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Voters, candidates at odds on healthcare

Voters, candidates at odds on healthcare

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 22, 2015

Several GOP candidates have signaled they'll campaign on conservative approaches to healthcare reform, but it's not at all clear that they will have much resonance with voters, who have indicated that the healthcare issues they care most about now are the ones that affect their pocketbooks.

MercyRockford to build $400 million campus

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 15, 2015

MercyRockford Health System, the product of a January merger between Mercy Health and Rockford (Ill.) Health System, plans to transfer most of its acute-care services to a new $400 million “destination campus.”

Behavioral health behind bars and beyond

Behavioral health behind bars and beyond

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 01, 2015

Cook County (Ill.) Jail is trying to shed its reputation as the “nation's largest mental health institution,” and it is leading a nationwide movement with jailhouse and community treatment strategies to keep inmates with mental illness from returning.

Bundling risk: New demo program shows CMS' eagerness to ditch fee for service

Bundling risk: New demo program shows CMS' eagerness to ditch fee for service

By Melanie Evans  |  July 18, 2015

The hips and knees of the nation's seniors were an obvious target for Medicare's first mandatory test of an alternative payment model for hospitals. But joint replacement isn't the only possible target. Hospitals are now on notice that Medicare will move ahead if they don't do it on their own.

Best Practices: How hospitals can waste less food

Best Practices: How hospitals can waste less food

By Maureen McKinney  |  July 04, 2015

In 2012, roughly 12% of the food that the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics prepared went into the garbage. Faced with that sobering statistic—and a scathing article in a local newspaper about food waste at the hospital—the health system's leaders decided to make serious changes.

Medicaid plans struggle to provide mental health services

Medicaid plans struggle to provide mental health services

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 04, 2015

As low state reimbursement rates drive mental health providers away from Medicaid, managed-care plans taking over some state programs are looking for creative ways to deliver a service that many see as key to holding down overall costs.

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