Mercy, Rockford Health to forge two-state ACO

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 30, 2014

Mercy Health System, a three-hospital, not-for-profit based in Janesville, Wis., and Rockford (Ill.) Health System, a two-hospital not-for-profit, will merge to create a new health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Hospital Sisters Health System's operating margin sinks

By Bob Herman  |  October 28, 2014

Hospital Sisters Health System, a 13-hospital network headquartered in Springfield, Ill., barely kept its head above water in its most recent fiscal year as declining admissions and rising expenses ate away at revenue.

Medicaid expansion's fate may hang on governors' races

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 25, 2014

The outcome of gubernatorial elections in 15 states could have a pivotal impact on healthcare for millions of people in those states, with the fate of Medicaid expansion and the Obamacare exchanges hanging in the balance.

Best Places to Work in Healthcare build positive cultures

Best Places to Work in Healthcare build positive cultures

By Bob Herman  |  October 24, 2014

Popular English business magnate Richard Branson made a bold decision this year when he said all salaried employees of his venture capital conglomerate, Virgin Group, would have access to unlimited vacation.

Data Points: Medicaid expansion

Data Points: Medicaid expansion

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 18, 2014

Data Points for the week of Oct.20, 2014, covered the following topic: Medicaid expansion

Reform Update: More providers, insurers showing appetite for narrow networks

Reform Update: More providers, insurers showing appetite for narrow networks

By Bob Herman  |  October 16, 2014

A new health plan collaboration in Wisconsin between a hospital system and an insurer is the latest sign that providers and insurers are betting on narrow networks even as controversy continues over whether these plans offer adequate provider access for consumers.

Pioneer ACOs get high marks from patients, mixed grades on quality

By Melanie Evans  |  October 10, 2014

Medicare's first and most sophisticated accountable care organizations scored highly with patients for easy access to care and clear communication with doctors. The ACOs' success at preventing potentially avoidable hospital stays was decidedly more mixed, as was quality performance in areas such as...

LifePoint to enter Wisconsin with new joint venture

By Bob Herman  |  October 03, 2014

LifePoint Hospitals plans to create a joint venture with Watertown (Wis.) Regional Medical Center, marking the investor-owned company's first hospital partnership in Wisconsin.

Aurora sees early returns from reform, cost-cutting

By Bob Herman  |  September 02, 2014

Aurora Health Care's operating margin almost tripled in the first half of 2014 with healthcare reform and tight expense control dramatically helping its performance, the Milwaukee-based health system said in a financial disclosure to bondholders.