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Consumer convenience holds key to future market share

Convenience, rather than name recognition, may be the key to how organizations attract patients to healthcare services in the future, according to MedCity News

Hospital stocks rise in response to King v. Burwell oral arguments

If there is anxiety over how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in King v. Burwell, it appears that there are few concerns about how the decision will impact the hospital sector. The stocks of publicly traded hospital systems rose significantly after Wednesday's oral arguments, according to MarketWatch.

Verdict still out on Medicare bundled payments

Do the bundled payment programs that are the hallmark of finance reform in the Medicare program actually work?

Privatized public hospitals in Louisiana remain short on cash

Despite Louisiana officials going through great lengths to privatize its public hospital system, those facilities apparently need more than $100 million to continue operations.

3 ways to sell your hospital on sustainability

Despite popular perceptions that sustainability measures will financially drain hospitals and health systems, they can drive savings when organizations take certain steps, according to a new report from the University of Pennsylvania.

California hospital boosts operating margins with hospitalist partnership

In an era of cutbacks and bad financial news for hospitals, one provider has increased its operating margins from negative in 2011 to more than 6 percent in 2013, according to a new case study.

ACA regulations for nonprofits could have unintended consequences

Affordable Care Act regulations for not-for-profit hospitals may have problematic side effects and affect the amount providers spend on new services, argues a blog post from Health Affairs.

Texas nurse who contracted Ebola sues hospital chain

Nina Pham contracted Ebola during the care she provided to Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas last year, and is now suing the parent company for the damaged she suffered. 

HCA subject of whistleblower suit

A former employee Hospital Corporation of America, Inc., the large publicly-traded hospital operator, accused the organization of engaging in unnecessary surgeries in a whistleblower lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Even in non-Medicaid expansion states, safety-net hospitals fare relatively well

An improving economy is one reason that the finances of safety-net hospitals have fared better than expected over the last year, Kaiser Health News reported.

ACA helps fatten for-profit hospitals' bottom lines

The Affordable Care Act--and hospital-based programs intended to enroll patients in newly available health insurance plans--have been a boon to bottom lines of publicly traded hospital chains, Forbes reported.

Healthcare spending makes sector a good investment

The healthcare industry is banking on continued growth in the coming years, and so apparently are investors.

What caused the CRE outbreak? The bottom line

It's been well over a century since Ignaz Semmelweis and Joseph Lister discovered that the vast majority of hospital-acquired infections were preventable. So why, after nearly unimaginable leaps...

States that put workers' comp hospital fees on schedule reduce costs

North Carolina made a significant move to cut down on workers' compensation costs and it has paid off in lower hospital outpatient costs, according to a new study by the Workers' Compensation Research Institute.

SGR fix not likely in near-term

Providers should once again expect lawmakers to approve the time-honored patch to the Sustainable Growth Rate formula to ensure physicians don't endure a huge cut in Medicare reimbursement, according to MedPage Today. 

Massachusetts hospitals that charge more get more revenue

Academic medical centers and other hospitals that charge higher prices for their services received the lion's share of payments for providing care to patients in Massachusetts in 2012 and 2013, according to a new study published by the Center for Health Information and Analysis.

Daughters of Charity sues union for Prime deal interference

Prime Healthcare Services has yet to decide whether to purchase six hospitals from the Daughters of Charity healthcare system for $843 million. But Daughters of Charity has not hesitated to sue one of the deal's biggest critics.

ACO chief: Controlling 'super-utilizers' one of the keys to success

Using data analytics to identify "super-utilizers" within a healthcare system is one of the key ways for an accountable care organization to control costs.m accordinf to Sheila Fusé, CEO of Primary Partners, LLC.

3 recommendations for HHS payment reform

As part of its shift from fee-for-service to the value-based payment model, the Department of Health and Human Services should focus on bundled payments, cancer treatment and improving the accountable care organization model. argues a new opinion piece by healthcare economist Ezekiel Emanuel and colleagues for the Center for American Progress.

RAC appeals overburden hospitals

The Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program's investigations into potential overpayments overtaxes hospitals, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.