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  1. S&P revises Stamford Hospital outlook to negative

    S&P Rating Services has revised Stamford (Conn.) Hospital's outlook to negative and affirmed the hospital's "A-" long-term rating on series 2010 and 2012 revenue bonds issued by the Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority.  
  2. Will CVS' "tobacco payment" steer patients away from competing pharmacies?

    In a decision that is the first of its kind, CVS Health — the second-largest drugstore chain in the nation — is developing a tobacco-free prescription network that will require patients who fill their prescriptions at stores that sell tobacco products to pay an extra co-payment, according to The Washington Post.  
  3. How some companies are trying to escape penalties under the PPACA

    With the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act kicking in next year, many employers are attempting to find ways to cover their full-time employees, while keeping costs down, according to a Wall Street Journal report.  
  1. RAND: Insurance enrollment would drop 70% if PPACA subsidies were eliminated

    Eliminating tax subsidies available to low- and middle-income people under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would reduce enrollment on the individual market and increase premiums, according to a recent RAND study.  
  2. Federal Appropriations, FQHCs, and a Potential Funding Cliff: Today’s Congressional Waiting Game

    From 2000 to 2012, the number of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) increased by 64%, from 730 health centers serving almost 10 million patients to nearly 1,200 health centers serving over 21 million patients. Looking ahead to 2020, community health centers will likely see their patient population reach 35 million. Yet while demand is increasing, uncertainty remains regarding the specific breakdown of FY2015 Congressional appropriations and budget. Given the volatility of the upcoming fiscal year and post-ACA landscape, proactive planning and strategic grantseeking are becoming increasingly critical to the long-term success of community health centers.   
  3. Hospital ownership increases physician spending by 20%, study finds

    Hospital-owned physician practices spent up to 20 percent more per patient annually than physician-owned groups in California, according to a JAMA study. 
  4. Stamford Hospital to create Children's Institute with $20M donation

    Stamford (Conn.) Hospital plans to create an institute dedicated entirely to pediatric services using a recent $20 million donation from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, according to a Business Wire report.  
  1. Medicaid, CHIP enrollment increases significantly: 5 things to know

    Since October 2013, when open enrollment began on the insurance marketplaces, approximately 8.65 million people have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to a recent CMS report.  
  2. Moody's affirms Jackson-Madison County General Hospital's 'A1' rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "A1" rating assigned to $294 million of Jackson, Tenn.-based Jackson-MadisonGeneralHospital's outstanding debt.  
  3. Shriners Hospitals for Children to build $47M facility

    Shriners Hospitals for Children in Lexington, Ky., has announced it plans to build a $47 million ambulatory care center pursuant to an agreement with UK HealthCare in Lexington.  
  4. Moody's assigns 'Aa3' rating to WellSpan Health's bond, outlook stable

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "Aa3" rating to York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health's series 2014A revenue and refunding bonds issued by the General Authority of Southcentral Pennsylvania.  
  1. Moody's affirms Loma Linda UMC 'Baa3' rating, negative outlook

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "Baa3" rating assigned to Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center's $329 million of debt and maintained the hospital's negative outlook.  
  2. Gothenburg Memorial Hospital to undergo major expansion

    Increased demand and the desire to meet the healthcare needs of the community has driven Gothenburg (Neb.) Memorial Hospital to initiate a major, 50,000 square-foot expansion.  
  3. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of Oct. 13-17

    Rebounding from a tumultuous week in the stock market, three for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices increase, while two saw their prices drop last week.  
  4. Moody's upgrades St. Joseph's Healthcare System's rating to 'Baa3'

    Moody's Investors Service has upgraded Paterson, N.J.-based St. Joseph's Healthcare System's bond rating to "Baa3" from "Ba1."  
  5. How reducing healthcare spending affects economic growth: 4 things to know

    Real gross domestic product fell 2.9 percent at an annual rate during the first quarter of this year, according to a Bureau of Economic Analysis estimate released in June. 
  6. 5 disruptors that could cost the medical device industry $34B

    Medical device companies could miss out on $34 billion in potential revenue by 2020 because of disruptive change in the industry, according to a study by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. 
  7. Survey: Top 1% of patients account for 22% of costs

    In 2012, United States healthcare expenditures totaled $1.35 trillion, though medical care expenses are predominantly concentrated among a relatively small portion of individuals, according to a recent report by the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. 
  8. New hospital planned for Colorado Springs area

    Plans are in the works to build a 24-hour hospital in the Colorado Springs (Colo.) area, according to a report from The Gazette.  
  9. Moody's assigns 'Aa3' rating to Providence Health & Services' bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "Aa3" rating to Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health and Services’ $210 million of series 2014D fixed rate revenue bonds to be issued by the Washington Health Care Facilities Authority.