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PoliticoPro panel debates hospital consolidation pros and cons

In an industry changing at rapid speed, health systems and hospitals are under more pressure than ever to improve quality, lower costs and innovate using the latest technologies. This environment makes hospital consolidation an imminent reality for facilities across the country. 

Gunshot wound victims may prove an opportunity for hospitals

The United States lives to some degree under the specter of the gun, and by extension so do its medical providers. It is a sobering fact but also one that could mean an opportunity for hospitals....

New Census Bureau data may play into future healthcare finance projections

An obscure federal measure of productivity and growth may have a growing consequence for healthcare delivery and the financial success of the Affordable Care Act, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Length of patient stay tied to likelihood of infection

The longer patients stay in the hospital, the more likely they are to contract a pathogen that is resistant to multi-drug treatment, according to a new study from researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Molina Healthcare's new centralized procurement operation saves time, money

Accounts payable and the cloud may hold the secret to providing quality healthcare. In a Fierce exclusive, Bryce Berg of Molina Healthcare talks about how the organization's in-house centralized procurement operation keeps administrative costs down while expanding staff and membership.

Hospitals add 7,100 jobs in August

Although U.S. hospitals struggled as of late to add jobs, the sector had a mini breakout during the month of August, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

CA hospitals have huge tab for treating gunfire victims

California is the most populous state in the nation, and as a result, its hospitals bear a significant bill for gun-related injuries.

Illinois fines hospitals $16.3M for excess readmissions

Hospitals already face federal financial penalties for readmission of discharged patients. But some states tack on even more fines

Hospitals in LA, TX suffer from failure to expand Medicaid

Hospitals in Texas and Louisiana--two states that failed to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act--struggle with the continued fallout from that decision.

Rise in MA healthcare spending driven by state's largest insurer, hospital chain

Spending by the largest health plan and hospital operator in Massachusetts helped drive the Bay State's overall healthcare costs well above the rate of general inflation last year, the Boston Globe reported.

State AGs say purchase of medical practices drives up prices

The much contested St. Luke's Health System-Saltzer Medical Group acquisition--often considered to be a local matter confined to mostly rural Idaho--actually has national implications, according to amicus briefs filed by 16 state attorneys general.

CMS to put off new RAC contracts for another year

Those companies waiting to bid for a recovery audit contractor pact from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will have to wait. A ruling by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has likely pushed the bidding process back by as much as a year,

Could medical marijuana be a money-saver for healthcare?

Should the U.S. healthcare system go to pot in order to save money?

New gov't report predicts healthcare cost escalation

Healthcare spending will likely make up 19.3 percent--nearly a fifth--of the U.S. economy by 2023, despite a temporary recent lull in steep growth, according to the latest government report. This is up from 17.2 percent in 2012.

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.

Why do we still attach poor people's estates to recoup Medicaid costs?

Our country has always had problems helping the poor without some sort of gimmick or catch. Listen to the sermon and find God, mop the soup kitchen floor after dinner is served, etc. It all plays...

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.