Federal judge says hospitals should have more time to comment on two-midnight rule

A federal judge has thrown out a facet of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed two-midnight rule, meaning its implementation could be delayed again.

Pope Francis wants Catholic hospitals to increase care for poor

During his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis has urged operators of Catholic hospitals--which are among the biggest and most powerful of American healthcare providers--to increase their charity care for poor patients, USA Today has reported, and at least one Catholic healthcare system CEO, Ascension Health's Anthony Tersigni, is listening.

Pioneer ACOs lead to drop in "low-value" healthcare services

Pioneer accountable care organizations (ACOs) reported a modest drop in the use of so-called "low-value" healthcare services, such as unnecessary cancer screenings, imaging services or cardiac tests, according to a new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine

Post-ACA merger-mania continues as officials increase scrutiny

The wave of major healthcare provider and payer mergers prompted by the Affordable Care Act is coming under increased scrutiny from regulators, but healthcare leaders argue the trend's negative effect on consumers and competition is overstated, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Premier's ACOs outperform most others

The accountable care organization operated by group purchasing organization Premier, Inc. is apparently unlike any other. Premier's PACT population health management collaborative has outperformed Medicare Shared Savings and Pioneer ACOs operating outside of the collaborative.

California launches price comparison website but procedure costs remain unclear

California is the latest state to get into the healthcare price transparency game, with one of its regulators launching a healthcare services comparison site in conjunction with Consumer Reports and the University of California at San Francisco.

Skyrocketing drug prices: Justice Department must take antitrust actions against Big Pharma

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Hospital groups urge NLRB to keep rules against organizing contract workers

Two leading hospital groups have asked the National Labor Relations Board to keep a rule in place that excludes jointly employed workers from bargaining unless both of their employers consent to doing so.

New treatments for congestive heart failure could be too costly

Two new treatments have arrived to mitigate the effects of congestive heart failure, a growing problem in the United States. But their cost may be prohibitive, according to a new report by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review and the California Technology Assessment Forum.

Women anesthesiologists make significantly less than male colleagues

There's a significant pay gap in the practice of rendering patients unconscious, according to a new study by the California-based think tank RAND Corp published in the journal Anesthesiology.

Massachusetts healthcare struggles with rising costs

Massachusetts, which introduced Affordable Care Act-like reforms a decade ago, has struggled with cost increases, although market dynamics rather than the law itself are apparently the main driver, according to a new report issued by state Attorney General Maura Healey.

Growth in 340B program rapid in recent years

The 340B drug discount program for safety-net hospitals is apparently much bigger than previously thought.

Price transparency: Why hospitals must zero in on patients' out-of-pocket costs

Hospital administrators must do a better job of providing specific costs to patients if they want their organizations to remain competitive in the healthcare marketplace, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Healthcare hiring boom continues unabated

The healthcare jobs market is apparently booming, with hiring at hospitals leading the way, according to new data from the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

Medical schools start teaching students about healthcare costs

Medical schools are beginning to educate would-be doctors about the cost of the healthcare they deliver and how to discuss finances with patients, according to the Los Angeles radio station KPCC.

Medical residents seek better benefits, increased bargaining power

A movement is building among medical residents for improved working conditions and a more transparent residency process, according to the International Business Times.

Hospitals fund, operate innovation centers

Hospitals are trying to jumpstart new ideas with the creation of "innovation centers" that are intended to test out new ideas and improve outcomes, often incorporating the view of the patient rather than the institution.

Hospital M&A: Non-acute care facilities, digital health in, 'horizontal' hospital acquisitions out


Competition and the transition to value-based care are two reasons for the dramatic increase in the number of health systems that have acquired physician practices, retail clinics and digital resources in the last nine years, according to a new report from management consulting firm Accenture.

Providers oppose fed's plan to bundle payments for joint replacements

Providers are pushing back against a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to bundle payments for joint replacements.