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.

Hospitals' supply costs rising faster than volume

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 22, 2014

For many systems across the country, the expense side of the balance sheet is growing almost as fast as the revenue side, prompting providers to look for new ways to cut costs.

Ryan, Price elected to lead key House finance committees

By Paul Demko  |  November 22, 2014

Two Republican legislators who have pushed for major changes to Medicare and Medicaid and want to scrap Obamacare will lead the top two House finance committees in the next session of Congress.

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.

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