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Dignity seeking license to take full risk for care

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Dignity Health is preparing to apply for a California health insurance license that will allow the San Francisco-based health system to accept full financial risk for patients' medical care.

The Week Ahead

For-profit hospital leaders to Congress: 'No mas'

By Bob Herman  |  February 28, 2015

Leaders of investor-owned hospitals will gather in Washington this week to air their concerns about Medicare payment cuts and the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the Affordable Care Act premium subsidies.

Health lawyers meet to mull antitrust ruling, data security

By Paul Demko  |  February 28, 2015

On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the blockbuster King v. Burwell case in Washington, healthcare lawyers will assemble in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to discuss other important and contentious legal topics at the American Bar Association's Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law...

Regional News

Patient advocates oppose defunding N.Y. doc profile site

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 28, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to save $1.2 million by defunding the state's website is coming under fire from a coalition of 16 patient- and consumer-advocacy groups who call the plan “a dangerous step backwards in the effort for greater transparency in...

Maryland systems team up for population health

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 28, 2015

Five Maryland-based health systems plan to form a non-ownership alliance to strengthen their performance under the state's global budget reimbursement system.


Other insurers may be liable in Anthem data breach

By Joseph Conn  |  February 28, 2015

Potential legal liabilities from the unprecedented breach of 80 million individuals' records at Indianapolis-based health insurance giant Anthem could entangle nearly 60 insurers from Hawaii to Puerto Rico, legal experts say.

Patient-focused UCLA leader tapped to head Geisinger

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 28, 2015

Dr. David Feinberg's knack for improving patient-satisfaction scores and transforming the culture at the UCLA Hospital System was a major reason Geisinger Health System last week named him its next CEO, Geisinger leaders say.

Banner merger with UAHN signals academic centers' future

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 28, 2015

The merger last week of the University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health highlights the stark challenges academic medical centers face in the new economics of healthcare.

Actuaries want rates revised if subsidies end

By Bob Herman  |  February 28, 2015

Actuaries are pressing HHS to allow health insurers to revise their rates for 2016 coverage if the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates the Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies in federal exchanges.

Ruling warns states to boost health board supervision

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 28, 2015

State professional regulatory boards may seek more state supervision or change their membership makeup because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week involving a North Carolina dental board accused of illegally suppressing competition.

Cover Story
Guest Commentary

Hospital closures pose threat to public health, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Regarding the Feb. 23 cover story “Hospitals face closures as 'a new day in healthcare' dawns,” it's a great article. Unfortunately, these closures will eventually place the basic ability to care for our citizens at risk, especially in rapid response to superbugs, Ebola/SARS, natural...

Best Practices

Best Practices: Hospital reduces delirium in elderly patients

By Maureen McKinney  |  February 28, 2015

Throughout the 1990s, Dr. Fred Rubin tried a variety of strategies to prevent elderly patients from experiencing the sudden onset of stress and confusion known as delirium, which often occurs during a hospital stay. Then in 1999, Rubin saw a New England Journal of Medicine article touting the...


Presence Health CEO Sandra Bruce on merger, Medicaid cuts

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Sandra Bruce, president and CEO of Presence Health, discusses the challenge of merging cultures, increasing diversity in her system's executive ranks, continuous performance improvement and the economic impact of reducing inpatient hospital capacity on communities.

By the Numbers

Device prices fall as hospitals' leverage grows

By Michael Sandler  |  February 28, 2015

The median prices for selected costly hospital products dipped in 2014 as hospital supply-chain leaders continued to negotiate tougher deals and clamp down on physician-preference items.

News Makers
Data Points

Data Points for March 2, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Data Points for the week of March 2, 2015, covered the following topics: Medicaid, Medicare, heart attack care and ICD-10 implementation


Finns find heart health in the sauna

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

If you want better heart health, maybe you should take a lesson from the Finns. A new study from Finland, a land that not only loves saunas but invented the word, suggests frequent sauna baths are linked to better heart health.

The case of the wrong rodent

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Scientists say they may have solved a centuries-old whodunit: Why did Europe experience outbreaks of bubonic plague over hundreds of years, starting with the Black Death of 1347 to 1353?

Corrections and Clarifications

Corrections and clarifications

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

In the article “The rise of the specialty emergency department,” (Feb. 23, p. 22) the emergency medicine chairman at St. Joseph's Healthcare System, Paterson,...

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