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Hospitals seeking mergers with bigger players can be choosier

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 24, 2015

Hospitals across the country have been rapidly consolidating for some time, but more of them are doing so now from a position of financial strength as they see increased volume and an improved payer mix under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Gundersen Health CEO Thompson stepping down, and other news makers

Gundersen Health CEO Thompson stepping down, and other news makers

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 17, 2015

Dr. Jeff Thompson plans to step down this year as CEO of Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis. Thompson, 62, has been with Gundersen for three decades, serving the past 14 years as CEO. He'll stay on in his role until the hospital system finds a new leader.

High court ACA case will drive 2015 healthcare debate

High court ACA case will drive 2015 healthcare debate

By Paul Demko  |  January 10, 2015

The specter of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down premium subsidies for millions of Americans will loom over the healthcare policy debate in Washington during the first half of 2015, and its fallout could dominate the second half of the year.

Payment system redesign will always require finesse, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 10, 2015

Regarding the Jan. 5 editorial “Lessons from Vermont”, perhaps it is too easy to criticize from afar, when being on the inside of such an endeavor comes with all the political and social pressures that make some options untenable, forcing the choices that are less viable economically.

Meet Congress' new power brokers

By Paul Demko  |  January 10, 2015

With Republicans taking control of both chambers of Congress, many new committee chairs will be wielding gavels with major influence over healthcare policy and finance in 2015. They'll set the agenda on what bills get heard and what issues get aired.

Insurers, providers clash over CMS' network adequacy decision

By Paul Demko  |  January 03, 2015

Provider and consumer groups are criticizing the CMS' decision to hold off on issuing tougher network adequacy rules for health plans, while insurers praised the agency for waiting until state insurance commissioners develop a model rule.

Hospitals' admissions still declining

By Rachel Landen  |  January 03, 2015

Inpatient admissions at many hospital systems across the country continued to decline during the third quarter of 2014, with volumes at least partly attributed to healthcare reform.

VA's private-care initiative impeded by administrative issues

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 12, 2014

Administrative and reimbursement issues are hampering the Veterans Affairs Department's new initiative aimed at granting wider access to private care for vets unable to get treatment within the system, say some providers around the country who have tried working in the new program.

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