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GME funding report raises concerns

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released earlier this week a sweeping report on how to fund graduate medical education at the hospital level and the reaction from the hospital community is mixed.

Post-ACA, "non-merger-mergers" pick up steam

"Strategic alliances" between hospitals are now more popular than mergers, California HealthLine reports.

NY labor disputes heat up

Clashes between New York hospitals and labor unions intensify, according to the Albany Business Review.

How sharing ministries steer members away from actual health insurance

"I hope they don't take anything away from us." Those were the words of a Baptist minister from Georgia named Daniel, uttered in my living room about five years ago as the Affordable...

For-profit hospital revenues, earnings soar

As millions of Americans are added to the rolls of insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the for-profit, publicly-traded hospital chains that care for them have gone on a roll of their own.

ACA fuels construction boom

Hospital construction has been in a boom mode for some years now, but the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is apparently prompting even smaller players to get into the action, Crain's Chicago Business reports.

Johns Hopkins gets help with $190M settlement

Johns Hopkins Hospital agreed to a massive $190 million payout to settle charges that a former physician secretly recorded pelvic exams of patients. However, the legendary provider will not make the payment solely on its own, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Hospital purchases of medical groups catch regulators' eyes

When hospitals purchase specialty physician practices they tend to raise the prices for care rendered--a move that has caught the eye of federal regulators, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

NJ hospital gainsharing initiative saves $113 million

A quality and cost initiative spearheaded by the New Jersey Hospital Association saved a dozen hospitals in the Garden State about $113 million over three years.

Medical marijuana: Hospitals at a crossroads

Medical marijuana and medical facilities have yet to voluntarily join forces, and if they do, it will be an uneasy alliance at best.

Hospitals get victory on orphan drug buys through 340B program

Hospitals will continue to use the 340B program to purchase so-called "orphan drugs" at a deep discount even if they are not being used for their specific purpose, AHA News Now reports.

Fitch: Hospitals in Medicaid expansion-resistant states feel pinch

Hospitals in the two dozen states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act are beginning to feel the financial fallout of that decision, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings.

Are NYC hospitals getting more than their share of Medicaid funds?

Downstate New York hospitals will receive the majority of $8 billion in extra Medicaid funding approved to help the state reduce preventable admissions, a trade group leader told Albany Business Review.

Healthcare spending paradox: National spending down, consumer costs on the rise

Despite a nationwide slowdown on healthcare spendinga new study by healthcare economics consulting firm Dobson DaVanzo shows that consumers now spend more on healthcare through higher out-of-pocket expenses and premium costs.

Better hospital breakrooms can improve efficiency

Want to increase staff efficiency--and potentially cut costs? A newer, better breakroom may be just the thing.

NH hospitals join forces to cut costs

Four rural hospitals in New Hampshire have joined forces to try and reduce costs while increasing efficiency, New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

How a critical access hospital aims to compete with big-city providers

A hospital in rural Iowa is partnering with a Des Moines surgeon to compete with its urban counterparts, according to the Des Moines Register.

Potential pitfalls during a hospital or health system merger

Mergers and acquisitions are an inevitable part of hospital operations and healthcare delivery for the foreseeable future, but executives need to keep a cautious eye on potential pitfalls that can occur while pulling a merger offer, according to J.D. Supra Business Advisor.

To buy or lease equipment? Depends on the hospital

To buy or lease? That's often a fork in the road for consumers when it comes to purchasing a home or automobile, but the same applies to hospital management as well.