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HRSA asks drug manufacturers to refund 340B overcharges

The Health Resources and Services Administration had decided that orphan drugs--often pricey medications used to treat rare diseases--should be provided in some instances to hospitals that participate in the 340B program at its permitted discount, according to AHA News Now.

Ebola preparation is costly for hospitals

As hospitals scramble to properly prepare for any further outbreaks of the Ebola virus in the United States, they are bumping up against the inevitable barrier: cost. Hospitals are finding that merely preparing for the narrow possibility of treating an Ebola patient can cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Social impact bonds can finance public health initiatives

Public health initiatives are being more widely financed with private investors, Kaiser Health News has reported. "Pay for success" or "social impact bonds" originated in the United Kingdom, although they are getting some purchase in the United States.

HHS pledges $840 million for care improvement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is pledging $840 million over the next four years to fund initiatives that would improve the quality of healthcare delivery while lowering its costs.

Direct hospital contracting in Maine dramatically cuts costs

Direct contracting by employer groups of hospital services may be a way to dramatically reduce costs.

Use of reference pricing is likely to grow

Reference pricing--a cap on what payers would cover for certain medical procedures--is slowly gaining traction in the healthcare sector, Kaiser Health News reports.

Hospitals that switch to for-profit status do not harm patient care

When not-for-profit hospitals switch to for-profit status, their finances may improve but the quality of care they deliver remains about the same, concludes a new study from Harvard researchers.

Texas Health Presbyterian financial losses become clearer

Following published reports suggesting that Texas Health Presbyterian, the Dallas hospital that accidentally allowed two of its nurses to be infected with the Ebola virus from a patient, had taken a financial hit as a result, Bloomberg has quantified the loss: a 20 percent-plus drop in its revenue and patient census.

Ebola in US could have shed light on hospital medical errors--but it hasn't

The Ebola virus' history in the United States has been quite limited: One overseas and two domestic infections in total, far fewer than the number of people in the country who will die today...

VHA division serves hospitals in Midwest looking to cut costs

The VHA has created Mid-American Service Solutions, which is focused on Midwestern acute care facilities and has about 120 in its purchasing group altogether, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

GOP senators warn ACA will increase budget woes

Will the Affordable Care Act actually add to the deficit in the coming years? Congressional Republicans, according to a recent Forbes op-ed piece, are now asserting the ACA will add $131 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, negating promises made by President Barack Obama.

Two health system CEOs will share top spot after merger

A shared office of the chief executive officer is the key to a smooth merger between two of New Jersey's leading hospital systems, NJ Biz has reported.

Medicaid, CHIP enrollment up by nearly 9 million

Medicaid enrollment has surged between October 2013 and the end of this August, rising by nearly 9 million overall. That has boosted total enrollment in the Medicaid program by 14.7 percent.

Hospitals can now indemnify against Ebola outbreak

Hospitals now can purchase insurance to indemnify themselves from any issues surrounding the Ebola virus, according to Healthcare Dive.

Texas Health Presbyterian takes financial hit for Ebola screw-ups

The confirmation that two nurses were infected with the Ebola virus has had a devastating short-term effect on the bottom line of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

14 organizations lead the price transparency charge

As the number of price transparency initiatives and organizations continues to pick up steam, George Washington University has created a list of the 14 most influential organizations in that realm.

Healthcare spending still moderate in August

Although healthcare hiring is heating up, spending trends in the sector continue to pursue a moderate path, according to data from Altarum Health's Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

Medicaid expansion will continue to boom

Although the open enrollment period for the first year of the Affordable Care Act ended months ago, enrollment in the Medicaid program is expected to record large increases again in the coming months.

Overtreatment linked to intolerance of uncertainty, defensive medicine

Overtreatment of patients may be linked to intolerance of medical uncertainty and errors and defensive medicine, according to a new study in the journal BMJ.

Hospitals may soon have a Howard Beale moment from patients over charges

The most memorable scene in the iconic film "Network" is when Howard Beale, the deeply troubled news anchorman, exhorts viewers to shout "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to...