Hackensack, Meridian create New Jersey hospital giant | Asbury Park Press
Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network finalized their merger, creating a giant healthcare network that stretches from Ocean County to Bergen County. Hackensack Meridian Health executives have said the merger will allow the health system to better manage the care of its patients–from primary doctor visits to specialized surgeries.
Vermont doctors propose new healthcare model for at-risk elders | VTDigger.org
Vermonters want to grow older in their own homes, but programs such as Medicare won't pay doctors to visit their patients at home. That leads to a system where both doctors and patients are unhappy. Doctors involved in the Frail Elders Project through the Vermont Medical Society's Education and Research Foundation are encouraging leaders in healthcare reform to adopt new practices and change this phenomenon.
Brigham and Women's, nurses' union talks remain deadlocked | Boston Herald
Brigham and Women's Hospital and its nurses' union have reached an impasse in contract talks—prompting nurses to say they're prepared to strike Monday.
N.J. lawmakers clamp down on 'surprise' medical bills | NJ.com
A New Jersey Assembly committee Monday approved legislation that aims to protect consumers from getting socked with surprise out-of-network medical bills—addressing a problem estimated to cost nearly $1 billion a year there.
A record number of Americans say they can indeed afford healthcare | Fortune
Gallup reported Monday that 15.5 percent of Americans say they couldn't afford the healthcare or medicine they needed over the past year - the lowest percentage since Gallup began tracking that metric in 2008. Falling unemployment and a rise in insured citizens are contributing to consumers' spending power.
Forest Park in Dallas remains closed as HCA completes $125M purchase | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The future of Forest Park Medical Center is still uncertain, but at least it has a new owner to pull it out of bankruptcy. The 190,000-square-foot facility boasts 84 beds and a pair of towers. HCA North Texas wants to share a license with the nearby Medical City Dallas facility, but nothing is finalized.
Brightree makes C-Suite changes after sale | Atlanta Business Chronicle
Brightree hired Matt Mellott as CEO and promoted Bobby Ghoshal to chief operating officer. The Atlanta-based healthcare technology company said the moves follow its sale to ResMed for $800 million.