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  1. Moody's affirms Mercy Health Services' 'Baa2' bond rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "Baa2" rating assigned to Mercy Health Services' approximately $237 million of revenue bonds issued through Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. More investors looking at medical properties

    With today's economic climate and ever-changing healthcare industry, more investors are buying and developing senior housing, medical office buildings and other healthcare-related properties, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Opinions: Tennessee would be able to opt out of alternative Medicaid expansion plan

    About a month after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) proposed his Insure Tennessee alternative Medicaid expansion plan, the Tennessee attorney general and the head of the federal health department have agreed that Tennessee may opt out of the plan in the future without facing a penalty, according to The Tennessean.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Poll: Majority of the public favors subsidies for people in all states

    A recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that a majority of the public favors congressional action if the Supreme Court decides subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are only available to people in states with state-run marketplaces.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. CFO Richard Imbimbo: Financial and team leader at St. Joseph Medical Center

    Richard Imbimbo has served as CFO of Towson, Md.-based St. Joseph Medical Center since 2011.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Health coverage sign-ups under PPACA hit 9.5M

    As of mid-January, roughly 9.5 million Americans have either chosen a health plan or were automatically reenrolled in one through the federal or a state insurance marketplace, according to HHS.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. 20 major health systems, payers pledge to convert 75% of business to value-based arrangements by 2020

    A group of the top U.S. health systems, payers and stakeholders announced Wednesday the formation of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a private-sector alliance aimed at accelerating the healthcare industry's transformation to value-based care.  By Emily Rappleye -
  1. Fitch upgrades Hannibal Regional Healthcare System's outlook to positive

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed the "BBB+" rating assigned to approximately $13.9 million of series 2006 revenue bonds issued on behalf of Hannibal (Mo.) Regional Healthcare System and upgraded the system's outlook to positive from stable.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Fitch affirms University Health System's bond rating

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed the "BBB+" rating assigned to $208.2 million in series 2007 revenue bonds issued on behalf of University Health System, a teaching facility in Knoxville, Tenn.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. OIG responds to AHA criticism, defends hospital compliance reviews

    HHS' Office of the Inspector General has responded to criticism it received concerning the department's hospital compliance reviews.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Billions being spent in redundant federal programs

    Billions of dollars are being spent by the Department of Health and Human Services on three new federal programs that are essentially redundant, according to The Fiscal Times.  By Kelly Gooch -
  1. Fitch upgrades rating on Deaconess Health System's bonds to 'AA-'

    Fitch Ratings has upgraded the rating on $67 million of series 2013A fixed rate revenue bonds, $17.6 million of series 2011A fixed rate revenue bonds and $43.9 million of series 2009A fixed rate revenue bonds issued on behalf of Evansville, Ind.-based Deaconess Health System to "AA-" from "A+."  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Americans rank healthcare, low wages as top financial problems

    The cost of healthcare and low wages ranked as the most important financial problems facing American families in 2015, each indicated by 14 percent of U.S. adults in a Gallup survey. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. Indiana to expand Medicaid

    Indiana has become the 28th state — plus Washington, D.C. — to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, extending coverage to an estimated 350,000 Hoosiers, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. CBO slashes PPACA price tag by 20%

    The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation have significantly lowered their estimates concerning the cost of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's insurance coverage provisions.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Plans for Medicare payment overhaul receive mixed reviews

    HHS announced ambitious goals for the healthcare industry Monday, stating it wants 50 percent of Medicare payments based on how well patients are cared for by 2018, which was the first time in the history of the Medicare program such explicit goals have been set for alternative payment models.  By Ayla Ellison and Kelly Gooch -
  6. Swedish Health Services CFO Dan Harris discusses CFO challenges in 2015

    Since being named CFO of Seattle-based Swedish Health Services in 2012 after Swedish finalized its affiliation with Providence Health & Services based in Renton, Wash., Dan Harris has led the organization through a financial turnaround and prepared the system to succeed in the shifting healthcare environment.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. $150M expansion planned for Batson Children's Hospital

    A $150 million expansion featuring additional operating rooms, an imaging center, clinics and a revamped neonatal intensive care unit is planned for Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, Miss., according to a report from The Clarion-Ledger.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. San Francisco's first standalone children's hospital to open Sunday

    Three UC San Francisco hospitals are slated to open Sunday as part of a $1.5 billion medical center at Mission Bay, according to The San Francisco Examiner.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Sacred Heart plans to build new $125M children's hospital

    Pensacola, Fla.-based Sacred Heart Health System plans to build a new standalone children's hospital, according to a Pensacola News Journal report.  By Kelly Gooch -