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Direct hospital contracting in Maine dramatically cuts costs

Direct contracting by employer groups of hospital services may be a way to dramatically reduce costs.

Use of reference pricing is likely to grow

Reference pricing--a cap on what payers would cover for certain medical procedures--is slowly gaining traction in the healthcare sector, Kaiser Health News reports.

Hospitals that switch to for-profit status do not harm patient care

When not-for-profit hospitals switch to for-profit status, their finances may improve but the quality of care they deliver remains about the same, concludes a new study from Harvard researchers.

Texas Health Presbyterian financial losses become clearer

Following published reports suggesting that Texas Health Presbyterian, the Dallas hospital that accidentally allowed two of its nurses to be infected with the Ebola virus from a patient, had taken a financial hit as a result, Bloomberg has quantified the loss: a 20 percent-plus drop in its revenue and patient census.

VHA division serves hospitals in Midwest looking to cut costs

The VHA has created Mid-American Service Solutions, which is focused on Midwestern acute care facilities and has about 120 in its purchasing group altogether, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

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