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Ascension's outpatient transformation comes at a cost

Ascension's outpatient transformation comes at a cost

November 19, 2018

Ascension reported higher proportions of publicly insured patients and dips in some volume metrics in the quarter ended Sept. 30 amid its transformation from being an inpatient to an outpatient provider.

Cleveland Clinic-Oscar Health pairing is exceeding hopes

Cleveland Clinic-Oscar Health pairing is exceeding hopes

By Lydia Coutré  |  November 19, 2018

The partnership, which marked the clinic's first heavy play in the insurance business, vastly exceeded expectations in the first year, securing what they estimate to be a 15% share of the individual market in the 2018 open enrollment season.

CHS settles lawsuit against former CEO of Fort Wayne hospitals

CHS settles lawsuit against former CEO of Fort Wayne hospitals

November 19, 2018

Community Health Systems has settled a lawsuit against the former CEO of its Fort Wayne, Ind., subsidiary, Lutheran Health Network, more than a year after it alleged the CEO used confidential information to lure a competitor to the Fort Wayne area.

Pharmacists take aim at benefit managers

Pharmacists take aim at benefit managers

By Jonathan LaMantia  |  November 19, 2018

Independent pharmacists in New York are calling for a state investigation into the practices of pharmacy benefit managers—the companies that negotiate drug prices on behalf of insurers and employers. They blame the PBMs for forcing owners to close up shop.

Shots fired on Chicago hospital campus

Shots fired on Chicago hospital campus

By Associated Press  |  November 19, 2018

A gunman opened fire Monday afternoon on the campus of Chicago's Mercy Hospital. Four people, including the gunman, were reported dead.

Medical supplier ditches Illinois insurer following rate cut

Medical supplier ditches Illinois insurer following rate cut

By Stephanie Goldberg  |  November 16, 2018

Nearly a year ago, the private insurer in the state's overhauled Medicaid managed-care program slashed reimbursement rates to medical suppliers. Now a large provider is terminating its contract.

Partners, Harvard Pilgrim table merger talks

Partners, Harvard Pilgrim table merger talks

November 16, 2018

Massachusetts' dominant health system and one of its largest payers have put their merger talks on hold, after executives reportedly felt the deal was getting too complicated.


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