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UCHealth ER Partner Files for Bankruptcy Protection

On April 19, Lewisville, Texas-based Adeptus Health, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection in Dallas.  Adeptus, the nation’s largest freestanding emergency room operator, sought protection while it negotiates a financial restructuring plan with New York-based hedge fund Deerfield Management Co.   Joint venture contracts that Adeptus holds, including its partnership with UCHealth, are not […]

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SCL’s St. Francis Health May Have A Future

Late last week, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback received a letter from Ontario, Calif-based Prime Healthcare Foundation expressing an interesting in taking over the management of St. Francis Health in Topeka, Kansas.  Earlier in the month, the hospital received word from SCL Health that it would no longer be operating St. Francis Health as of July […]

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Express Scripts and Anthem to Part Ways

PBM, Express Scripts, announced earlier this week that its contract to provide pharmacy benefit management services to Anthem’s insureds will end at the close of the current contract, if not before.  A ten year contact was signed between the two parties in 2009 for Express Scripts to be the exclusive provider of PMB services for […]

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JAMA – VA Hospitals Score Higher than Non-VA on Patient Outcomes

JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) has published a letter comparing medical outcomes at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals compared with non-VA hospitals.  Results indicate that VA hospitals outperformed Non-VA hospitals on several quality measures including outcomes, readmission rates, and mortality data.  Where the VA facilities fell short was on patient experience and satisfaction […]

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Leapfrog Report on Hospital Safety Released

Washington D.C.-based The Leapfrog Group is out with its bi-annual ratings of hospital safety, the “Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Score”.   Leapfrog Group began its safety reporting scorecard in 2012.   The review analyzes hospital safety records from around the country and assigns a letter grade to more than 2,600 U.S. Hospitals.   The grade […]

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Dr. Mark A. Levine to Retire from CMS

Chief Medical Officer for Region VIII of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Dr. Mark Levine, has announced his plans to retire at the end of April.   For thirteen years, he has served Region VIII which includes the five states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.    As CMO, Dr. […]

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Final Market Stabilization Rule for ACA Markets

The Department of Health and Human Services issued it final rule for 2018 market stabilization for the Affordable Care Act’s federal and state exchange insurance markets.  Stabilizing individual markets is the key to the sustainability of the ACA.   The rule includes several changes that had been under consideration by the former administration including:  1. a […]

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Healthcare Organizations Lobby for Cost Sharing Reductions Funding

Seven major healthcare associations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have jointly sent letters to the President of the United State and Congressional Leaders expressing their universal appeal that the Congress and the President quickly act to stabilize the individual health insurance market by shoring up and funding the “Cost Sharing Reduction” program of the […]

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Affiliation Between SCL Health & St. Francis Health in Topeka to End Soon

SCL Health has announced that its affiliation with St. Francis Health in Topeka, Kansas will end this summer.   The hospital network sites losses over the last five years in the $117 million range. Over the last two years, SCL Health has been strategizing to find a solution to the facility’s financial problems that doesn’t close […]

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UnitedHealth Groups Profits Up in 1Q with Little ACA Presence

UnitedHealth Group has reported increased revenue and profit for the first quarter of 2017.  Following losses in 2015 and 2016 of over $1 billion on the ACA exchanges, the corporation’s pulled back from its 34 state exchange offerings to offerings in only three states this year played a role. First quarter operating earnings were up […]

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