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States hedge their bets as they sue to end Obamacare

States hedge their bets as they sue to end Obamacare

By Susannah Luthi  |  February 27, 2018

While Wisconsin and other Republican-majority states have to work the political arena and appeal to conservatives to shore up their insurance exchanges, they're also using the courts to dismantle the law. But legal experts say the litigation's success is improbable.

Wisconsin's GOP to try for reinsurance waiver as 2018 midterms loom

Wisconsin's GOP to try for reinsurance waiver as 2018 midterms loom

By Susannah Luthi  |  February 21, 2018

The Wisconsin Legislature has approved conservative Gov. Scott Walker's plan to set up an individual market reinsurance fund before a contentious election cycle. But some of the state's progressives have blasted the move as pure politics.

Federal, Illinois regulators approve Advocate-Aurora merger

Federal, Illinois regulators approve Advocate-Aurora merger

By Tara Bannow  |  February 15, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission and an Illinois regulatory board have approved the proposed merger between Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care. The deal still needs approval from Wisconsin regulators.

After bills are paid, firms help providers direct payments to the right place

After bills are paid, firms help providers direct payments to the right place

By Tara Bannow  |  February 03, 2018

Merchant service providers compete with banks to offer health systems payment processing solutions, an important but complicated service that involves ensuring payments are credited to the correct accounts and linking different parts of a system into a unified billing portal.

SSM Health completes acquisition of Wisconsin hospitals

SSM Health completes acquisition of Wisconsin hospitals

By Alex Kacik  |  January 04, 2018

Catholic-sponsored SSM Health has fortified its growing Midwest footprint with the addition of four hospitals, eight post-acute facilities and dozens of outpatient sites from the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.

Advocate Health crosses state lines to merge with Aurora

Advocate Health crosses state lines to merge with Aurora

By Alex Kacik  |  December 04, 2017

Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care has turned its focus to Wisconsin's largest healthcare provider after walking away from its merger with NorthShore University HealthSystem.

How failure helped birth an effective post-discharge monitoring tool

How failure helped birth an effective post-discharge monitoring tool

By Lisa Ward  |  November 12, 2016

Services like HealthLoop are increasingly in demand as Medicare changes its payment system to encourage hospitals to become more responsible for patients' clinical and financial outcomes over the entire episode of care—that is from the time they were admitted to the hospital until 90 days...

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