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December 26, 2011


Top Stories
By Melanie Evans and Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals that receive hefty tax breaks to provide community aid spend a small fraction of their budgets on free and discounted medical care for those who cannot afford to pay.
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By David Burda | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
If you're a regular reader of this page, you know we're always telling you what we think. But today, you're telling us what you think are the biggest healthcare stories of the past year.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The first week of 2011 ushers in the 112th Congress, with a new Republican majority in the House led by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Twenty months after President Barack Obama signs comprehensive healthcare reform into law, the U.S. Supreme Court announces it will hear challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and possibly decide the law's fate.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Although the ongoing implementation of and challenges to the 2010 healthcare overhaul law dominate the 2011 federal health policy discussion, a number of deficit-reduction activities also affect healthcare.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
(This story has been updated with a correction.)Illinois, like many states, has a short supply of revenue, and lawmakers struggle during budget time. State officials continue their search for money streams, and the Illinois Department of Revenue thinks it has found one.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A corporate control contest breaks out between Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn., and Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The high U.S. unemployment rate and weak economy continue to strain hospital operations.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The CMS unveils its hospital value-based purchasing program, which rewards hospitals for their performance on selected measures.
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By Neil McLaughlin | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
If Americans thought they had heard enough about reform in 2010, they got another big dose of health rhetoric this year.
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Late News
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HHS will allow states to define their own “essential benefit” packages of certain services that certain insurers must cover under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, named Health Management Associates executive Britt Reynolds its new president of hospital operations, effective mid-January.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The U.S. provides adequate protection for human volunteers in federally sponsored research projects but further steps can be taken to improve the process, according to a review of research standards released by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Florida is the latest state to be denied an exception to the medical-loss-ratio standard that requires individual and small-group plans to spend at least 80% of premium dollars on medical care, a CMS official said.
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Regional News
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BLUE ISLAND, Ill.—MetroSouth Medical Center, a hospital in Chicago's south suburbs that was on the verge of closing three years ago, plans to be acquired by for-profit Community Health Systems.
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By Ashok Selvam | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The new bioterrorism preparedness area at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, evokes scenes ripped straight from the script of a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
MIRA MESA, Calif.—Scripps Health hired Lei Dong as chief medical physicist for a proton therapy center under construction and on track to begin treating patients in spring 2013.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Two health systems received separate certificate-of-need approvals to build hospitals in Florida, and at least one of the CONs is going to be opposed in court.
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Cover Story
By Melanie Evans and Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals that receive hefty tax breaks to provide community aid spend a small fraction of their budgets on free and discounted medical care for those who cannot afford to pay.
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By Melanie Evans and Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Modern Healthcare analyzed the finances, charity care and other community benefits for 1,807 not-for-profits that operate hospitals with data provided by GuideStar, a not-for-profit that collects, analyzes and publishes information on the charitable sector.
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Features
By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospital fire fact: If a small blaze broke out next to an MRI machine, would-be firefighters couldn't use a traditional metal extinguisher because powerful magnetism might yank it out of their hands.
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Special Report
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The first week of 2011 ushers in the 112th Congress, with a new Republican majority in the House led by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
FULL STORY »
 
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Twenty months after President Barack Obama signs comprehensive healthcare reform into law, the U.S. Supreme Court announces it will hear challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and possibly decide the law's fate.
FULL STORY »
 
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Although the ongoing implementation of and challenges to the 2010 healthcare overhaul law dominate the 2011 federal health policy discussion, a number of deficit-reduction activities also affect healthcare.
FULL STORY »
 
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
(This story has been updated with a correction.)Illinois, like many states, has a short supply of revenue, and lawmakers struggle during budget time. State officials continue their search for money streams, and the Illinois Department of Revenue thinks it has found one.
FULL STORY »
 
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A corporate control contest breaks out between Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn., and Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas.
FULL STORY »
 
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The high U.S. unemployment rate and weak economy continue to strain hospital operations.
FULL STORY »
 
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The CMS unveils its hospital value-based purchasing program, which rewards hospitals for their performance on selected measures.
FULL STORY »
 
By Neil McLaughlin | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
If Americans thought they had heard enough about reform in 2010, they got another big dose of health rhetoric this year.
FULL STORY »
 
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Unlike in 2010, physicians aren't facing the constant threat of having their Medicare payments being drastically slashed—but that threat never really goes away.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health insurers continue to implement and respond to numerous aspects of the federal health reform law. At the same time, they also seek to gain more control over the cost and quality of care by aligning themselves more closely with providers.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The big story in health information technology for 2011 is cash flow—as in more than $1.2 billion in federal cash that flows into the bank accounts of early participants in the electronic health-record incentive payments programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Experts say the country is still not as prepared for disaster as it should be 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Skilled-nursing facilities are hit with a major Medicare reimbursement change.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Growing discontent about traditional supply-chain practices and increased financial pressure to reduce costs lead to scrutiny for suppliers and supply-chain companies. With Washington and Wall Street keeping an eye on the healthcare system's overall costs, suppliers push back.
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Editorial
By David Burda | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
If you're a regular reader of this page, you know we're always telling you what we think. But today, you're telling us what you think are the biggest healthcare stories of the past year.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
“The truth is that we may not be spending more (on health)—it all depends on what you count. ... We broadened the scope of traditional healthcare industry analyses to include spending on social services, like rent subsidies, employment-training programs, unemployment benefits, old-age...
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Guest Commentary
By Dr. Steven Corwin | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Cutting budgets and healthcare spending are high priorities with many policymakers, but an unexpected success in fighting heart failure raises questions about what saves more: holding down budgets or providing the right treatment.
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By the Numbers
By Modern Healthcare
A list of the nation's 25 most profitable critical-access hospitals, ranked by net income from the CMS Hospital Cost Report released June 30.
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Outliers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
“Knowledge is good,” according to the motto of Faber College, the fictional university depicted in the movie “Animal House.”
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A new software system allows physicians to monitor and reprogram cardiac devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators, remotely by using an iPad.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Sometimes it helps to be a sheep farmer. David Evans, a 69-year-old in southwest England, found an agriculture-centric answer to his healthcare dilemma.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
“I've seen texting among people I'm supervising in the O.R. … It is not, unfortunately, uncommon to see them doing any number of things with that computer beyond patient care. … Amazon, Gmail, I've seen all sorts of shopping, I've seen eBay. You name it, I've seen it.”
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