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Providers represented by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) expect more of their business to come from risk-based products in 2019, with government revenues moving from Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) towards Medicare Advantage and shared risk accounting for a greater share of revenue in commercial settings.

Millennial patients know less about their health benefits, are less likely to pay their medical bills in full and often don’t save for medical expenses, according to a survey published by TransUnion Healthcare.

St. Louis-based Ascension Health and Renton, Washington-based Providence St. Joseph Health are discussing a merger, according to the Wall Street Journal, which would create a massive nonprofit health system of 191 hospitals in 27 states.

More than a year after first announcing they were negotiating a merger, Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have a definitive agreement to create a massive nonprofit health system based out of Chicago with more than $28 billion in combined revenue.

CMS reported national health spending grew at a slower rate in 2016, increasing by 4.3 percent with slower growth across almost all spending categories, including private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and retail prescription drug spending.

 

Recent Headlines

FTC official hints at increased policing of healthcare mergers

Writing in Health Affairs, Martin Gaynor, director of the Bureau of Economics of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in Washington, D.C., observed that given new findings on the impact of healthcare mergers on prices, it is important for the FTC to work with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other government agencies to maintain “antitrust enforcement and consumer protection in healthcare markets.”

Irving Levin finds decline in healthcare merger and acquisition activity

Contradicting other analysts’ findings, as well as popular expectations, Irving Levin Associates of Norwalk, Connecticut, has concluded that merger and acquisition activity in the healthcare sector was actually down last year.

Moody’s downgrades Indiana’s Good Samaritan Hospital and places Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System under review

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the bond rating of Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana, to Baa1 from A3 on $82.1 million of outstanding debt, and it is considering also downgrading the Detroit-area’s Henry Ford Health System’s $831 million of debt. It currently has an A2 rating.

Winter hits first combined CHS-HMA financials

With 65 percent of Community Health Systems’ (CHS’s) entire portfolio of hospitals severely impacted by the severe winter weather seen in the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast states, its first financials since its blockbuster merger with Health Management Associates (HMA) was completed was below its previous expectations and pushed its stock price down.

Baptist Health settles false claims allegations for $2.5 million

Florida-based Baptist Health System Inc. has agreed to pay the government $2.5 million to settle allegations that its subsidiaries violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to federal health care programs for medically unnecessary services and drugs.

Workers confidence poll offers another positive sign for healthcare sector

Although healthcare employment growth has remained small due to the impact of reductions in government spending and increased regulatory burdens, the sector may be turning around. Along with increased popularity in hospital stocks by investors, a Harris Poll conducted on behalf of staffing firm Randstad Healthcare finds U.S. healthcare workers' confidence levels rebounded in the first quarter of 2014, rising 2.9 points to 58.0.

Healthcare spending spiked in first quarter

The U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) found that healthcare spending surged at a 9.9 percent annual rate in the first quarter largely driven by the expansion of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Enthusiasm for hospital stocks tempered by HCA earnings

Hospital operator HCA Holdings, Inc., of Nashville, Tennessee, did not see a major effect from the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate in its first quarter financials and missed revenue expectations by $70 million.

LifePoint Hospitals’ first quarter revenue exceeds $1 billion

The first quarter earnings from the Brentwood, Tennessee-based rural hospital operator LifePoint exceeded previous earning estimates by $70 million and set its stock surging, as well as the stocks of other hospital operators.

Moody’s predicts drop in revenue for not-for-profit hospitals

Preliminary analysis by Moody’s Investor Services of fiscal year 2013 audited financial statements for not-for-profit hospitals indicates that, as expected, revenue increases did not keep pace with increases in expenses even as hospitals focused on cost containment.

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