last Friday.

'Bad behavior' obstructs dual-eligible tests

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 15, 2014

The CMS' test of improved care coordination for low-income, disabled Americans covered by both Medicare and Medicaid has faced a lot of challenges. The federal official in charge has revealed one more: Some providers are trying to dissuade beneficiaries from participating.

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