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  1. Medicaid not to blame for healthcare spending increase: 4 things to know

    An analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts found that healthcare spending consumed 31 percent of state and local government revenue in 2013, according to The New York Times. By Erin Marshall -
  2. Aetna's Q2 net income up 33%

    Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna saw net income soar in the second quarter to $731.8 million, a 33 percent increase from the same period last year.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Moody’s assigns 'A3' rating to to CareGroup’s bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "A3" rating to Boston-based CareGroup's proposed $214 million of 2015 H-1 bonds and $50.8 million of 2015 H-2 bonds. Moody's has also affirmed its "A3" rating on approximately $470 million of outstanding debt. By Erin Marshall -

Communications & effective population health management

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The move to population health management requires seamless communication between clinicians in different care settings to improve patient care and outcomes.
  1. Gov. Rick Scott orders examination of Florida hospital contracts

    Governor Rick Scott (R) has directed the Office of Medicaid Program Integrity to scrutinize the contracts at Florida hospitals as well as several insurance companies after they refused to comply with a request for information on their Medicaid contracts, according to Politico. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Wis. rejects $360M in federal funds in opposition of ACA

    Staunch opposition to the Affordable Care Act has led Wisconsin legislatures to pass up $360 million in federal funding provided under the health law, according to the Journal Sentinel. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Use an EOB-to-ERA conversion tool

    Don't underestimate the potential cost savings of electronic transactions. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Payer pressure represents biggest commercial challenge for pharmaceutical, medical device companies

    Almost half of biotech, pharma and medical device managers (47 percent) consider payer pressure and utilization limits to be the biggest impact on their commercial operations, according to a KPMG survey. By Carrie Pallardy -

Optimizing the OR for bundled payment

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  1. Tenet Q2 profits take $61 million hit, but per-share earnings top estimates

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare reported a net loss of $61 million, or 61 cents a share, for the second quarter after it was docked $136 million in after-tax impairments, restructuring charges, acquisition-related costs and litigation and investigation costs.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Your only realistic path for reducing revenue gaps

    In times of financial duress, cost cutting can be a viable mechanism for stopping the bleeding.  By Gary Auton, Senior Director, iVantage Advisory -
  3. 38 CHS hospitals spin off as new company: 7 things to know

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems shared plans Monday to spin off 38 hospitals and Quorum Health Resources into a separate company, a move intended to strengthen the CHS' focus on larger markets. By Molly Gamble -
  4. Private equity investment in healthcare: 15 healthcare investment niches — A review of key sectors for 2015

    Private equity investment in healthcare continues to grow considerably. This article provides thoughts, observations and insights on 15 investment niches. It also provides some initial thoughts on the market as a whole.  By By Scott Becker, Benjy Sachs, Geoff Cockrell and Bart Walker -
  1. The Puerto Rican healthcare crisis: 10 things to know

    The healthcare system in Puerto Rico is "headed for an all-out crisis," though the roots of the issue date back several decades, according to The New York Times.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Arizona hospital becomes 55th rural hospital to close since 2010

    Douglas, Ariz.-based Cochise Regional Hospital officially closed its doors on Friday after the federal government terminated its Medicare contract with the 25-bed hospital July 10, according to a Tucson New Now report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Georgia hospital files for bankruptcy

    Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Ga., has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy after struggling financially for many years.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Maryland hospital to close, be replaced with outpatient center

    Cheverly, Md.-based Dimensions Healthcare System has decided to close 106-bed Laurel (Md.) Regional Hospital and replace it with an ambulatory services center, according to a Washington Business Journal report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Moody's assigns 'A1' rating to Children's Hospital of Alabama bonds

    Moody's Investors Service has assigned an "A1" rating to Birmingham-based Children's Hospital of Alabama's proposed $155.1 million of series 2015 bonds and affirmed the "A1" rating on the series 2009 bonds. By Erin Marshall -
  6. Massachusetts program for poor, disabled suffers major financial loss: 8 things to know

    A pilot program designed to manage care for some of the poorest and sickest residents in Massachusetts has sustained deep financial losses since its launch in 2013, according to The Boston Globe.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of July 27-31

    Three of the five major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices increase last week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. RCM tip of the day: Add financial services to marketing strategy

    Patients are looking for consumer-friendly payment processes in healthcare. By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. CMS' final IPPS rule for 2016: 10 things to know

    CMS has issued its inpatient prospective payments systems final rule for fiscal year 2016, which calls for an increase in Medicare reimbursements to some hospitals in the next fiscal year.  By Ayla Ellison -

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