Hospital M&A declines in the second quarter

Mergers and acquisitions in the hospital sector tumbled during the second quarter of this year, according to a new report from PwC.read more

Fitch assigns ‘BBB+’ rating to Catholic Health Services of Long Island’s bonds

Fitch Ratings has assigned a “BBB+” rating to the series 2014B bonds issued on behalf of Rockville Centre, N.Y.-based Catholic Health Services of Long Island Obligated Group, which includes five of CHSLI’s six hospitals.

New Shut Down of the Open Payments System Underscores Site is Not Ready for Prime Time

Today’s announcement that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is once again shutting down the Open Payments System adds to the growing concerns that the site is simply not ready to go public.
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CMS announces first report on provider performance from a Qualified Entity

Niall Brennan, Acting Director, CMS Offices for Enterprise Management Data can play an integral role in helping consumers decide on everything from which car to drive to choosing a hotel. Indeed, data-driven decision support tools are available in almost every sector. Though many tools are available in health care, the sector as a whole has […]

Hospitals rethink charity care

As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those who could have signed up for coverage but didn’t.
The move is prompted by concerns that offering…

Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: <br>An Examination of Market and Policy Strategies

Consolidation between and among hospitals and physicians can lead to improvements in efficiency and quality of care, but it also tends to raise prices for health care services. As part of their Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers outlined eight strategies to promote greater competition on price and quality.

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