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Cadence's margin thinned before Northwestern merger
By Bob Herman | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The operating margin at Cadence Health, Winfield, Ill., narrowed slightly in its fiscal 2014, ended June 30, but the two-hospital system, now part of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, still tallied healthy metrics overall.
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Closure of Indiana proton center seen as sign from insurers
By Jaimy Lee | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center will close in December, marking the first time a proton-beam therapy center in the U.S. has shut its doors since the rapid proliferation of the costly treatment centers began a decade ago.
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Fairview's exit from Minn. exchange expected to shake up market
By Modern Healthcare | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In a surprising move that will shake up Minnesota's state-run Obamacare exchange, PreferredOne, a large provider-run health plan affiliated with Fairview Health Services, will drop out of the MNsure exchange for 2015, company and state officials announced last week.
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Cleveland Clinic 'century' bonds offer permanent capital
By Beth Kutscher | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Cleveland Clinic will become the first not-for-profit health system to finance its long-term projects with bonds that don't mature for 100 years.
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Beaumont Health, Botsford, Oakwook complete merger
By Jaimy Lee | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A merger between three health systems in the greater Detroit region—Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare—has closed, creating a $3.8 billion not-for-profit health system now called Beaumont Health.
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Northeast News
 
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UPMC-Highmark feud prompts company to drop insurer
By Bob Herman | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Erie Indemnity Co., an Erie, Pa.-based company that provides automobile, home and life insurance, has decided to drop Highmark as the health plan for its 4,600 employees because of the ongoing blood feud between insurer Highmark and hospital giant UPMC. Its decision could be a harbinger of what other Western Pennsylvania employers will do next year as they seek to find shelter from the fallout of the battle.
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UPMC merger plan would improve its reach north of Pittsburgh
By Bob Herman | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Pittsburgh-based UPMC and Jameson Health System, New Castle, Pa., have signed a letter of intent to merge, a move that would beef up UPMC's provider dominance north of the city.
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Massachusetts health spending comes in below target
By Melanie Evans | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health spending in Massachusetts last year stayed below the target set by state policymakers to keep medical bills from growing faster than the economy.
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North Shore-LIJ finances hurt by bad winter, insurance startup
By Bob Herman | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System battled through a sluggish first half of the year, with the Great Neck, N.Y.-based health system still feeling the financial chill from last year's icy, bitter-cold winter.
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Kaleida Health improves margin by cutting costs
By Bob Herman | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Kaleida Health kept expenses in check in the first half of 2014, giving the Buffalo, N.Y.-based system higher-than-expected surpluses.
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Southern News
 
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HCA closing Florida hospital, citing excess capacity
By Bob Herman | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For-profit hospital giant HCA announced plans to close one of its Florida hospitals because of excess inpatient capacity in the region—a sign that healthcare reform continues to push patient volumes away from inpatient hospital settings and toward lower-cost outpatient facilities.
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Wake Forest, WakeMed, Vidant form non-ownership alliance
By Beth Kutscher | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Three health systems in North Carolina have formed a non-ownership alliance that will allow them to share back-office functions while still maintaining their independence.
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Va. governor tries narrower path after Medicaid expansion blocked
By Virgil Dickson | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor, has given up on his attempt to expand Medicaid on his own without the support of the GOP-led General Assembly.
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FTC aims to unwind Phoebe Putney deal in Georgia
By Bob Herman | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Federal Trade Commission has withdrawn its agreement resolving a high-profile antitrust dispute with Phoebe Putney Health System.
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Central Georgia Health changes name to Navicent
By Bob Herman | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Central Georgia Health System has rebranded itself as Navicent Health, a name conceived to help the system better connect with patients.
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Western News
 
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Intermountain, Cerner team up for Defense EHR bid
By Joseph Conn | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Cerner Corp., one of several major electronic health-record system vendors competing for a multibillion-dollar contract to replace the Military Health System's EHR, has entered what it terms a “strategic agreement” on its bid with Intermountain Healthcare.
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Washington State University OKs new medical school plan
By Modern Healthcare | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Washington State University's board of regents unanimously approved the administration's controversial effort to start a new medical school in Spokane, citing the “dire need” for more doctors in the state.
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Tenet plans to use staffing firm angers doctors
By Beth Kutscher | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Physicians in California are fighting back against a plan to appoint an outside staffing firm to manage physician contracts at up to 12 hospitals owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp.
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Providence Health will lift Catholic restrictions at new clinic
By Harris Meyer, Managing Editor | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Responding to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash., has agreed to modify provisions of its partnership agreement with Washington State University and lift restrictions on healthcare services that are contrary to Catholic religious doctrine at a new teaching clinic in Spokane.
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Prime Healthcare sues SEIU under racketeering law, and other news
By Beth Kutscher | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Prime Healthcare Services is suing a union it says is waging an ongoing smear campaign to pressure the chain into unionizing its workforce.
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