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Unlocking the community chest

By Joe Carlson  |  October 20, 2008

A new federal study finding wide variation in how not-for-profit hospitals report free care they provide to their communities could set up another showdown next year between reform-minded lawmakers and tax-exempt hospitals.

Feeling right at home

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 20, 2008

Common wisdom would say that significant innovations in healthcare delivery typically get their start in big cities or at major academic medical centers. Likewise, Selmer, Tenn., with a population of about 4,600 might be an unlikely place to find a medical practice at the leading edge of an...

Late News

Late news

October 20, 2008

Spending on Medicaid is expected to increase 7.3% from 2007 to 2008 and continue to climb over the next decade, topping $339 billion this year and nearly doubling to $674 billion by 2017, according to the first annual fiscal report on Medicaid delivered by the CMS’ Office of the Actuary.

Regional News

In search of answers

By Jessica Zigmond  |  October 20, 2008

Louisiana’s Attorney General said evidence from a previous investigation into four patient deaths at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 should be kept secret.

Regionals

October 20, 2008

MODESTO, Calif.—Kaiser Permanente opened the new Modesto Medical Center on Oct. 1. The 670,000 square-foot, $430 million hospital incorporates environmentally friendly design to reduce energy costs and improve patients’ and staff’s well-being. The 224-bed hospital has one of the largest...

Regionals

October 20, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa.—Pennsylvania hospitals, ambulatory-surgery centers and long-term-care providers cannot require nurses and other clinical-care workers to work overtime under a bill that cleared the state’s Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Edward Rendell. Pennsylvania’s House of...

Regionals

October 20, 2008

SEYMOUR, Ind.—Schneck Medical Center finished construction of 84,000 square feet of new space, nearly doubling the size of the facility. The expansion is part of a $65 million project, funded with bonds and cash reserves, that includes ongoing renovation of the facility’s remaining 90,000...

Regionals

October 20, 2008

McKINNEY, Texas—Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, said it broke ground to build a $212 million, 95-bed hospital on 58 acres. The new Baylor Medical Center at McKinney—which will be four stories high and include a medical office complex—is scheduled to be completed in November 2010. Baylor...

Minn. nurses exiting ANA

By Joe Carlson  |  October 20, 2008

The Minnesota Nurses Association has voted to pull its membership of 20,000 nurses out of the American Nurses Association, following six other states that have recently pulled out of the national professional organization.

Cooperating in N.D.

By Jessica Zigmond  |  October 20, 2008

A creative bargain—and nearly $1 million in federal funding—is expected to help two North Dakota hospitals improve their bottom line.

Cover Story

Unlocking the community chest

By Joe Carlson  |  October 20, 2008

A new federal study finding wide variation in how not-for-profit hospitals report free care they provide to their communities could set up another showdown next year between reform-minded lawmakers and tax-exempt hospitals.

Features

No unfair advantage

By Jennifer Lubell  |  October 20, 2008

Medicare Advantage plans say they’re ready to comply with the CMS’ new marketing rules, although some are concerned the requirements will stifle their relationship with beneficiaries.

Special Report

Feeling right at home

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 20, 2008

Common wisdom would say that significant innovations in healthcare delivery typically get their start in big cities or at major academic medical centers. Likewise, Selmer, Tenn., with a population of about 4,600 might be an unlikely place to find a medical practice at the leading edge of an...

Editorial
Guest Commentary

Real change is needed

By William Jessee  |  October 20, 2008

In just a couple of weeks, Americans will go to the polls to elect a new president. And while both candidates have included healthcare reform as a key part of their respective platforms, healthcare has become a secondary issue to most of the electorate as a consequence of the economic turmoil of...

Letters

Uncovering RAC and "Red Flag Rule"

October 20, 2008

In the past two weeks, I have spent a great deal of time reading and trying to understand the overall purpose and intention of two new hotbeds in healthcare.

News Makers

On the move

October 20, 2008

Brett Gosney, 49, CEO of the Animas Surgical Hospital in Durango, Colo., took over as president of Physician Hospitals of America, a Sioux Falls, S.D.-based trade group that represents physician-owned hospitals, during the group’s eighth annual conference Oct. 2-4 in Palm Springs, Calif.

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Outliers

Outliers: Lehigh Valley system gets its green on with new hydrogen bus

October 20, 2008

No one wants to inhale grit and unhealthy fumes, and for those with pulmonary ailments, pollution can be doubly troubling. With an eye for keeping one more smog-producing vehicle off the road, the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, a two-hospital system based in Allentown, Pa., signed on...

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