Mergers key to community hospital survival

As community hospitals around the country fall victim to declining volumes, shrinking patient care reimbursement and other financial woes, more organizations consider giving up their independent status to align with larger entities to survive.

Hospitals on alert after FTC's St. Luke's intervention

The Federal Trade Commission's intervention in a deal between a hospital and medical group in Idaho may give other providers pause as they pursue consolidations, the Washington Post reported.

Hospital association wants CMS to ease ACO rules

The American Hospital Association is lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to back off on some of the requirements of its Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization program, saying the current rules place too much financial risk on providers without offering them enough financial rewards.

Medical societies consider cost as part of treatment recommendations

The outsized cost of healthcare delivery in the U.S. may finally affect individual providers' treatment decisions.

Increased employment, coverage may spike health spending

Increased insurance enrollment, due to a combination of the Affordable Care Act and increased employment, means healthcare spending will likely increase, according to the New York Times.


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