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Regional News/Midwest: Report on Illinois hospitals shows their economic impact, struggles, and other news
By Rachel Landen and Associated Press | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Illinois' nearly 50 health systems and more than 200 hospitals contribute $83.4 billion annually to the state's economy, according to a report issued last week by the Illinois Hospital Association.
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Regional News/Midwest: Da Vinci ad controversy shows need to revamp conflict policies, U. of Illinois says
By Andis Robeznieks | March 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
University of Illinois conflict-of-interest policies and procedures need an overhaul to ensure uniformity across their various campuses, according to a report the school issued in response to a recent controversy involving an ad for Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robotic surgery system.
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Regional News/Midwest: Alexian Brothers seeks to boost behavioral health capacity, and other news
By Rachel Landen | March 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Alexian Brothers Health System, Arlington Heights, Ill., announced plans to integrate its acute-care and behavioral-health services in an effort to deal with increased demand for mental health treatment and a growing shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds.
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Regional News/Midwest: McLaren rebrands to offer expanded provider services, and other news
By Rachel Landen andJoseph Conn | March 08, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
McLaren Physician Hospital Organization is now McLaren Physician Partners, the result of a rebranding initiative that took effect March 1.
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Regional News/Midwest: Beaumont tries pay-for-performance, and other news
By Melanie Evans and Steven Ross Johnson | February 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
One of Michigan's largest health systems has entered its first insurance contract to pay hospitals based on performance, not volume, a move that underscores the industry's halting progress toward financing reform that is widely cited as essential to more affordable healthcare.
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Regional News/Northeast: Boston-area hospitals partnering on new system
By Rachel Landen | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, and Lowell (Mass.) General Hospital are partnering to form a health system to encourage collaboration between academic teaching hospitals and community-based providers.
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Regional News/Northeast: Blue Cross, DaVita forge Philly link on primary care, and other news
By Jaimy Lee and Rachel Landen | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A new joint venture between Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners aims to improve primary care and lower costs in Philadelphia by providing data, resources and financial incentives to doctors to help them take better care of patients with chronic diseases.
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Regional News/Northeast: Vermont awards $2.6 million in grants to spur innovation, cut costs
By Associated Press and Rachel Landen | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Vermont awarded more than $2.6 million in grants to healthcare providers last Wednesday in a push to cut costs and promote healthcare innovation across the state.
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Regional News/Northeast: Hospital conversion bill advances in Connecticut
By Rachel Landen | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A bill that would prohibit not-for-profit hospitals from converting to for-profits moved ahead last week in the Connecticut Legislature.
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Regional News/Northeast: 'Hackathon' winners create apps to help patients connect
By Joseph Conn | March 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A hospital-sponsored software development contest has produced new technology tools that connect patients with each other and improve hospital check-in processes.
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Regional News/South: Feds extend safety net funds for Fla. hospitals
By Associated Press | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Federal health officials have agreed to funnel $2 billion to Florida hospitals and providers that serve uninsured patients for another year.
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Regional News/South: Fla. system sees higher revenue even as admissions drop
By Beth Kutscher | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers, Fla., reported improvements in its operating surplus and revenue despite a drop in admissions during its fiscal 2013, which ended in September.
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Regional News/South: Fla. governor demands probe of possible VA hospital deaths, and other news
By Virgil Dickson, Beth Kutscher and Rachel Landen | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Florida Gov. Rick Scott last Tuesday asked Elizabeth Dudek, secretary of the state's Agency for Health Care Administration, to investigate U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in the state because of suspicions that a series of preventable deaths may have occurred there.
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Regional News/South: Duke agrees to pay $1 million to settle whistle-blower lawsuit, and other news
By Joe Carlson and Associated Press | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Duke University Health System in Durham, N.C., has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations that it fraudulently inflated its Medicare bills by unbundling some cardiac services and billing for physician assistants' time illegally.
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Regional News/South: Georgia takes steps to keep rural hospitals from closing, and other news
By Beth Kutscher and Rachel Landen | March 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has launched a three-prong proposal to protect the state's rural hospitals after a number of medical centers have closed their doors.
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Regional News/West: Insurers aid fight against Calif. ballot initiative
By Paul Demko | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A political battle looms over whether regulators in the nation's most populous state will have the authority to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, a power that could make a difference in the fate of the Obamacare insurance exchanges.
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Regional News/West: Providence hit by payment cuts, fewer patients
By Beth Kutscher | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Providence Health & Services reported that its operating income came in lower than expected in 2013 as flat inpatient volumes and an adverse payer mix depressed gains.
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Regional News/West: University of California hospitals dodge second patient-care tech worker strike
By Rachel Landen | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
University of California hospitals narrowly avoided a recent strike after university officials reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing patient-care technical workers.
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Regional News/West: Washington hospitals required to post wide range of policies, and other news
By Beth Kutscher and Rachel Landen | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As of last week, hospitals in Washington state were required to post their policies on reproductive healthcare, end-of-life care, nondiscrimination, charity care and admissions.
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Regional News/West: UCSF looking to expand on site adjacent to new medical center
By Rachel Landen | March 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The University of California at San Francisco is in the planning stages of acquiring and developing a site across from its UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, a children's, women's and cancer hospital complex that is still under construction itself.
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