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Delaware, Maryland systems partner on population health management
By Bob Herman | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Bayhealth, Dover, Del., and Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md., have agreed to create a loose partnership—yet another sign of regional hospitals searching for ways to gain economies of scale and work together on managing population health while remaining nominally independent.
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Obamacare coverage brings HCA more paying patients
By Beth Kutscher | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HCA, the largest publicly traded hospital chain by revenue, reported a 14.2% increase in second-quarter net income as it treated more patients and improved its payer mix thanks to insurance expansion under the healthcare reform law.
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Reform Update: Saying Medicaid expansion will help some vets is not likely to sway opponents
By Virgil Dickson | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Congress this week is expected to approve new funding to get veterans off waiting lists and into care. While that moves forward, some patient advocates, hospital leaders and politicians are pointing to another more controversial way to help a small portion of the veteran population that doesn't...
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Vital Signs
Medication reconciliation improvements needed: report
By Joseph Conn | July 29, 2014
Medication reconciliation, a standard operating procedure at hospitals, remains a process in need of work, according to a report based on a study of 19 hospitals released by the National Institute for Health Care Reform.
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Information
Technology replacing transcriptionists in Western Pa.; fears about quality persist
By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | July 29, 2014
As they embrace electronic health records, hospitals in Western Pennsylvania are turning to outside companies to replace transcriptionists, the workers who convert dictation into written reports. Even though outsourcing results in faster turnaround time for the legal reports, some industry experts...
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Four New Hampshire hospitals partner to address population health
By Bob Herman | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Four critical-access hospitals in the upper third of New Hampshire have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to collaborate in the care of a population that is among the sickest and poorest in the state.
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HealthSouth expects stronger results as new hospitals boost volume
By Beth Kutscher | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HealthSouth Corp., a publicly traded operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, raised its financial projections for 2014 after what it described as strong results in the first half of the year.
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Court: St. Luke's in Boise can hold onto Saltzer, for now
By Rachel Landen | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho, may continue to operate Nampa, Idaho-based physician practice Saltzer Medical Group, despite a January judicial order to divest, a federal judge ruled Friday.
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N.C. mayor finishes walk to D.C. to protest hospital closure
July 28, 2014
A North Carolina mayor fighting for the hospital that closed in his rural town finished his two-week protest march to the nation's capital, where he told a crowd that his community's problems are part of a larger healthcare struggle.
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Magazine
Early Q2 financials signal an Obamacare boost for hospitals
By Modern Healthcare | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare reform is producing positive financial benefits for publicly traded hospitals, if early Q2 earnings releases are any indication of what to expect from other systems when they report quarterly earnings.
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