Mergers & Acquisitions Community Health Systems seeks growth through acquisitions Community Health Systems has sought buyers for multiple facilities, including hospitals in Florida, West Virginia and North Carolina. Providers Local Infusion scores $10M in funding, plans expansion Local Infusion will expand its footprint to three more states after receiving $10 million in funding. Labor How hospital unions are advancing health equity Healthcare workers at health systems including Mount Sinai and Montefiore are leveraging their collective power to demand contract provisions that address inequities. Providers More academic partnerships to come, despite financial hurdles It can be difficult to integrate academic medical centers’ high-cost research and education missions into health systems’ daily operations. Digital Health Radiology industry embraces AI at annual meeting AI is used more often in radiology than any other specialty, which has led to mixed feelings in the profession about the technology. Safety & Quality What highly recommended hospitals have in common A Modern Healthcare analysis found that small acute hospitals were most likely to score highly on one key measure of a patient survey. Digital Health Cleveland Clinic, Canon to establish comprehensive imaging research center The partnership will allow for a cross-institutional team of clinician scientists, researchers and researchers to create high-tech imaging technologies. Providers As hospital expenses rise, charity care spending falls Nonprofit hospitals’ median charity care as a percentage of operating expenses declined to 0.99% in 2022, down from 1.21% in 2020. Physicians How the No Surprises Act changed strategy at staffing companies Beleaguered by rising compensation rates and increased demand for physician services, staffing companies are trying to stay competitive. Insurance Health insurers are still denying claims despite breaking state laws States have passed hundreds of laws to protect people from wrongful insurance denials. Yet insurers are still saying no. Labor HCA workers strike at three hospitals in California The strike, involving 2,400 workers and lasting five days, was spurred by claims of inadequate staffing and workplace violence protections at the health system. Insurance Marketing limits could shake up Medicare Advantage market Smaller health insurance companies hope stricter broker compensation rules may promote fairer competition in the Medicare Advantage market against giants such as Humana. Sponsored Content Events & Programs Nominate Today! New for 2024, nominate a rising star for the 40 Under 40 Awards and bring attention to the next generation of leaders shaping the industry. Register Now! On Dec. 6, join this complimentary virtual event to get reenergerized about 2024, with inspiration and ideas for navigating upcoming trends and opportunities. Get Tickets! Celebrate champions for DEI in healthcare Dec. 7 in Chicago. Join us in honoring the individuals and organizations being recognized for their impact. Nominate Today! Honoring an all-new group of women from across the healthcare ecosystem. Nominate an outstanding leader today for the 2024 class!