The economy is still too soft to change the negative outlook for not-for-profit healthcare providers in the United States in 2012, and that outlook may stay negative "for at least the next several years," says a report from Moody's Investors Service. >>>
Merger and acquisition activity in rehabilitation facilities, laboratories, and managed care contributed to an 11% increase in the dollar value of healthcare M&A deals in 2011. The $227.4 billion in deals makes 2011 the fourth-largest M&A year in the last decade, defying media reports suggesting that interest in healthcare M&A in declining. >>>
Many independent physicians are throwing up their hands about their ability to remain so in an environment that appears to actively discourage it. But while autonomy appears to be the tougher road, it may eventually be the more rewarding one. >>>
Early elective deliveries via Cesareans and inductions are the standard of care rather than an exception at some hospitals. The rates, risks, and attendant costs, a Leapfrog Group report suggests, are unacceptably high. >>>
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