Today's Top 20 Health Finance Articles
  • Hospitals see no respite from cost pressures

    Hospitals and health systems are at a crossroads of increasing demand for higher acuity care and deepening financial instability, caused by rising costs due to ongoing workforce shortages, severe fractures in the drugs and supplies supply chain and high levels of inflation, according to a May 2 report published by the American Hospital Association. 
  • Physician productivity up 4% as revenue, expenses rise

    Expenses per provider remained considerably higher than revenue generated in the first quarter of 2024, although there are signs the gap could be closing, according to the Kaufman Hall "Physician Flash Report," released May 2.
  • Fitch boosts Nicklaus Children's rating

    Miami-based Nicklaus Children's Hospital's credit rating was upgraded to "AA-" from A+ by Fitch. 
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  • How HCA, Tenet, CHS and UHS performed in Q1

    Four of the largest for-profit hospital operators reported mixed financial results in the first quarter of 2024; three systems reported increases in first-quarter net income while one system posted a net loss for the third consecutive first quarter: 
  • Proposed commercial reimbursement cap would 'devastatingly weaken' Beebe, CEO says

    A proposal making its way through the Delaware legislature would "devastatingly weaken" Lewes, Del.-based Beebe Healthcare and other community hospitals, its CEO David Tam, MD, said in an op-ed posted on the health system's website. 
  • 8 hospitals, health systems with credit rating downgrades

    Multiple hospitals and health systems have suffered downgrades to their financial ratings this year amid rising expenses, ongoing operating losses and challenging work environments.
  • Private Equity Is Not The Problem In Health Care, It’s Just The Scapegoat For Misaligned Incentives

    The number of headlines and scientific journal articles attacking private equity as a central reason for many of the issues facing U.S. health care delivery appears to grow by the day.
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  • Bon Secours Mercy Health outsourcing hospice, home health agencies

    Ten home health agencies and 11 hospice operations previously led by Cincinnati-based Bon Secours Mercy Health will now be managed by Compassus, a provider of home-based healthcare services. 
  • Rising labor costs eat into hospitals' Q1 profits

    Hospital financials, on average, worsened in the first quarter, despite a relatively strong start to the year, as operating margins, volume and revenue declined, according to Kaufman Hall's latest "National Hospital Flash Report." 
  • Georgia system reopens hospital to inpatient services

    Piedmont Augusta (Ga.) is reopening the emergency department and inpatient services at its Summerville campus after converting the location into an outpatient campus over a year ago.
  • 'A crisis of your creating': UnitedHealth CEO grilled by Congress on cyberattack

    UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty expressed that he was "deeply deeply sorry" about the impact that the late February cyberattack against Change Healthcare has had on patients and providers during May 1 congressional hearings.
  • Novant Health plans cancer-focused hospital

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health is looking to build a 26-bed, cancer-focused hospital.  
  • Health systems vs. payers and the consolidation debate

    The largest health systems, on average, have far less market share than the top three payers in each state, despite concerns from policymakers and the public, according to a report published May 1 by the Association of American Colleges Research and Action Institute. 
  • Piedmont aims to expand after Wellstar closure

    Piedmont Atlanta Hospital plans to add 130 beds and hire more than 300 employees to address increased capacity pressures in the wake of Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center's 2022 closure, according to a certificate of need application filed April 1. 
  • CVS reports $1.1B income in Q1, cuts earnings guidance

    CVS Health cut its earnings guidance for 2024 based on rising medical costs. 
  • Tenet adds 45 ASCs, sells 9 hospitals in Q1

    In the first quarter, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare sold nine hospitals while its outpatient business United Surgical International Partners acquired 45 ambulatory surgery centers and added 32 service lines. 
  • 4 things to know about Ascension's new CFO

    St. Louis-based Ascension named Saurabh Tripathi executive vice president and CFO on April 29 to succeed Liz Foshage, who is retiring in September.
  • 7 RCM headlines to know from April

    From updates on the Change Healthcare cyberattack to Tower Health outsourcing its revenue cycle operations, here are seven RCM headlines to know from April: 
  • JPS Health to pay fired CFO $900K in severance

    Fort Worth, Texas-based JPS Health Network agreed to pay former CFO Sharon Clark more than $900,000 in severance after firing her in October, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported April 29. 
  • 15 million Americans still have medical bills on their credit reports

    Despite changes from the three nationwide credit reporting companies, 15 million Americans still have medical bills on their credit reports, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

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