Recent deals will boost credit ratings for large statewide systems, but will squeeze smaller, independent hospitals.
The American College of Emergency Physicians takes insurers to task for lack of insurance coverage for emergency care.
This year, the fundraising effort helped hospitals by prompting charitable donations via shopping, radiothon, and email blast.
Regulators claim the deal presents "substantial risk" of higher healthcare costs, lower quality, and reduced access to care.
Trainees reported more satisfaction with patient safety and continuity of care, but their wellbeing took a hit, according to FIRST Trial analysis.
Patients receiving palliative care report improved quality of life and symptom burden and higher satisfaction with their healthcare, a data meta-analysis shows. For caregivers, the evidence of improvement is mixed.
The financial terms offered are marginally less attractive than its 2014 settlement pact for disputed claims.
For-profit chain will use $425 million from Rockwood Health System deal to pare down its $15B debt burden.
Policyholders have higher approval of their plans in most areas—but there is plenty of room for improvement, two industry reports show.
Hospitals can lower the risk of M. chimaera outbreaks by keeping heater-cooler devices out of the clinical area.