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The Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program, which aims to test payments to rural facilities under a “reasonable cost-based methodology” for Medicare inpatient services, has 17 returning and 13 new participants as part of a five-year extension of the program.

A California judge ruled Sacramento-based Sutter Health “intentionally destroyed” 192 boxes of documents which were sought in an antitrust lawsuit against the not-for-profit health system.

Shareholders of the Advisory Board Company signed off on the $1.3 billion sale of its healthcare division to UnitedHealth Group’s Optum health services segment.

Policymakers may think elderly Americans should be satisfied with their Medicare coverage, but, according to new research from the Commonwealth Fund, they come in last place when compared to senior healthcare in 10 other countries.

Price growth in healthcare was at a 1.1 percent annual rate as of Sept. 2017 compared to the year prior, according to the Altarum Institute, coming close to the all-time low of 0.9 percent annual growth seen in Dec. 2015.

 

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IPC Healthcare’s EBITDA decreases in 3rd quarter

IPC Healthcare’s revenue for the third quarter of 2015 increased 8.9 percent to $184.8 million, although its adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) decreased 20.6 percent to $14.3 million compared with the same period last year.

Revenue, operating income increase for athenahealth in 3rd quarter

For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, athenahealth’s revenue increased 24 percent to $236.1 million compared with the same quarter in 2014, while its non-GAAP adjusted operating income increased from $18.5 million to $25.4 million during the same time period.

It's a rocky road to data analytics implementation

Early analytics adopters are reaping the rewards but other providers are struggling with implementation, according to a study conducted by HIMSS Analytics and data analytics firm Qlik.

 
Critical access hospital closures on the rise

Critical access hospitals aren’t faring well in the current healthcare environment with a rising rate of closures.

 
Workers paying dearly for doctor wait times, other ambulatory ‘opportunity costs’

Time is money, and patients seeking ambulatory care waste too much of both. In fact, they spend more on “opportunity costs”—an average of $43 per visit—than on out-of-pocket payments for the ambulatory visit itself.

GE Healthcare isn’t for sale and won’t be, says top brass

When GE Capital sold its entire Healthcare Financial Services (HFS) business to Capital One for close to $9 billion, including $8.5 billion in outstanding loans, some wondered whether GE was looking to get out of healthcare altogether. 

Recession took a bite from Medicare spending, but not primary reason for slowdown

From 2009 to 2012, Medicare spending grew at an annual rate of 1.1 percent, a decline from the previous five years when Medicare spending increased at an average annual rate of 5.1 percent. Researchers from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management found 14 percent of the share of the decline in spending growth was due to lingering effects of the U.S. economic recession that lasted from December 2007 to June 2009.

Compensation structure for docs in ACOs similar to non-ACO physicians

Primary care physicians working in accountable care organizations (ACOs) received around half of their compensation from salary, according to an analysis of a physician practice survey administered in 2012 and 2013. Only 3.4 percent of their compensation was based on the quality of care they delivered.

CMS expands bundled payment initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service is ramping up its Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative with the addition of hundreds of providers.

Rumor confirmed: GE sells its healthcare-lending biz to Capital One for $9B

Hospitals, retirement homes and makers of medical devices are among the healthcare organizations and businesses that may now consider calling Capital One, long known primarily as a credit-card company, when they want to borrow big bucks.

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