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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.

Jackson Health comes under fire for charity care policies

Florida's biggest safety-net hospital puts low-income patients through a bureaucratic ringer in order for them to apply and obtain charity care, Kaiser Health News and the Miami Herald reported.

CMS offers to settle disputed short-term hospital claims

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will end the long wrangling with hospitals over short-term inpatient stays.

Hospital M&As decline in the second quarter

Mergers and acquisitions in the hospital sector tumbled during the second quarter of this year, according to a new report from PwC.

California mulls ending some Medicaid estate recoupments

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) could make California one of the first states in the nation that would preemptively block collections from the estates of deceased patients who receive ordinary Medicaid benefits, Kaiser Health News reported

5 steps for hospitals considering affiliation

Affiliation is not something providers should rush into, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Here are five steps boards must consider before signing a deal. 

5 concerns that should keep hospital CFOs up at night

Chief financial officers of hospitals, health plans and other ventures in the health sector should not only keep their eyes on the bottom line, but also five other areas that have financial implications under the Affordable Care Act, Forbes reports.

Atlanta hospital tries pegging costs to actual activities

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has entered a new frontier in healthcare finance: equating a hospital's labor costs to the actual steps required to treat a patient.

Economy, not ACA, caused healthcare spending slowdown

The recent slowdown in healthcare spending is likely due to economic factors rather than the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study in Health Affairs.

Rural hospitals struggle to keep doors open

Declining inpatient volume, falling reimbursement rates and failure to bring in enough revenue make rural hospitals the most vulnerable to closure, which is evident after the most recent string of closure announcements.

What the Chinese healthcare system could learn from ours

It seems China is beating us on every front. They've got some 7,000 miles of high-speed rail tracks, while we have managed to manufacture at least that many arguments against building a...

A primer on how for-profit hospitals operate

In New Jersey, where for-profit hospital operators are rapidly transforming healthcare delivery, the Bergen County Record has compiled an action list of how they operate in order to maximize their bottom lines.

American Hospital Association calls for end to OIG audits

The American Hospital Association called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to cease what it calls "flawed and redundant" audits by its Office of the Inspector General in a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.