Top 5 healthcare finance stories in January

Hospital closures and Medicare underpayments were among the healthcare finance topics that piqued the interest of readers in January.

Below are the five most popular finance stories published by Becker's Hospital Review in January.

1. A recession is coming: What it could mean for healthcare
More than half of 147 CFOs surveyed by Deloitte believe the U.S. will be in a recession by the end of 2020. What would a recession mean for healthcare?

2. Pennsylvania hospital closure will result in 505 layoffs
Harrisburg, Pa.-based UPMC Pinnacle will close its hospital in Lancaster, Pa., March 1, and lay off the hospital's 505 employees.

3. AHA: Medicare underpaid hospitals by $53.9B in 2017
Medicare underpaid hospitals by $53.9 billion in 2017, and Medicaid underpaid hospitals by $22.9 billion, according to the latest data from the American Hospital Association's Annual Survey of Hospitals.

4. Ohio hospital faces closure after losing Medicare certification
Dayton, Ohio-based Medical Center at Elizabeth Place lost its Medicare and Medicaid certification Jan. 18, resulting in a funding lapse that could cause the medical center to close its doors.

5. 3 hospitals close in Kansas, Tennessee
Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems closed two Tennessee hospitals Dec. 28, and St. Louis-based Mercy shut down a hospital in Kansas Dec. 31.

More articles on healthcare finance:

HCA more than doubles profit in Q4
Maine hospital files for bankruptcy
Vermont hospital backtracks on questionable bills

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