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  1. TransUnion: Not just a credit bureau

    In a recent interview with Forbes, TransUnion's Senior VP Julie Springer speaks on TransUnion's rebranding effort for 2015.   By Staff -
  2. 15 cities where high-cost procedures cost the most

    Private payer spending on coronary stent placement, laparoscopic appendectomy and total hip replacement varies widely across the nation, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. However, two metro areas were among those with the highest spending for all three procedures.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Millions of households facing penalty for not having health insurance coverage

    As people get ready to file their 2014 federal tax return, the U.S. government estimates that up to six million households may have to pay a penalty because they did not have health insurance coverage last year, officials told The Wall Street Journal.  By Kelly Gooch -

5 Practices for Labor Cost & Care Quality 

Healthcare organizations are driving labor cost containment and quality of care initiatives by leveraging workforce data. Learn more about the top five workforce management best practices as identified by 124 senior leaders in a recent Health Leaders survey and understand how these strategies can help your organization achieve cost and quality improvements.
  1. Why Advocate joined the "75% by 2020" task force: Q&A with CMO Dr. Lee Sacks

    Advocate Health Care is already poised to reach the task force's goal — 75 percent of business from performance-based reimbursement — by the end of this year. By Molly Gamble -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -
  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 -
  5. 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 -
  6. 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 -
  7. 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, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. 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 -
  9. 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 -