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U.S. hospital operators see opportunity, risks in China

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 13, 2014

The Chinese government has relaxed foreign ownership rules to attract private hospital operators who offer better quality care to consumers widely dissatisfied with the current public hospitals.

Late News

Veterans face hurdles to getting care outside of VA system

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 13, 2014

Administrative and reimbursement issues are hindering the Veterans Affairs Department's new initiative aimed at granting wider access to private care for veterans unable to get treatment within the system, according to provider who have tried working with the program.

The Week Ahead

Obama hawking health coverage as deadline arrives

By Bob Herman  |  December 13, 2014

We'll soon see how effective a health insurance salesman President Barack Obama proves to be as the deadline arrives this week for Americans to sign up for individual-market coverage effective Jan. 1.

S&P report may deliver more bad news for hospitals

By Beth Kutscher  |  December 13, 2014

For the second year in a row, all three major credit-rating agencies may agree on the financial outlook for not-for-profit hospitals. And the picture isn't pretty.

Regional News

Two Wash. public hospitals finalize their alliance

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 13, 2014

In what officials say is likely Washington state's first-ever merger of two public hospitals, Kirkland-based EvergreenHealth and Valley General Hospital, Monroe, have completed a merger they began working on in 2012.

News

Congress moves to pass budget and avert shutdown

By Paul Demko  |  December 13, 2014

Rushing to avoid another government shutdown, the House narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion discretionary-spending budget last week to keep almost all of the federal government funded through September. At deadline Friday, the Senate had not yet voted on the bill but was expected to approve it.

McKesson joins health IT venture capital field

By Darius Tahir  |  December 13, 2014

Healthcare giant McKesson Corp. plans an aggressive move into venture capital funding for healthcare technology, planning to commit several hundred million dollars over the next five to eight years and hiring a VC industry veteran to head its VC initiative.

PCORI to fund studies of new hepatitis C drugs

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 13, 2014

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute plans to spend up to $50 million to fund comparative effectiveness research for hepatitis C treatments just weeks before the third drug in a line of very costly new treatments is expected to be approved.

Breast cancer screening shifts to more sensitive, costly tests

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 13, 2014

Breast-cancer screening is becoming more tailored to individual patients as clinicians better understand risk factors such as breast density, patients become more informed about personal risk and imaging manufacturers develop new technologies.

Why can't insurers publish accurate provider directories?

By Darius Tahir  |  December 13, 2014

As insurers face growing criticism for giving consumers inaccurate information about their provider networks, some experts are asking whether it's really that hard to maintain an accurate provider directory.

Groups meet to create 'virtual clipboard' for intake

By Joseph Conn  |  December 13, 2014

Everyone knows the drill of going to the doctor's office or hospital, being handed a clipboard and writing answers to a list of questions about your identity, health status and insurance. Now there's a multistakeholder initiative to automate that process.

Home care under feds' fraud microscope

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 13, 2014

Facing an epidemic of Medicare fraud in the home-care industry, the federal government is putting a hold on approving new home-care providers in some areas of the country, capping certain types of payments, and using more sophisticated data analyses to uncover foul play.

ACA leaves a gap between dental, medical coverage

By Bob Herman  |  December 13, 2014

Even though teeth and gums are just as much a part of the human body as kidneys, they are covered very differently by the American health insurance system.

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Features

U.S. hospital operators see opportunity, risks in China

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 13, 2014

The Chinese government has relaxed foreign ownership rules to attract private hospital operators who offer better quality care to consumers widely dissatisfied with the current public hospitals.

Editorial

10 reasons why healthcare isn't a free market

By Merrill Goozner  |  December 13, 2014

Before the mass resignations at The New Republic, one of the new executives hired by its 31-year-old sugar-daddy owner reportedly asked for a "listicle" on “10 reasons why healthcare isn't a free market.” He didn't get it, but what a great idea.

Guest Commentary
Letters
Q&A

Q&A: Truman Medical Centers CEO Charlie Shields

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 13, 2014

Charlie Shields is a former Republican leader in the state Senate. Now, as CEO of the Kansas City safety net system, he’s trying to persuade his old legislative colleagues that expanding Medicaid is a “rational decision.”

By the Numbers

Hospital CEO turnover by state: 2014

December 13, 2014

A list of all 50 states ranked by highest CEO turnover rate in 2013. Source: American College of Healthcare Executives. Published: Dec. 15, 2014, p. 36.

News Makers

Weill Cornell keeps board leadership in the family

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 13, 2014

Jessica Bibliowicz, 55, will be chairwoman of the Weill Cornell Medical College board of overseers, effective Jan. 1. She will succeed her father, Sanford Weill.

Data Points

Data Points for Dec. 15, 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 13, 2014

Data Points for the week of Dec. 15, 2014, covered the following topics: Reproductive care, abortions, pregnancy, Medicaid.

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