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Vital Signs: AHA says new laws under Trump administration could help struggling hospitals

An AHA task force says adopting bundled payments for individual episodes of treatment could provide financial certainty for struggling hospitals. But they say legal tweaks need to be made and they're confident the new administration will be open to them.

Vital Signs: Hospital mergers need to prove value and care coordination

Increasing cost transparency coupled with new value-based incentives to better coordinate care will pressure merger partners to return some of the benefits from economies of scale and shared purchasing to patients, said a new report by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.


Vital Signs: Will Donald Trump's rejection of conflict rules set tone for healthcare leaders?

Healthcare governance experts fear that President-elect Donald Trump's potential conflicts between official duties and private business interests could send a signal to leaders in healthcare and other industries that it's OK to relax their ethical standards.

Vital Signs: Could healthcare IT be the key to better addiction treatment?

In a new, landmark report on addiction, the U.S. surgeon general made a solid argument for the role of health information technology in improving the treatment of patients with drug or alcohol abuse as well as behavioral health problems.

Blog: Systemwide employee awareness is key to cybersecurity in age of ransomware

Extortion increasingly is the motive behind cyberattacks of healthcare companies, a panel of experts told a luncheon audience of the Nashville Health Care Council.


Blog: Belying their rapid-repeal rhetoric, Republicans worry about ACA political fallout

Republicans are torn between the political pressure for speedy repeal of the Affordable Care Act following Donald Trump's election and the policy imperative to go slow and get it right.


Blog: An election that will transform healthcare

Big changes are coming to healthcare, and they are likely to make things worse for the very people who put Donald Trump in office.

Blog: It's Trump's turn to wrestle with reforming healthcare

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to quickly repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now he and the newly elected Republican Congress are like the dog that caught the car. What are they going to do with it?


Blog: Paul Ryan admits Clinton victory would kill ACA repeal

House Speaker Paul Ryan has acknowledged that if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins today's election, Republican hopes to repeal the Affordable Care Act are dead.

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