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South Florida snag makes HCA an unlikely suitor for Tenet

South Florida snag makes HCA an unlikely suitor for Tenet

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 15, 2017

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.

Monopolistic market control depresses healthcare wages

Monopolistic market control depresses healthcare wages

By Alex Kacik  |  September 14, 2017

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.

Scripps Health distances itself from proton therapy center

By Alex Kacik  |  September 12, 2017

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.

Equifax breach exposes healthcare vendor vulnerabilities

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 12, 2017

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.

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