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How CEOs can shrink expenses without sacrificing patient care

Hospital CEOs can shrink their hospital's expenses without sacrificing clinical care and patient services. But results aren't always guaranteed.

Whether your surgery is at night or in morning matters little

Working late hours doesn't affect surgeons' skills, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

340B program draft guidance released

The Health Resources Services Administration has released its long-awaited "mega-guidance" for the 340B discount drug program.

Financial woes, closures for rural hospitals intensify

Rural hospitals continue to be under intense financial pressure, and two facilities have shut down in recent weeks in Nevada and Arizona as a result.

Observation care takes its toll on patients' wallets

The issue of observation care has proven to be a financial sore point for hospitals, but a new study suggests it is creating similar issues for patients, according to a new study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Why healthcare price gouging will get worse before it gets better

Healthcare financial malfeasance sometimes flies under the radar. That appears to be the case with a remarkable report the Reuters wire service published last week regarding how victims of defective...

Many forces will push healthcare costs back up

Healthcare cost increases have been historically low in recent years, but the publication State of Reform believes that they will soon return to double-digit rates of growth.

Physician wins $5.7M judgment against hospital chain

A Southern California physician has prevailed in a lawsuit against a hospital chain he said retaliated against him for objecting to its acquisition of an Orange County hospital.

Americans have conflicting thoughts on drug prices

Americans have deeply conflicted views about the pharmaceutical sector, grateful that the prescription medications help improve their health, but generally skeptical as to the reasons behind their cost increases, according to a new tracking poll by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

'Cowboy' doctors account for a lot of unnecessary care, Medicare expenditures

So-called "cowboy doctors"--clinicians who provide intensive, but unnecessary care--account for more than a third of all Medicare expenditures at the end of life and 12 percent of all Medicare expenditures overall, according to a new study by Harvard University researchers.

It's much cheaper to have a baby at home than at the hospital

Although Canada has a single-payer healthcare and much lower costs than the United States, researchers there still found giving birth at home makes better financial sense than at a hospital.

State of independence: Virginia alliance plans to build free-standing children's hospital

An alliance in Virginia is proposing an independent, free-standing children's hospital at a time when most of the 200-plus chilcren's hospital across the United States are part of larger adult health systems, according to an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Hospital leaders should be more flexible when it comes to nurse retention

With the cost of replacing departed or retiring nurses often on the minds of hospital executives, they must consider new approaches toward retaining nursing staff, according to Hospitals & Health Networks Daily. 

Rural hospitals ally with bigger providers to weather financial crisis

Amid an ongoing financial crisis for the nation's rural hospitals, some providers stay afloat by forming alliances with one another or larger hospitals, according to Kaiser Health News.

The push and pull of increasing hospital consolidation

As the number of deals in the healthcare sector continue to pile up, so do the concerns about whether the deals benefit its participants and satisfy regulators, one prominent attorney says.

Treasury regulations on patient financial assistance may be tough to enforce

The new rules issued by the U.S. Treasury Department intended to curb excessive debt collection practices by hospitals are not likely to be enforced in a consistent and effective manner, Erin C. Fuse Brown, a law professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, writes in the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Patient finance companies inflate bills for mesh removal procedures

A medical lending company that arranged for women to have uterine mesh implants removed often charged them more than 20 times what it actually cost to perform the surgery, Reuters has reported.

Merger mania among hospitals could damage access to care

A new study finds the continuing urge to merge in the hospital sector could not only lead to more obstacles in obtaining care, but could create a "too big to fail" culture in which government regulators may have to bail out hospital operators if they enter into financial difficulties

HCA, Tenet make list of widest CEO-worker pay ratios

Hospital CEO pay continues to rise, outpacing overall healthcare spending in Massachusetts and, for major publicly traded hospitals, such as Tenet and Community Health Systems, ranking among the top 10 companies for CEO-worker pay disparity

How a wellness center can slash your hospital's expenses

In-hospital wellness centers were once the purview of only the most cutting-edge health systems, but they're becoming more common as care value becomes increasingly important to the healthcare business, according to Healthcare Finance News.