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CHI-Dignity mega-merger to test co-CEO model

CHI-Dignity mega-merger to test co-CEO model

December 09, 2017

A Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health combination that would form a national not-for-profit powerhouse exemplifies a traditional health system mega-merger under a newly-popular two-pronged governance approach.

Bridging the healthcare gap with digital coaching

Bridging the healthcare gap with digital coaching

December 09, 2017

Companies like Twine Health, a so-called “health activation platform,” allow providers to track the health of large employers' workforces, who are encouraged to use technology to engage in their own well-being.

CHIP funding still hangs in the balance

CHIP funding still hangs in the balance

December 09, 2017

Lawmakers bought themselves a couple of more weeks to hammer out a spending bill, but long-term funding for CHIP and community health centers remains in question.

FCC to vote on net neutrality

FCC to vote on net neutrality

December 09, 2017

With the FCC on the verge of repealing net neutrality rules, there's considerable uncertainty about how the change will affect the healthcare industry, with telemedicine, particularly for rural hospitals, up in the air.

Prosecutors insist eye doc stole $136 million from Medicare

Prosecutors insist eye doc stole $136 million from Medicare

By Associated Press  |  December 08, 2017

Either Dr. Salomon Melgen is one of the biggest Medicare swindlers ever, stealing more than $100 million from the federal healthcare program, or a penny-ante thief who walked off with $64,000.

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 08, 2017

Women of color die during pregnancy and childbirth at alarming rates, researchers jealously keep data private, and biotech hedge fund manager Sam Isaly quits amid sexual misconduct allegations.

ACA enrollment likely to come up short

ACA enrollment likely to come up short

December 08, 2017

With just a week to go before the ACA's fifth open enrollment comes to an end, experts predict signups will fall short of last year's, thanks to the shortened enrollment period, slashed advertising funds, and premium increases.

CMS promises more accurate Hospice Compare site

CMS promises more accurate Hospice Compare site

December 08, 2017

Officials at the CMS say they are taking multiple steps to address accuracy issues on Hospice Compare and believe the site will be largely free of errors by early next year.


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