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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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What are Medscape’s top 10 places to practice medicine—and why are the choices controversial?

According to criteria set by Medscape, the WebMD-owned resource for healthcare professionals, the worst state in which to practice medicine is New York.

Model Medicare/Medicaid coordination program losing lots of money in Massachusetts

Two years ago Massachusetts launched a pilot program to provide better care for its poorest and sickest while simultaneously curbing costs. So far the results on the latter aim have been dismal.

Hologic’s revenues, earnings increase in 3rd quarter

For the third fiscal quarter, Hologic's revenue increased 12.2 percent on a constant currency basis and its earnings per share increased 150 percent compared with the same period a year earlier. Hologic’s shares increased 11 percent in the hours following the July 29 announcement and were up 60 percent since last July.

And then there were three? The Anthem-Cigna handshake has happened

After months of on again/off again talks, Anthem has agreed to buy Cigna in a $48.4 billion deal. 

Aetna-Humana merger: Will 3 health insurance giants soon dominate from coast to coast?

The July 3 merger announcement by Aetna and Humana, two of the country’s five largest health insurers, unsurprisingly drew blanket coverage across the media over the holiday weekend. Three questions have so far dominated the discussion: Will the $37 billion deal survive antitrust review? Will Anthem and Cigna’s rekindled talks produce the same result? And what will all this mean for healthcare consumers? 

Healthcare fraud unit recovers more than $27 billion

Since the program was created in 1997, the program has recovered more than $27.8 million from people trying to defraud health programs.

Affordable Care Act creates “economic chaos” for hospitals and providers

Nathan Kaufman: Too many hospital and health system executives are trying to protect their existing sources of revenue instead of adapting to a changing landscape.

AHA executive calls SGR system “terribly flawed” and proposes new payment system

If Congress does not act in the coming weeks, physician payments for treating Medicare patients will decrease by 21 percent on April 1.

Health system CFOs emphasize value-based care

With reimbursement more closely tied to quality of care and value-based care, chief financial officers are focusing on recovering working capital and finding new sources of revenue, according to a new survey of more than 150 health system CFOs.

Cancer care in U.S. is less cost-effective than in Western Europe

The cost-effectiveness of cancer care in the U.S. is less than in Western Europe, according to a new study.

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