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Surgical-robot costs put small hospitals in a bind
By Jaimy Lee | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While overall sales of the da Vinci Surgical System are on the decline, a number of small and rural hospitals are considering acquiring the pricey machine, believing it will help them attract and retain surgeons and appeal to patients.
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Cancer drugs' high prices impede comparative research: study
By Sabriya Rice | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The high prices of some cancer drugs drew attention from oncologists last week. Two National Cancer Institute researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine that steep prices make it difficult or impossible to conduct randomized trials comparing the effectiveness of different therapies.
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Deal volume dips while value soars in first quarter
By Beth Kutscher | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Fewer deals and higher prices was the prevailing theme across the four healthcare industry sectors tracked in Modern Healthcare's first-quarter M&A Watch report for 2014.
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Report details stakeholders' roles in price transparency
By Rachel Landen | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals and health plans should serve as front-line resources on price transparency for patients, while employers and the government also should help, according to a report by a coalition of groups led by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
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Health spending up after years of 'self-rationing': report
By Andis Robeznieks | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Patients are returning to the healthcare system after several years of “self-rationing,” as reflected in a 3.2% increase in 2013 prescription-drug expenditures to $329.2 billion, according to a new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
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Daughters of Charity's credit rating lowered six notches to B-
By Melanie Evans | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Standard & Poor's lowered the credit rating for the faltering Daughters of Charity Health System in California by six notches, an unusually steep rating plunge that puts the organization at mid-speculative grade.
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Doc-group acquisition boosts Northwestern Memorial's revenue
By Rachel Landen | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare reported stronger revenue for its second quarter thanks in large part to its acquisition of a large physician practice group from Northwestern University.
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UnitedHealth to expand exchange presence as profits dip
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest insurer, plans to expand its presence in the state and federal exchange marketplaces in 2015.
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Healthbox lands $7 million for expansion
By John Pletz , Crain's Chicago Business | April 17, 2014
Healthbox, an accelerator focused on healthcare startups, raised $7 million to expand its operations as more money flows into the medical and insurance industries that are searching for ways to improve care and lower costs.
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Reform Update: Uptick hinted in healthcare use, spending
By Melanie Evans | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Recent indicators provide increasing evidence that health spending may be accelerating, even before millions of Americans newly insured through the federal and state insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion start their healthcare shopping. Signs point to a rebound in healthcare use, which has...
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