Today's Top 20 Health Finance StoriesRSS
  1. Will bundled payments hurt healthcare innovation?

    Bundled payment models —which involve a set price intended to cover each element of clinical care or support for a specific procedure or condition — could prove an effective way for the care providers to contain costs while improving quality. However, some healthcare industry stakeholders have raised concerns about a possible downside to bundling payments: stifling innovation. 
  2. Fitch affirms Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System's 'AA-' rating

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed the "AA-" rating assigned to  approximately $1.4 billion in revenue bonds issued on behalf of Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System in Denver by the Colorado Health Facilities Authority, the Kansas Development Finance Authority, and the Montana Facility Finance Authority and affirmed the system’s stable outlook.  
  3. Moody's to review Good Shepherd Medical Center 'Ba3' rating

    Moody's Investors Service has placed the "Ba3" rating assigned to approximately $94 million of Longview, Texas-based Good Shepherd Medical Center's debt on review for downgrade.  
  1. Fitch assigns 'A' rating to Northeast Georgia Health System's bonds

    Fitch Ratings has assigned an "A" rating to approximately $135.5 million of series 2014B and series 2014C variable rate revenue bonds, which are expected to be issued on behalf of Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville.  
  2. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of Oct. 20-24

    The financial impact of current healthcare industry trends, hospital and health system capital projects and the increase in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program enrollment, captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  
  3. 7 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.  
  4. Hospital for-profit conversion doesn't mean lower quality, study finds

    Converting to for-profit status didn't hurt quality of care or prompt avoidance of low-income patients at hundreds of hospitals that made the change from 2003 to 2010, according to a JAMA study. 
  1. S&P: Ebola adds healthcare costs but won't lead to rating actions for now

    Standard & Poor's Ratings Services recognizes Ebola preparedness will result in additional financial expense for many healthcare providers, but it does not anticipate any rating actions due to Ebola-related expenses in the near future.  
  2. Texas Health Presbyterian's revenue drops 26% after Ebola case

    Patient volumes and revenue have dropped at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas in October, after the hospital treated Thomas Eric Duncan — the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States — who died at the hospital on Oct. 8, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.  
  3. Moody's assigns 'A3' rating to Anne Arundel Health System's bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "A3" rating to $127.9 million of Annapolis, Md.-based Anne Arundel Health System's series 2014 bonds.  
  4. Central DuPage Hospital proposes $14.2M plan to update pediatrics unit

    Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., is hoping to spend $14.2 million to update its pediatrics and neonatal intensive care units, according to a Daily Herald report.  
  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.  
  4. 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.  
  5. 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.   
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.  
  8. 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.  
  9. 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.