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For U.S. community health centers, the recent announcement of $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding was welcome news. But the five-year period of mandatory ACA funding expires next September, meaning CHCs face a reduction of up to 70 percent in grant funding. more
A program that combines a mobile app, analytics and direct intervention is showing promise in reducing the costs associated with hospitals' most... more
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will sponsor the advanced development of a next-generation portable ventilator to help fill the need... more
Rather than waiting for innovation, one health system is looking to nurture its own clinical and technology advances, tapping into Amazon alums and a... more
For those that are struggling -- and even those that aren't -- a new exit strategy idea is being floated: launching a Medicare Advantage plan. more
California's lingering backlog of Medi-Cal applications has left hundreds of thousands of people unable to access the healthcare they are... more
In a scenario playing out in rural areas across the country, a financially-strapped critical access hospital's closure leaves a North Carolina... more
New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Premier, Inc., concludes that the inappropriate use of antibiotics in U.S.... more
Hospitals across the country are investing in clinical tools and personnel to solve the long-standing, increasingly expensive problem of readmissions... more
The value-based model of healthcare is gradually transitioning from the pilot phase to implementation, as health insurers and providers strive to... more
About a quarter of the 243 groups of hospitals and doctors that banded together as accountable care organizations under the Affordable Care Act saved... more
Predictive analytics uses a variety of statistical techniques that analyze current and historical facts in order to make predictions about the future... more
In the past, many healthcare executives could get by with functional skills in their area of expertise, but with the pace and scope of change in the... more
The current hospital-based system of graduate medical education does not meet the needs of modern healthcare delivery or the training of the future... more
Energy costs eat up a chunk of a hospital's budget. Demand response may help shrink those costs. more
Our weekly look at career moves in the healthcare finance sector. This issue highlights promotions, hires and fires for the week ending September 12... more
The Midwest's first proton beam cancer therapy center is closing its doors amid ongoing efficacy questions and financial struggles. This and... more
CMS health expenditure growth projections are not supported by cost indicator data from the Census Bureau. more
Weill Cornell Physicians, Cornell University's physician group, has inked a new accountable care agreement with Aetna, intended to enhance care... more
In the first part of our conversation with Money Atwal, who is both CFO and CIO at Hilo Medical Center in Hilo, Hawaii, he told us about how he and... more
As regional payers and providers take the first steps to begin working together in the era healthcare reform, one area they can start with is the... more
Solar power is not new to Kaiser Permanente, but the California-based health system is planning to ramp up its usage. more
US not-for-profit children's hospitals are likely to remain financially stable in the next year or two although changes on the horizon,... more
The currents of health reform and consumerization are getting more treacherous for incumbent hospital businesses, according to a new report by... more
Healthcare has had a reputation for being one of the strongest industries for generating new jobs. But recent changes in reimbursements and a shift... more
The administrative costs of U.S. hospitals far outstrip those of international hospitals and current pay-for-performance models are likely to boost... more
The human resources department may not be the first department in a health system that comes to mind in the transition to value-based care, but it is... more
Our weekly look at career moves in the healthcare finance sector. This issue highlights promotions, hires and fires for the week ending September 5,... more
Accountable care organizations are captivating because they contain elements of care delivery that most experts agree should improve healthcare:... more
As summer wound down, the country's employment situation remained mostly unchanged, with the most job gains occurring in healthcare and... more
National health spending is not looking so dire - at least compared to older trends, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in it... more
Amid a massive backlog of hospital inpatient claims appeals at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid... more
A new analysis of hospital readmissions allows state Medicaid medical directors to better understand the nature and prevalence of hospital use in the... more
The 340B program is critical for hospitals and other providers that serve some of our country's poorest and most vulnerable patients. When... more
With an annual rate of 11,000 fatalities from falls in U.S. hospitals, falls are a persistent concern for healthcare facilities. They raise issues of... more
A Mississippi health system and three hospitals in Texas, Indiana and Alabama are illustrating how hospitals can thrive in a tough economic... more
Healthcare organizations of all sizes continue to struggle with rapidly evolving models of population health-oriented reimbursement, according to a... more
For-profit healthcare entities that haven't incorporated the changes to the MACR into their planning may want to schedule a meeting with their... more
Nonprofit hospitals posted their second straight year of revenue declines in 2013 and their dismal rate of revenue growth broke records, according to... more
In its June report to Congress, MedPAC made recommendations that would change the way post-acute care providers are reimbursed. Reviews from... more
The drought in California has everyone concerned that food prices will skyrocket, but so far, the impact of the severe weather has been low for most... more
Healthcare organizations are creating mountains of data and to tap that data's full potential, they need data analysts. more
It wasn't all that long ago that most surgeries, and many medical and diagnostic procedures, required patients to plan for an inpatient hospital... more
Our weekly look at career moves in the healthcare finance sector. This issue highlights promotions, hires and fires for the week ending August 22,... more
An agreement reached this past spring between the California Hospital Association and the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West has been deemed a... more
U.S. employers plan to continue offering health insurance plans to their employees, even in the face of rising healthcare costs and the availability... more
With greater focus on outpatient care and, where possible, cost cutting, many facilities now are doing more than "paying lip service" to... more
The likelihood that healthcare organizations will take a financial hit as they transform from fee-for-service to value-based businesses is sure to... more
A newly released scorecard by the AARP Policy Institute, with support from The SCAN Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund, ranks states on how well... more
Attitudes toward healthcare financing have been fairly conservative ever since the general economy collapsed with the stock market in 2008, but... more
As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those... more

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