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Why the feds block some hospital marriages—and bless others

Why the feds block some hospital marriages—and bless others

By Kristen Schorsch  |  August 23, 2017

It's been five months since federal antitrust regulators threw cold water on the marriage of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Will Presence Health and Ascension, respectively the largest Catholic hospital systems in Illinois and in the U.S., succumb to the same fate?

Cleveland Clinic linked to potential hospital in China

Cleveland Clinic linked to potential hospital in China

By Lydia Coutré  |  August 23, 2017

Cleveland Clinic has signed a management consulting agreement with an unnamed organization planning to open a hospital in Shanghai. It's the first agreement in the clinic's global affiliation program.

Does MACRA leave small physician practices behind?

Does MACRA leave small physician practices behind?

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 23, 2017

A CMS proposal to let as many as 934,000 providers pass on participating in MACRA may prevent small practices from receiving rewards for improving quality of care and discourage them from working under value-based arrangements.

CMS seeks to appease docs with ACO tweak

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 23, 2017

The CMS is seeking to address a long-standing provider complaint about ACOs by providing them more certainty on which patients they'll be evaluated on.

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By Modern Healthcare  |  August 23, 2017

GlaxoSmithKline turns to Alibaba to hawk its HPV vaccine, a chatbot named Woebot could make you happier, and certain chord changes in songs spell popularity.

VA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areas

By Associated Press  |  August 22, 2017

Rural areas are often bypassed under the agency's existing guidelines for awarding grants for veterans' homes, but Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin says that will change soon.

CliniComp sues to stop VA-Cerner contract

CliniComp sues to stop VA-Cerner contract

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 22, 2017

CliniComp, an EHR vendor that supplies software to the VA and Defense Department, says it might have been considered for the contract had the VA conducted open and competitive bidding.

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