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Hospitals can speed stroke treatment, but it's not easy
By NPR | April 23, 2014
When a stroke patient enters the emergency room, it's a race against the clock. Those who receive the clot-busting drug tPA within 60 minutes of experiencing symptoms have the best chance of avoiding brain damage or death, but studies show that only 30% of patients eligible for this treatment get...
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Financial weakness argument flops in ProMedica merger case
By Joe Carlson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In 2010, St. Luke's Hospital in northwestern Ohio wasn't doing great financially, but it wasn't about to go broke either—a common state of affairs for hospitals that greatly damaged St. Luke's argument that it needed to merge to survive.
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HCA shows interest in Australia's Healthscope
By Beth Kutscher | April 22, 2014
HCA, the largest U.S. hospital chain by revenue, is considering a bid for Australian hospital company Healthscope, according to media reports.The Nashville-based hospital operator has tapped Deutsche Bank as its financial adviser, the reports said, citing sources familiar with the situation.
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Health IT issues, care-coordination worries top new ECRI safety list
By Sabriya Rice | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Failure of health IT systems, poor coordination of patient care and lack of planning for expected drug shortages are all listed among the top concerns facing healthcare organizations in a new ECRI Institute report drawn from nearly 400,000 patient-safety events.
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FTC wins appeal in ProMedica case
By Joe Carlson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Federal Trade Commission extended its recent winning streak in healthcare cases Tuesday when a federal appeals court agreed that a 2010 hospital acquisition by Ohio's ProMedica system was illegal.
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Baxter settles class-action suit for $64 million, denies wrongdoing
By Andrew L. Wang, Crain's Chicago Business | April 21, 2014
Baxter International agreed to pay $64 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the Deerfield, Ill.-based company and some of its competitors colluded to raise prices of plasma-based therapies.
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Reform Update: Patients often seek care outside of their ACOs, research shows
By Melanie Evans | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare accountable care organizations may find the incentive to manage healthcare quality and cost very weak. New research suggests patients frequently seek care outside of the ACOs they're assigned to, and many do not stay within the same ACO from one year to the next.
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Fla. hospital agrees to pay $7 million to settle suit
By Associated Press | April 20, 2014
All Children's Hospital has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging it violated anti-kickback laws by paying inflated salaries and bonuses to doctors so that they would bring in more patients and revenues.
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Regional News/South: Feds extend safety net funds for Fla. hospitals
By Associated Press | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Federal health officials have agreed to funnel $2 billion to Florida hospitals and providers that serve uninsured patients for another year.
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10 largest investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains
April 19, 2014
A list of the nation's 10 largest investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains, ranked by 2013 revenue as reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Source: Modern Healthcare reporting. Published April 21, 2014, p. 30.
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