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Maryland hospitals make big patient-safety improvements

By Sabriya Rice  |  March 28, 2015

Hospitals in Maryland are seeing impressive progress in reducing readmission rates and preventing patient harm from hospital-acquired infections, medication errors and other safety events, according to a report released last week by the state's hospital association.

Brookdale investor targets board in restructuring bid

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 21, 2015

An activist investor pushing for change at Brookdale Senior Living has put forward a slate of three nominees for the company's board to help usher in a corporate restructuring.

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.

Florida hospitals seek options after CMS nixes Medicaid waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 21, 2015

The CMS will not renew a Medicaid waiver in Florida expiring in June that provides more than $1 billion a year to help the state's hospitals cover uncompensated-care costs for low-income and uninsured patients.

Emory, WellStar explore merger in Atlanta area

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 14, 2015

WellStar Health System and Emory University have entered discussions to create a combined organization that would bring nearly a dozen hospitals under a single umbrella.

Florida's Broward Health adds inpatient capacity

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 24, 2015

Broward Health is bucking a trend by investing in inpatient rather than outpatient facilities. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based system plans to add 54 inpatient beds to its hospital in Coral Springs.

Analytics firm Inovalon files first digital-health IPO of 2015

By Darius Tahir  |  January 10, 2015

Inovalon, a firm offering analytics to healthcare customers, is seeking $500 million in an initial public offering, the first digital health IPO of the year. The Bowie, Md.-based company will be listed on the Nasdaq, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Molina Healthcare acquires Florida Medicaid plan

By Bob Herman  |  December 06, 2014

Molina Healthcare is expanding its Medicaid business in the Southeast. The publicly traded health insurer has acquired the Medicaid assets of First Coast Advantage, a healthcare plan owned by University of Florida Health Jacksonville.

Iasis results improve as it adds volume, plan members

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 29, 2014

Iasis Healthcare reported $5.2 million in income in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014 as it booked more revenue and saw more patients in its acute-care and health plan businesses. That compares to a $3.6 million loss during the same period last year.

Two Texas providers win Baldrige quality awards

Two Texas providers win Baldrige quality awards

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 15, 2014

Hill Country Memorial and St. David's HealthCare, both in Texas, are among the four winners of the annual Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a presidential honor recognizing performance excellence.

CHS adds one hospital in South Carolina, divests another

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 08, 2014

A subsidiary of for-profit hospital operator Community Health Systems has now acquired full operational control of Gaffney (S.C.) Medical Center. Financial terms were not disclosed.

HealthSouth earnings hurt by expansion costs, and other news

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 01, 2014

HealthSouth Corp., a Birmingham, Ala.-based operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, reported a 7.6% decrease in net income in the third quarter as it incurred startup costs associated with new facilities.

Regional News/South: Ky. cardiologists settle false-claims charges

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 25, 2014

Two Kentucky cardiologists have agreed to pay $380,000 to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by entering into bogus management agreements with an area hospital in exchange for referring their patients to that hospital.

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