Fast cash handy for those hospital fixer-upper projects

Hospitals getting to long-overdue tower replacement projects and other capital needs are finding attractive interest rates on borrowings in the bond markets. Even systems with dinged finances or poor patient mixes are completing $1 billion bond offerings.  READ MORE

Trump administration lets consumers skip

The Trump administration took another step Wednesday toward deregulating federal insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. The new policy will allow consumers to skip entirely to sign up for coverage in 2018.  READ MORE

Not-for-profits saw expenses overshadow revenue in 2016

Not-for-profit hospitals faced financial pressure last year as they saw expenses rise from drug and labor costs but revenue dipped due to shrinking reimbursement, according to a new report.  READ MORE

Pa. hospital to merge with Geisinger Health System

Geisinger Health System will acquire its first critical access hospital, a 25-bed facility in Pennsylvania.  READ MORE

Proposed NIH budget cuts jeopardize U.S. pipeline of young scientists

Congressional leaders and healthcare experts decried President Donald Trump’s plan to slash the National Institutes of Health’s budget Wednesday, saying it would prevent the organization from recruiting and retaining young scientists.  READ MORE

Lack of transparency leads to high prescription drug costs

Increasing competition, reforming outdated laws, improving data infrastructure and letting market forces work are key to lowering drug costs, according to a new paper.  READ MORE

AHCA could raise premiums for millions with pre-existing conditions

Up to 6.3 million people could end up paying substantially higher premiums if a bill similar to the House’s Obamacare replacement becomes law, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  READ MORE

New York’s single-payer healthcare plan passes in state Assembly

New York’s state Assembly passed a single-payer healthcare bill Tuesday that would provide universal coverage statewide. However, the bill faces a difficult path through the Republican-controlled state Senate, and economists have conflicting views on how it would affect spending and taxation.  READ MORE

Heath systems explore solutions for behavioral health issues

Registration is now open for our Issue Briefing event in Nashville taking place August 25. Industry leaders from Tennessee’s top health centers will discuss their challenges in improving care.  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

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