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Financial turnaround: Most hospitals acquired by Steward Health now in the black

The Boston-based Steward Health Care System has been criticized for some of its aggressive acquisition practices, but nevertheless has demonstrated success with financial turnarounds.

Healthcare is home to America's highest-paying jobs

If Americans are looking for high-paying careers, healthcare appears to be the way to go. Six of the highest-paying careers in the United States are in healthcare, according to 

CFOs play critical role in getting hospitals back to business after disasters

Although it's rare, occasionally a hospital is destroyed or shut down by a natural disaster. The skills hospital chief financial officers bring to such a scenario can make a difference as to when a facility reopens, and how much it will cost, according to  Healthcare Finance News.

Healthcare costs in Massachusetts spiral upward

Healthcare costs in Massachusetts are beginning to spiral upward, according to a new report from the Center for Health Information and Analysis.

VA enrollment system has backlog of close to 900,000 healthcare applications

Although the Veterans Health Administration has a backlog of nearly 867,000 healthcare applications in pending status, 35 percent of the backlog contain applications for deceased veterans, according to a new report from the VHA's Office of Inspector General.

How hospital leaders can engage physicians in the transition to value-based care

As hospitals transition from a fee-for-service model to value-based care, physician engagement is crucial, Mary Lou Mastro, R.N., president and CEO of Elmhurst (Illinois) Memorial Healthcare, told Becker's Hospital Review.

Hospital group: Aetna-Humana merger would lessen Medicare Advantage competition

The American Hospital Association, which already has expressed its concerns about the pending merger between Anthem and Cigna, now has done the same for the Aetna-Humana merger.

Independence Blue Cross Foundation issues grants to improve primary care access

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation announced its commitment to $1.5 million in grants over the next three years to help various health centers improve patient access to primary care.

Can hefty sign-on, retention bonuses solve the nurse shortage?

​A looming nurse shortage has led hospitals across the country to offer nurses sign-on bonuses as high as $20,000 as incentives to join and stay at their organizations.

Massachusetts health costs rise almost 5%, report finds

Insurers operating in Massachusetts, a closely watched state for its plan to lower costs and provide healthcare for all residents, haven't successfully saved money yet--though they have boosted alternative payments to providers.