With struggling giants Tenet Healthcare and Community Health Systems now sellers rather than buyers of hospitals, their competitors are paying a premium to acquire their coveted facilities.
Hospital company stock prices were mixed on Friday after the news that the Trump administration would end financial support for ACA enrollees' cost-sharing.
Amedisys, one of the nation's largest home health operators, is closing four locations in Florida and consolidating three more where it already has centers.
With high-deductible insurance generally requiring patients these days to pay for all care until June, hospitals are relying on revenue-cycle cost estimators to have frank payment conversations with patients before treatment.
Big hospital chains like HCA and Tenet expect to see a dent in their third-quarter earnings thanks to hurricanes and soft admissions. While hurricane damage may be a short-term issue, sinking admissions are here to stay industrywide.
Arkansas Children's is preparing to open the nation's smallest free-standing children's hospital, with nearly 40% of the costs being paid by charitable donations from Walmart, Tyson Foodsn and other prominent individuals and employers in the area.