Today's Top 20 Health Finance Articles
  • Hospitals could get boost from rising Medicare Advantage use

    Increasing Medicare Advantage spending could be a bright spot for hospitals' finances. 
  • HCA now operates 186 hospitals, nearly 50k beds

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare is now operating 186 hospitals and 49,588 total licensed beds, up three hospitals and 279 beds from the third quarter, 2023, according to its financial report released Jan. 30. 
  • $3M gift saves Minnesota hospital's dialysis program

    Winona (Minn.) Health received a $3 million gift from anonymous donors that will keep its dialysis program up and running, The Star Tribune reported Jan. 29.
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  • Essentia, Mayo looking to close Minnesota hospital labor and delivery units

    Essentia Health-Fosston (Minn.) and Mayo Clinic Health System's New Prague, Minn., site are facing closure of their labor and delivery units amid ongoing cuts and closures to obstetrics services. 
  • An 'unusual wrinkle' in hospitals' make-or-break year: Fitch

    Venture capital firm General Catalyst's pending acquisition of Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health adds an "unusual wrinkle" to what Fitch Ratings has called a "make-or-break" year for nonprofit hospitals, the ratings agency said in a Jan. 31 report shared with Becker's.  
  • Florida system gets $2M to build cardiac OR

    St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Bayfront Health received a $2 million donation to help build a cardiac hybrid operating room, Catalyst reported Jan. 30.
  • HCA earnings boost hospital stocks

    Hospital stocks are up after Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare posted a $5.2 billion profit Jan. 30, The Wall Street Journal reported. 
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  • Hospitals will slowly warm to REH program: MercyOne hospital president

    The challenging economics of providing care in rural communities contribute to gaps in access, according to a Jan. 25 report published by the American Hospital Association. Rural communities, by nature, have fewer people and do not generate the healthcare utilization to finance the full spectrum of healthcare services.
  • Hospital profitability growth varies widely by region

    Hospital profitability was up nationally last year as operating margins increased 16% year over year. But not every region experienced the same success, according to data from the Jan. 30 Kaufman Hall "National Hospital Flash Report."
  • Ensemble joins Epic's Rev Cycle Partners program

    Ensemble Health Partners is joining Epic's new Rev Cycle Partners program, which is designed to help healthcare organizations optimize their use of Epic to improve revenue cycle outcomes. 
  • CVS shuttering 25 MinuteClinics in Los Angeles

    CVS Health will close 25 of its MinuteClinic locations across Los Angeles by Feb. 25 to ensure patient and consumer demands align with its healthcare delivery strategy.
  • Safety-net systems need internal reforms and outside lifelines, hospital leaders argue

    Safety-net hospitals, or anchor institutions, must reform themselves in addition to any outside aid received from business leaders and government, the presidents and CEOs of Henry Ford Health and America's Essential Hospitals argue in a piece published by Harvard Business Review. 
  • How does US health spending compare to other high-income countries?

    The U.S. spends far more on healthcare than other high-income nations, relative to the size of its economy, according to a Jan. 23 analysis published by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare.
  • UHS hospital to lay off less than 3% of staff

    Washington, D.C.-based George Washington University Hospital, part of King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services, is laying off "less than 3%" of its employees due to the restructuring in an effort to reduce cost and increase operational efficiency.
  • HCA targeting $5B+ in capital spending in 2024

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare is expecting its capital spending will be between $5.1 billion and $5.3 billion in 2024, excluding acquisitions. 
  • Hospitals see expense relief

    Nonprofit hospital expenses dropped from November to December and had low single digit growth year over year, according to Kaufman Hall's "National Hospital Flash Report," released Jan. 30.
  • Mayo Clinic to unload overseas hospital investment

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is entering into a $150 million buyout deal with Abu Dhabi Health Services Co., postbulletin.com reported Jan. 30. 
  • New CMS website explains value-based care to public

    CMS has launched a new website designed to explain value-based care to the public and providers. 
  • 59% of Nebraska critical access hospitals are running deficits

    As rural hospitals continue to take financial hits, 59% of critical access hospitals in Nebraska are losing money on operations, according to a Nebraska Hospital Association fourth-quarter report shared with Becker's. 
  • LCMC teams up with payment platform

    New Orleans-based LCMC Health is partnering with healthcare payment platform Cedar with the goal of improving the post-visit billing experience for patients. 

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