Monday, May 15, 2017

Transformation Hub: Confusing hospital bills driving growth in bad debt

David Silverstein’s frustrations trying to understand the hospital charges for his daughter’s sports injuries drove him to consider going to court.  READ MORE

Trump administration seeks to end enrollment for small companies

The Trump administration on Monday proposed to allow small businesses to sign up for insurance coverage directly through an agent or broker rather than, citing their low enrollment in the federal marketplace.  READ MORE

Inova’s insurance JV exits Va. exchange as earnings rebound

Inova Health’s joint-venture health plan with Aetna is exiting the Virginia exchange marketplace in 2018 to stem losses that are dampening an otherwise strong earnings rebound at the system’s five hospitals.  READ MORE

Ascension’s cost managment efforts boost its financial performance

Catholic giant Ascension used tough operational discipline and better process standardization to boost its operating margin for the first nine months of its fiscal year.  READ MORE

Consolidation spurs drug price spikes

The major players in both the distribution market and the PBM sector dominate their markets. And as the firms grew, prices for prescription drugs swelled, the JAMA article found.  READ MORE

Life after Pfizer: A decade later, Michigan pharmaceutical companies have found paths to growth

Ten years later, the pharmaceutical industry in Michigan has more than rebounded from Pfizer Corp.’s shutdown of its Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo research operations.  READ MORE

U.S. Supreme Court upholds arbitration agreements for nursing homes

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Kindred Healthcare could enforce a binding arbitration agreement with the families of two former residents of its nursing homes.  READ MORE

Modern Healthcare’s Audience Insights Matter panel

Have thoughts about Modern Healthcare and our product offerings? Join our newly launched Audience Insights Matter (AIM) panel – a virtual way for our readers to regularly share their thoughts on a variety of topics to help us continue to improve.  READ MORE

Join healthcare leaders in working to solve the opioid epidemic

Join healthcare leaders as they explore solutions to combat the opioid epidemic. Register now for Modern Healthcare’s Issue Briefing, May 17 in Philadelphia.  READ MORE

Don’t miss an opportunity to network with top women leaders in healthcare

Two days of education & networking with the top women leaders in healthcare. Register now for Modern Healthcare’s Women Leaders in Healthcare, July 19-20 in Nashville.  READ MORE
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The Healing Heart of Health Care

This year’s National Hospital Week theme, “The Healing Heart of Healthcare,” recognizes the core of what a hospital does: taking care of people, one patient at a time.  READ MORE

Part 2: Optimization of Specialty Drug Costs Under the Medical Benefit

How an improvement in Medical Drug management controls can achieve a 6 to 12 percent savings within specialty drug spend.  READ MORE