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January 16, 2012


Top Stories
By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Intermountain Healthcare in Utah saved $185 million in supply costs after bringing in a chief purchasing officer.
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By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Excela Health entered the Great Recession as the largest mental health provider for the Pennsylvania county that's home to its three hospitals.
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By Neil McLaughlin | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A few observations about the latest CMS report on U.S. healthcare spending are in order.
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By Rich Daly | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
At least 11 states are adding initiatives resembling ACOs to their Medicaid programs. And many providers who shied away from the Medicare ACO models are interested in the state versions.
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By David May | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The starting gun has sounded. The first votes have been cast and counted in the 2012 race for the White House. We now have an official Republican front-runner.
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By Jessica Zigmond and Rich Daly | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The nation's healthcare system faces another major policy fork in 2012 as a U.S. Supreme Court case and a national election will decide the fate of the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul.
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Late News
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The CMS issued a proposed rule that would redefine which hospital patients are uninsured for the purpose of calculating Medicaid disproportionate-share payments.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HHS concluded that Trustmark Life Insurance Co. proposed unreasonable health insurance premium increases in Alabama, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wyoming that would affect a total of 10,000 residents.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Republican lawmakers chided HHS for a lack of transparency in the department’s December bulletin about essential health benefits under the healthcare reform law.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Food and Drug Administration sent Congress recommendations for two new user-fee programs for drugmakers that would help pay for quicker reviews of applications for generic and biosimilar drugs.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The vast majority of in-hospital adverse events go unreported by staff, according to a report from HHS' inspector general's office.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
California Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget for 2012-13 would reduce Medicaid revenue for hospitals in the state by $86 million and could cause problems for rural health clinics, seniors and people with disabilities, according to a media statement from C. Duane Dauner, president and CEO of the...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With oral arguments approaching March 26, the U.S. Justice Department gave the U.S. Supreme Court a formal defense of the healthcare reform law's requirement that Americans purchase insurance or face a tax penalty.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospital groups negotiated roughly $155 billion in cuts to scheduled Medicare increases through 2019 as part of the run-up to passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Jan. 2 Finance feature (p. 30) gave an incorrect...
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Regional News
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HARTSELLE, Ala.—Hartselle Medical Center will close its doors Jan. 31, according to a statement from its parent company, Franklin, Tenn.-based Capella Healthcare.
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By Ashok Selvam | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Two rejections in 10 days from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear of the University of Louisville Hospital's plans to join a three-way merger prompted the hospital's leaders to issue a challenge for the governor:
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
PETOSKEY, Mich.—A deal for Northern Michigan Regional Hospital to join McLaren Health Care Corp., Flint, Mich., is official.
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By Kristen Schorsch | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Even as Illinois hospitals wage a publicity and lobbying campaign to preserve their tax-exempt status, the value of their public programs and services declined in 2010 from the year before, a trade association report said.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
ROSWELL, N.M.—Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn., withdrew its interest in buying the hospital in Roswell that it doesn't already own after receiving word that the increasingly vigilant Federal Trade Commission planned an extensive review of the transaction.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
NEW YORK—Insurer Cigna Corp. announced an accountable care effort with the Weill Cornell Physician Organization, New York, that will employ registered nurses to coordinate patient care.
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By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
West Penn Allegheny Health System ended 2011 with a legal setback and questions about its financial viability.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
SCRANTON, Pa.—Community Health Systems has completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Moses Taylor Health Care System, a two-hospital system in northeast Pennsylvania.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
CLEVELAND—The Cleveland Clinic is putting the final touches on a $75 million building that officials say they hope will pump new blood into the system's revenue stream, Modern Healthcare sister publication Crain's Cleveland Business reported.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The UC Davis Health System recently signed a telehealth research collaboration agreement with the Mexican state of Sinaloa.
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Cover Story
By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Excela Health entered the Great Recession as the largest mental health provider for the Pennsylvania county that's home to its three hospitals.
FULL STORY »
 
By Rich Daly | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
At least 11 states are adding initiatives resembling ACOs to their Medicaid programs. And many providers who shied away from the Medicare ACO models are interested in the state versions.
FULL STORY »
 

Features
By Andis Robeznieks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The new Eagle Butte Health Center in South Dakota is set to open for business this week. The 10-bed, 138,000-square-foot Indian Health Service facility was paid for with $84.5 million from the stimulus law.
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By Joseph Conn | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The healthcare information technology market in the U.S. is booming, but it's much the same story elsewhere.
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Special Report
By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Intermountain Healthcare in Utah saved $185 million in supply costs after bringing in a chief purchasing officer.
FULL STORY »
 
By Jessica Zigmond and Rich Daly | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The nation's healthcare system faces another major policy fork in 2012 as a U.S. Supreme Court case and a national election will decide the fate of the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul.
FULL STORY »
 

Editorial
By Neil McLaughlin | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A few observations about the latest CMS report on U.S. healthcare spending are in order.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
“Healthcare spending in the United States increased at the slowest rate in half a century in 2009 and 2010.
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By David May | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The starting gun has sounded. The first votes have been cast and counted in the 2012 race for the White House. We now have an official Republican front-runner.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
“Two things have struck me about the Republican presidential candidate debates leading up to the Iowa caucuses. One is how entertaining they were. The other is how disconnected they were from the biggest trends shaping the job market of the 21st century. What if the 2012 campaign were...
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Guest Commentary
By Richard Clarke | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The new year has just started, but inside the Beltway, all eyes are on the presidential and congressional elections that will take place in November—and the renewed fiscal policy debate that awaits us once the elections are over.
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Letters
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A couple quick comments on the article (Dec. 12, 2011) discussing applications to nursing schools:
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By the Numbers
By Modern Healthcare
Thomson Reuters' fourth annual study of health systems, part of its 100 Top Hospitals programs. Information sources include two public databases: Medicare Provider Analysis and Review, or MedPAR, and the CMS' Hospital Compare. Source: Thomson Reuters. Published Jan. 16, 2012, p. 30.
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By Modern Healthcare
See a list of healthcare's 20 best performing U.S. healthcare stocks in 2011, ranked by total stock return through Dec. 31.
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News Makers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Memorial Hospital, an HCA-owned facility in Jacksonville, Fla., named Jim O'Loughlin its new president and CEO, effective Feb. 13. O'Loughlin, 55, comes to Memorial from Carolinas Hospital System in Florence, S.C., where he was president and CEO of the hospital, owned by for-profit Community...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Provena Mercy Medical Center, Aurora, Ill., named Maureen Bryant president and CEO, effective Feb. 6.
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Outliers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The scenic views of Chicago's famous skyline available from the new 14-story tower that now houses Rush University Medical Center just weren't artsy enough for hospital officials.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
People search the Web for health information so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are using social media to raise money for medical expenses.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Publicity was inevitable when two of the biggest names in popular music, Jay-Z and Beyonce, entered Lenox Hill Hospital this month for their blessed event.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When Outliers watches dancers gyrating in music videos for artists such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Beyonce, one question never fails to pop into our mind: Do those performers have healthcare benefits?
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Outliers knows rural hospitals often struggle to hang on to physicians and other medical staff.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Even people who think caviar is to die for might lose their appetite when it's stored in a hospital morgue. But that's where police in St. Petersburg, Russia, found a huge stash of the delicacy recently—385 pounds stored in the refrigerated space where cadavers are kept.
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Corrections and Clarifications
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HHS' inspector general's office reported $4.6 billion in investigative receivables in 2011. A Jan. 9 story (“Fraud prosecutions up 69%”,) gave an incorrect figure.
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