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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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 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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