Geisinger tackles post-op pain management without opioids

Geisinger on Thursday announced the launch of a surgical redesign program aimed at expediting healing, improving pain management and reducing opioid use. more

11/16/2018

Partners, Harvard Pilgrim table merger talks

Massachusetts' dominant health system and one of its largest payers have put their merger talks on hold, after executives reportedly felt the deal was getting too complicated. more

11/16/2018

Interoperability now a possibility for most acute-care providers

CommonWell members and Carequality participants will now have an easier time exchanging patient data, an example of vendor-driven interoperability. more

11/16/2018

Medical supplier ditches Illinois insurance exchange following rate cut

Nearly a year ago, the private insurer in the state's overhauled Medicaid managed-care program slashed reimbursement rates to medical suppliers. Now a large provider is terminating its contract. more

11/16/2018

LifePoint finalizes merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners

LifePoint Health has finalized its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners. The rural hospital operator has been purchased by affiliates of the private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which owns RCCH. more

11/16/2018

Not-for-profit hospital industry may have peaked financially, Fitch Ratings says

As not-for-profit hospitals' profits slide, balance sheets are at an all-time high, according to Fitch Ratings. more

11/15/2018

NantHealth more than doubles net loss in third quarter

NantHealth's net loss more than doubled in the third quarter of 2018 as the company struggles to get reimbursed for genetic cancer tests. more

11/15/2018

CMS tells Congress federal law inhibits use of telehealth for seniors

Federal laws are preventing greater use of telehealth, according to a CMS report sent to Congress on Thursday. more

11/15/2018

Primary-care visits dropped 18% from 2012 to 2016

There has been a relatively steady decline in primary-care visits since 2009, although nurse practitioners and physician assistants are making up some ground, according to new research from the Health Care Cost Institute. more

11/15/2018

Could Illinois' ban on a medical instrument cleaner spark a public health crisis?

The chemical process used to sterilize most medical products was evaluated during committee hearings in Springfield, Ill., this week, due to cancer risks associated with ethylene oxide emissions. more

11/15/2018