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Medicaid expansion helps Froedtert cut rate of self-pay patients

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 17, 2014

Froedtert Health, a Milwaukee-based system, improved its operating margin in the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 as it significantly increased its revenue on higher patient volume and acuity. But investment losses ultimately took a large bite out of its bottom line.

Medicaid expansion threatened by GOP victories in states

Medicaid expansion threatened by GOP victories in states

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 08, 2014

Republicans' big election gains Tuesday in governorships and legislatures around the country diminish but do not eliminate prospects that more states will expand Medicaid to low-income adults as allowed by the healthcare reform law, political analysts say.

Wisconsin hospice cares for pets of patients

Wisconsin hospice cares for pets of patients

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 08, 2014

Mercy Home Health and Hospice Care takes patient family engagement to a new level. Since December 2012, hospice staff and a team of volunteers have eased patients' concerns through the Pet Peace of Mind program, which provides free pet-care services for patients unable to look after their household...

UW Health, SwedishAmerican ink cross-border agreement

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  November 06, 2014

University of Wisconsin Health has entered into an agreement to merge with Rockford, Ill.-based health system SwedishAmerican Health in a deal that is expected to be finalized by January, assuming approval by state and federal regulators.

Medicaid expansion faces new hurdles

Medicaid expansion faces new hurdles

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 05, 2014

Voters not only stopped the Medicaid expansion dead in its tracks on Tuesday night, they elected Republican candidates vowing to change or roll back Medicaid in states that have already expanded.

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.

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