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As Phoenix booms, healthcare systems revamp to catch up

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 28, 2016

The Phoenix metro area is booming. Once-sleepy neighborhoods are seeing real estate bidding wars. New housing developments are appearing where there once was nothing. Against that backdrop, healthcare in Phoenix is reorganizing as systems compete for patients and the doctors who refer them.

For-profit hospitals blaze separate path to efficiency, quality

By Harris Meyer  |  May 28, 2016

A half-century after formation of the Federation of American Hospitals, for-profit hospital chains have moved beyond a scandal-plagued past to forge a permanent place in the healthcare landscape that features both collaboration and competition with not-for-profit systems.

Going after fraud from a new angle

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 28, 2016

Tactics used in the federal inquiry that led over 500 hospitals to settle charges they submitted false claims for implantable heart devices could shape how the government conducts future Medicare fraud investigations.

Late News

Mutated superbug raises fear of 'end of the road for antibiotics'

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 28, 2016

Researchers have identified the first U.S. case of a pathogen carrying a mutated gene resistant to an antibiotic used as a last line of defense against superbugs, raising fears that a post-antibiotic era will arrive sooner than expected.

Accretive Health replaces CEO Rizk with Joseph Flanagan

By Dave Barkholz  |  May 28, 2016

Accretive Health CEO Dr. Emad Rizk is leaving the struggling revenue-cycle company and has been replaced by Joseph Flanagan. Accretive's board of directors promoted Flanagan from his position as president and chief operating officer.

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Regional News

Closing arguments heard in Chicago-area antitrust case

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 28, 2016

Attorneys for two Chicago-area hospital systems argued in federal court last week that a recent decision in a similar antitrust case in Pennsylvania supports the systems' case for being allowed to merge.

Mount Sinai CEO: 'No layoffs' in rebirth of Beth Israel

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  May 28, 2016

Since 2000, 19 New York City hospitals have closed. Dr. Kenneth Davis, Mount Sinai Health System's CEO, doesn't want to be responsible for the loss of No. 20.

Georgia hospitals, doctors, plan new clinical data exchange

By Dave Barkholz  |  May 28, 2016

A physician-hospital organization affiliated with Navicent Health in Macon, Ga., is partnering with Stratus Healthcare to potentially offer information technology services to doctors and rural hospitals in southern Georgia, the groups announced last week.

Arizona court rules hospitals can file some Medicaid liens

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 28, 2016

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that hospitals can go after lawsuit settlements to get additional reimbursement for the costs of providing care for some patients covered by the state's Medicaid program.

News

Will Prime's M&A momentum be stalled by federal lawsuit?

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 28, 2016

The federal government has now thrown its weight behind long-circulated allegations that part of Prime Healthcare Services' turnaround strategy is to drive up revenue by leaning hard on doctors to admit more patients. But that may not stop the chain from snapping up more troubled hospitals.

Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards entries sought

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 28, 2016

Modern Healthcare and sister publication Advertising Age are accepting entries for the third annual Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards. The deadline for submissions is July 1.

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As Phoenix booms, healthcare systems revamp to catch up

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 28, 2016

The Phoenix metro area is booming. Once-sleepy neighborhoods are seeing real estate bidding wars. New housing developments are appearing where there once was nothing. Against that backdrop, healthcare in Phoenix is reorganizing as systems compete for patients and the doctors who refer them.

Features

For-profit hospitals blaze separate path to efficiency, quality

By Harris Meyer  |  May 28, 2016

A half-century after formation of the Federation of American Hospitals, for-profit hospital chains have moved beyond a scandal-plagued past to forge a permanent place in the healthcare landscape that features both collaboration and competition with not-for-profit systems.

Going after fraud from a new angle

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 28, 2016

Tactics used in the federal inquiry that led over 500 hospitals to settle charges they submitted false claims for implantable heart devices could shape how the government conducts future Medicare fraud investigations.

Editorial

Editorial: Avoiding the death spiral

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 28, 2016

Obamacare's enemies are gearing up to make rising health insurance premiums a major attack point during the coming election season, but the public needs to consider the real reasons behind the higher prices.

Guest Commentary
Letters

Offering patients hope shouldn't lead to exploitation and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 28, 2016

The May 23 editorial "What's a new cancer drug worth?" offers a very thoughtful discussion. The practice of manipulating science to make products worth more than what they are must cease. Granted, many of the patients are terminal and are looking for hope. However, the hope should not be exploited,...

Innovations

Evolent helps with high-risk patients

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 28, 2016

Evolent's technology and consulting platform can help identify high-risk patients by analyzing data from multiple sources and then create physician-driven care-management plans.

Q&A

Q&A: High-deductible plans make IU Health more consumer-conscious

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 28, 2016

Dennis Murphy is the new CEO of Indiana University Health, the largest healthcare system in the Hoosier state. In an interview with Modern Healthcare reporter Bob Herman, he outlines his early goals and how he views risk-based payment models.

By the Numbers

Largest for-profit hospital chains: 2016

May 28, 2016

A list of the nation's 11 largest for-profit hospital chains, ranked by 2015 revenue as reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Source: Modern Healthcare reporting. Published May 30, 2016, p. 34.

News Makers
Data Points
Outliers

Getting brainy about resolutions

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 28, 2016

June 1 is nearly here, which means six months ago a lot of you were making New Year's resolutions. And you really meant it, didn't you?

The Mountain's mighty diet dwarfs typical meal plans

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 28, 2016

Game of Thrones” fans are all too familiar with the character known as the Mountain. The hulking giant is perhaps best-known for his, uh, crushing victory over Prince Oberyn Martell.

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