HCA is large enough to buy Tenet Healthcare. But antitrust regulators are likely to cast a wary eye toward HCA combining its 14 hospitals in South Florida with Tenet's 10 hospitals there.
More than 20 hospital systems in Florida closed physician offices and ambulatory centers before Hurricane Irma hit. But most sustained minimal physical damage from the storm and have reopened, Moody's said.
Catholic Health Initiatives says it has found a buyer for its Medicare Advantage insurance plans.
While hospitals continue to drive the national economy as the leading employers in the industry, employment in outpatient care, where wages are markedly lower, has grown at six times the rate of hospitals. Consolidation may have given employers leverage in setting wages with workers.
Physician management firm Summit Health will expand outside of New Jersey through new partnerships in Oregon and Phoenix.
Tenet's share rose sharply in after-hours trading Wednesday amid reports that the hospital chain is exploring a possible sale of the company.
The Northwell Health offering, slated for next week, is the latest in a series of $1 billion deals that hospital systems have undertaken this year.
Scripps Health will hand off the day-to-day operations of San Diego's only cancer-targeting proton treatment center in early December. The center, like many others across the country, struggled to gain traction as the promise to advance cancer treatment came with a hefty price.
The $3.75 billion deal will turn Fidelis Care into Centene's New York subsidiary and will bolster Centene's already large Medicaid membership and ACA exchange business.
The data security breach at Equifax is a cautionary note to hospitals and payers to watch out for vendor vulnerabilities. Equifax is the financial verification vendor for the exchange marketplaces.
The goals of many Medicaid APMs are in line with MACRA. But are there ways to find synergies across these programs and make it easier for providers to transform care?
The recent acquisition of seven-hospital PinnacleHealth takes UPMC into the tough central Pennsylvania market for the first time, where it faces a host of new competitors, Moody's noted.