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Hospital execs successfully push lawmakers to leave 340B program alone

Safety-net hospital leaders this week were successful in their efforts to keep the 340B drug program intact. 

Healthcare costs for U.S. households closing in on $25,000

The cost of providing healthcare for a family of four in the United States is now approaching $25,000, according to new data from the actuarial firm Milliman.

Hospitals can face millions in RAC administrative costs

The Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program has created a major financial and administrative burden for hospitals, according to a new report from the American Hospital Association.

Larger urban hospitals tend to disappoint patients

A large teaching hospital may have an edge in size and resources compared to smaller institutions, but it may be lacking in patient satisfaction.

As more people gain coverage, safety-net hospitals still struggle

Even as the number of insured Americans increases post-Affordable Care Act, the benefits aren't trickling down to disproportionate share hospitals, which will feel the brunt of ACA-mandated cuts in the next few years, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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