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Mercy Readies Tornado-Tough $450M Joplin Hospital

John Commins

Two years after an EF5 tornado flattened Joplin, MO and gutted St. John's Regional Medical Center, the new Mercy Hospital Joplin is built to stand strong against natural disasters with a host of upgrades. Storm-hardened windows will be the facility's centerpiece. >>>


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Bond Ratings Pressure Smaller Hospitals as NFP Sector Falters

While five of six not-for-profit hospitals that saw their bond rating downgraded in the first quarter of 2013 had less than $500 million in revenues, the outlook is grim across the board. "It's negative for the whole industry," says an executive at Moody's Investor Service. >>>

IPPS Proposed Rule Adds Readmission Measures, HAC Timeline

CMS's proposed rule for Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for acute care hospitals includes clarification on which patient stays qualify as legitimate hospitals admissions and exempts certain planned admissions from the readmissions penalty. >>>

Highmark's $1B Acquisition of West Penn Approved by PA

The deal by which the insurer Highmark will buy West Penn Alleghany Health System is described by Pennsylvania's insurance commissioner as the most complex and extensive in his agency's history. The new entity will be renamed Allegheny Health Network. >>>

Pension Plans Spell Trouble for Nonprofit Hospitals

Nonprofit hospitals are poised to take "an enormous hit" because low discount rates are making it difficult to fund defined benefit pension plans. The solution lies in shifting risk onto employees by swapping 401(k) plans for pension plans. >>>

FDA Probes Docs Over da Vinci Robot Problems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is counting on physicians to offer insights into complaints about the da Vinci robot, which is under scrutiny in lawsuits and medical board reviews as never before. >>>

If ACE Units Are So Great, Why Aren't They Everywhere?

Hospital units that focus on acute care of the elderly have been improving outcomes and lowering costs most everywhere they've been tried over the last 20 years. They 'pencil out,' especially in a setting of healthcare reform, but aren't widespread. What gives? >>>

Healthcare M&A Activity Dips

Healthcare merger and acquisition activity was down in both deal volume and deal value in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the last quarter of 2012, says a new report. >>>

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News Headlines

Boston victims face lifetime of medical bills

CNNMoney, May 1, 2013

Payment to ME hospitals slowed?

Portland Press Herald, May 1, 2013

Kansas City agrees to limits on possible sale of NKC hospital

The Kansas City Star, May 1, 2013

Scripps purchases former San Diego Hospice hospital

The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 1, 2013

Baptist Hospital Miami launches $90M expansion

The Miami Herald, May 1, 2013

Hospital ER remains a construction zone six months after Sandy

CBS New York, April 30, 2013

Carolinas HealthCare, Aetna collaborate on patient care

Charlotte Business Journal, April 30, 2013

Opinion: What tax-exempt hospitals owe their communities

Bloomberg, April 29, 2013

Bill would deregulate FL trauma centers

South Florida Business Journal, April 26, 2013

Patient grievances falling as Parkland works through problems

Dallas Business Journal, April 25, 2013

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