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  • 7 trends in employer health benefits

    According to the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, employer-sponsored insurance covers about 149 million nonelderly people in the United States. An annual Employer Health Benefits Survey analyzing the trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including health benefit offer rates, eligibility and participation, the cost of coverage, employer opinions and more, reveals how participation and cost of employer health benefits have changed in 2014. 
  • The rise of employer-based insurance exchanges: 5 things to know

    Rising costs of health benefits and increased regulatory demands are causing many employers to turn to private insurance exchanges to provide health insurance coverage to their employees.  
  • Moody's affirms St. John Health System's 'A2' rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "A2" rating on Tulsa, Okla.-based St. John Health System's outstanding debt.  
  • Brooklyn Hospital Center affiliates with Mount Sinai

    The Brooklyn (N.Y.) Hospital Center has become a clinical affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and an academic affiliate of The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  
  • 5 keys to ACO excellence

    To date, experience has shown that ACOs need tools to succeed, including comprehensive EHR systems, a method to identify patients who need specialized care, data to help providers manage patient care, networks that support the delivery of care and educational strategies for workforce development.  
  • 10 Mayo Clinic innovations you probably don't know about

    A snapshot of just a few of the innovations in Mayo's history  
  • Advocate, NorthShore merger to create 16-hospital system

    Downers Grove-based Advocate Health Care and Evanston-based NorthShore University Health System have unveiled plans to combine and create a 16-hospital system, the largest in Illinois.  
  • Is this the end for hospital charity care?

    With subsidized health plans available and Medicaid expanding in 26 states, some hospitals are scaling back their charity care programs.  
  • Crozer-Keystone Health nurses to strike

    Crozer-Keystone Health System's organized nurses gave hospital officials notice they will start a two-day strike Sept. 21, according to a Delaware County Daily Times report. 
  • Which "Honor Roll" hospitals have the best patient reviews?

    U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of "Best Hospitals" is determined by variety of criteria. The 17 hospitals that comprise the "Honor Roll" of the 2014-2015 list of Best Hospitals have the highest scores in at least six specialties out of all 5,000 medical centers evaluated. While the rankings suggest Honor Roll hospitals offer the best medical services and patient outcomes, they present varying levels of patient satisfaction. 
  • House passes 'keep your plan' bill

    In a 247-167 vote, the House has passed The Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2014, which would let people keep their insurance plans, even if they are not compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a report from The Hill.  
  • 5 recent hospital rating and outlook changes, affirmations

    The following hospital and health system rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place during the past week, starting with the most recent.  
  • CMS provides details on offer to clear Medicare claims backlog: 10 things to know

    CMS held a conference call on Sept. 9 to provide more details on its previously announced offer to pay hospitals 68 percent of the net payable amount for short-term inpatient stays, in an effort to help clear the backlog of Medicare appeals.  
  • 5 things to know about prescription drug spending growth

    Prescription drug spending growth is projected to accelerate to 6.8 percent this year, according to a recent report from CMS' Office of the Actuary published in Health Affairs.  
  • Moody's: Cleveland Clinic will issue first century bond in nonprofit healthcare

    Cleveland Clinic Health System will become one of the few systems in the U.S. municipal market, and the only nonprofit health system, to issue century bonds, according to Moody's Investors Service.  
  • Aetna, Weill Cornell Physicians form ACO in New York

    Health insurer Aetna and New York-based Weill Cornell Physicians have entered into an accountable care agreement aimed at improving health outcomes for roughly 9,000 of Aetna's commercial and Medicare members in New York.  
  • Sylvania Franciscan, CHI reach merger agreement

    Sylvania Franciscan Health in Toldeo, Ohio, and Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives have reached a definitive merger agreement.  
  • Ochsner Health to purchase River Parishes Hospital, end inpatient services

    River Parishes Hospital in LaPlace, La., has agreed to join New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System.  
  • Bill introduced to standardize hospital merger reviews

    Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) has introduced legislation that would require the Federal Trade Commission to follow the same procedure as the Department of Justice when reviewing hospital and health system mergers and acquisitions.  
  • 25 cities least impacted by physician shortages

    An aging population and an increased number of people accessing healthcare through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are just a few of the factors contributing to a nation-wide physician shortage. By 2025, the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that the United States could be facing a shortage of more than 130,000 physicians.