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  1. CMS: Payments for Medicare home health agencies to change in 2015

    CMS has announced the Medicare home health prospective payment system will see several changes in 2015, and the changes are aimed at improving efficiency, flexibility, payment accuracy and quality.  
  2. Everett Clinic to make prices for popular services available to the public

    The Everett (Wash.) Clinic has announced it is taking a bold step in transparency by posting prices for all of its most frequently used services online, starting Nov. 1.  
  3. Highmark Medicare plan that excludes UPMC validated by court

    A judge has ruled Pittsburgh-based health insurer Highmark's Community Blue health plan, which considers most Pittsburgh-based UPMC hospitals and physicians out-of-network, does not violate the consent decrees Highmark and UPMC signed last summer, according to a TribLIVE report.  

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  1. Cigna's revenues increased 9% in Q3

    Health insurer Cigna's posted consolidated revenues of $8.8 billion in the third quarter, which is a 9 percent increase over the third quarter of last year.  
  2. Tampa General Hospital reports $48.9M operating surplus for 2014

    Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital's operating revenue increased 5.9 percent to $1.08 billion during its fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30.  
  3. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of Oct. 27-31

    Cleveland Clinic breaking ground on an inpatient hospital, third quarter financial results, and hospital and health system rating changes and affirmations captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  
  4. 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.  
  1. Houston Methodist breaks ground on The Woodlands Hospital

    Construction has begun on Houston Methodist's newest facility, a 193-bed, 470,000 square-foot full service hospital located in The Woodlands, Texas, according to a report from The Potpourri.  
  2. Moody's affirms Shands Jacksonville Medical Center 'Baa3' rating

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "Baa3" rating assigned to Shands Jacksonville (Fla.) Medical Center's $123 million of outstanding debt and affirmed its stable outlook.  
  3. How the 2014 Governors' races could influence Medicaid expansion

    The race for Governor in Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine and Wisconsin could determine whether Medicaid is expanded in those states, according to a recent report from Avalere Health.  
  4. Driven by Sovaldi sales, Gilead's profits up 246% in Q3

    Foster City, Calif.-based Gilead Sciences, the maker of hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, has reported its revenues increased to $6.04 billion in the third quarter of this year, up from $2.78 billion posted in the third quarter of 2013.  
  1. WellPoint's operating revenue grows to $18.4B in Q3

    Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint posted $630.9 million in profit in the third quarter, which was down from the $656.2 million WellPoint posted for the same quarter in 2013.  
  2. Spencer Hospital cost management initiatives prove successful

    Spencer (Iowa) Hospital's 2014 fiscal year audit report revealed the hospital's cost management initiatives have achieved solid financial outcomes, according to a Spencer Daily Reporter article.  
  3. Moody's affirms 'MIG 2' rating on Maui Regional Health System's revenue bond anticipation notes

    Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the "MIG 2" rating assigned Maui (Hawaii) Regional Health System's revenue bond anticipation notes, which mature February 2015.  
  4. Moody's assigns 'Aa2' rating to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "Aa2" rating to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's $300 million of series 2014T taxable fixed rate and affirmed the "Aa2" rating on the medical center's series 2014S bonds.  
  5. Moody's revises Albert Einstein Healthcare Network outlook to negative

    Moody's Investors Service has revised the outlook assigned to Philadelphia-based Albert Einstein Healthcare Network to negative from stable. The network's "Baa2" bond rating has been affirmed.  
  6. Here's how hospitals throw away $15 million each year

    Major U.S. hospitals collectively throw away at least $15 million in unused operating room surgical supplies, according to researchers from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine. 
  7. Judge approves sale of Crittenden Regional Hospital's assets

    After filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in September, the Crittenden Hospital Association has received approval from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Audrey Evans to hire an auctioneer to sell some of its $27.75 million in assets, according to an Arkansas Business report.  
  8. Aetna, Sam's Club to launch private health insurance exchange

    Sam's Club has  announced it will join the ranks of retailers who offer a private health insurance exchange for its members, according to a Washington Post report.  
  9. Cleveland Clinic breaks ground on inpatient hospital

    Cleveland Clinic has broken ground on  a five-story, 221,500-square foot inpatient hospital in Avon, Ohio, according to a Crain's Cleveland Business report.