Legal/Regulatory

hospital outpatient procedures
Will the Rise of Outpatient Clinics Lead to Fragmented Care?

As medical technology advances, physicians are able to shift more procedures from outpatient to inpatient settings. However, hospital procedure prices can be prohibitive for patients, leading to a rise in the popularity of independent outpatient clinics and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). These outpatient centers offer patients lower costs and shorter…

certificate of need
Top CONs of 2017

The Certificate of Need (CON) program is controversial in the healthcare industry. The program requires healthcare facilities to receive government approval before expanding, offering new services, purchasing medical equipment, and more. CONs were instituted in 1974 as a means of achieving multiple goals in the healthcare industry, including: adequate supply…

Opioid Prescriptions
Curbing an Epidemic: How Providers Impact Opioid Use

Opioid addiction was recently declared a national emergency after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who leads the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, likened the death toll to a “Sept. 11 every 3 weeks.” In 2015 alone, more than 52,000 Americans died of a drug overdose…

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No Prosecution in Over-Budget Aurora VA Hospital

No Prosecution in Over-Budget Aurora VA Hospital WKOW Channel 27 News reports that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) has declined to prosecute two Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) executives after lawmakers accused them of misleading Congress about massive cost overruns at the Aurora VA Hospital. The House Veterans Affairs…

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Reading Health to Change Name to Tower Health

Reading Health to Change Name to Tower Health Yahoo News and The Reading Eagle report Reading Health System plans to change the healthcare system’s name to Tower Health. The healthcare system announced May 30, 2017 of its acquisition of five PA hospitals from Community Health Systems in the signing of…

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Partners HealthCare Cutting $600M in Costs

The Boston Globe is reporting Partners HealthCare plans to cut $600 million in costs over a three year period to align with its initiative of greater efficiency. Partners’ touts over $12 billion in revenue annually, but lost $108 million in 2016 with struggling hospitals and its insurance division. The healthcare…

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State Approves New Harrison Hospital in Silverdale

State Approves New Harrison Hospital in Silverdale The Kitsap Sun report Harrison Medical Center received conditional approval from the Washington State Department of Health to build a $500 million expansion at its Silverdale hospital, consolidate services, and eventually close its Bremerton facility. Work has already begun on the construction of…

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Prime Could Take Over Struggling SCL Topeka Hospital

Prime Could Take Over Struggling SCL Topeka Hospital According to the Kansas City Business Journal, Prime Healthcare Foundation Inc. said it is ready to step in to keep St. Francis Health Center open in a letter to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. Prime Healthcare specializes in taking over troubled hospitals and…

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Quorum Health Corporation Has Completed Its Investigation

Quorum Health Corporation Has Completed Its Investigation Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE: QHC) has today announced that its Board of Directors, acting through three independent outside directors, has completed its investigation of certain matters related to the “spin-off” of the Company from Community Health Systems, Inc. in April 2016, which were…

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