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Hospital volumes laid low by high-deductible health plans

By Dave Barkholz  |  August 10, 2017

Patients avoiding elective surgeries and other procedures because of skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs were cited by hospital chains as a primary cause of softening hospital volumes in the second quarter.

Early 2018 marketplace rates vary widely across states

Early 2018 marketplace rates vary widely across states

By Shelby Livingston  |  August 10, 2017

Health insurers' early ACA rate filings for the most popular plans show wide variation in premium changes for 2018, ranging from a 49% increase to a decrease of 5%, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows.

This made-in-Chicago health app soon may go national

This made-in-Chicago health app soon may go national

By J. Duncan Moore Jr.  |  August 10, 2017

Kosinski, 65, a gastroenterologist with the 50-member Illinois Gastroenterology Group, spent five years developing Project Sonar, an app to track patient wellness. For the patients it has monitored, it has lowered annual disease-related hospital costs by 64 percent and lowered the overall cost of...

Texas doctor gets 35 years in prison for $375M medical fraud

By Associated Press  |  August 10, 2017

The 60-year-old Dallas-area doctor and six co-defendants defrauded Medicare and Medicaid out of almost $375 million by certifying 11,000 Medicare beneficiaries through home health providers. Their numbers would have made the doctor's Medicare practice the busiest in the country.

North Carolina leaders put more meat on Medicaid proposal

By Associated Press  |  August 09, 2017

North Carolina's model will control costs and improve health outcomes for the roughly 2 million people in the state who qualify for Medicaid, according to supporters. The state is expected to spend $3.7 billion this fiscal year on Medicaid.

Oregon Health Authority director resigns at Gov. request

By Associated Press  |  August 09, 2017

The Oregon Health Authority director resigned at the request of the Gov. Kate Brown after a communication plan became public detailing how the agency intended to damage the reputation of one of the state's coordinated care organizations.

Struggling Presence Health makes a move to survive

By Kristen Schorsch  |  August 09, 2017

Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, is selling two downstate hospitals to OSF HealthCare. The move comes as the 12-hospital system works to turn around its finances by shedding workers and naming new leadership.

News from other sources...

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 09, 2017

Allscripts' McKesson acquisition gives the EHR vendor a boost in its national footprint, Puerto Rican doctors leave the island for the continental U.S., and Andy Slavitt says Obamacare has "had no support for the last seven years."

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