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Healthcare unions gear up to fight potential cuts, layoffs

As the state and federal governments pressure the healthcare sector to cut costs, healthcare workers are often collateral damage, according to the Washington Times.

Data suggest surgery prices are skyrocketing

The per capita surgery rate in the United States is some 50 percent higher than in the European Union countries, and that higher demand is apparently driving up prices dramatically, NBC News reported.

Urgent care centers put financial pressure on Texas hospitals

Texas hospitals are already under financial pressure due to the Lone Star State's steadfast refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, and now they face yet another pressure point: urgent care centers.

Moody's: Non-profit hospitals see constricted revenue growth

The Great Recession may be over and the Affordable Care Act may be delivering millions of more patients, but hospitals are apparently still waiting for those bits of good fortune to make a difference to their bottom lines.

Indiana hospitals want to hide salary data at public hospitals

At a time when the industry and consumers push for transparency in healthcare finances, the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) wants to go in the other direction regarding some forms of compensation, the Indianapolis Star reported.

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