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Reports: Ascension and Providence St. Joseph in talks to merge

Reports: Ascension and Providence St. Joseph in talks to merge

Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks to merge and create the nation’s largest hospital chain, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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Doubts Rise About Sen. Collins’ Strategy To Shore Up Insurance Market

Doubts Rise About Sen. Collins’ Strategy To Shore Up Insurance Market

Even if the Republican from Maine can get her party to go along, her suggestions to bolster the individual insurance market may be too little, too late.

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Public health expert submits dog for spots on medical journal editorial boards

Public health expert submits dog for spots on medical journal editorial boards

Mike Daube taught his Staffordshire terrier, Ollie, an impressive trick—he taught her to sit … on the editorial boards of medical journals.

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Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care combined would be one of the biggest regional health systems

Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care combined would be one of the biggest regional health systems

Health systems like Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care follow a regional path in their merger agreement.

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Guest Commentary: Patient-centered care models moving the needle on cost and quality

Guest Commentary: Patient-centered care models moving the needle on cost and quality

Accountable care organizations and patient-centered models are effectively moving the needle on cost and quality away from traditional fee-for-service medicine and are worthy of expansion—even as they experience growing pains.

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CHIP funding still hangs in the balance

CHIP funding still hangs in the balance

Lawmakers bought themselves a couple of more weeks to hammer out a spending bill, but long-term funding for CHIP and community health centers remains in question.

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The consumer is wielding greater power, but hospitals aren’t ready, CEOs say

The consumer is wielding greater power, but hospitals aren’t ready, CEOs say

Executives look to create a culture that views the patient or member as a consumer by establishing new training programs and setting new standards for employees, according to results of the Modern Healthcare Power Panel.

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FCC to vote on net neutrality

FCC to vote on net neutrality

With the FCC on the verge of repealing net neutrality rules, there’s considerable uncertainty about how the change will affect the healthcare industry, with telemedicine, particularly for rural hospitals, up in the air.

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Calif. Blues exec Markovich named chairman of Blues association

Calif. Blues exec Markovich named chairman of Blues association

Paul Markovich has been elected chairman of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, a federation of 36 independent Blues companies.

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CVS-Aetna and Optum-DaVita deals take aim at costly hospital care

CVS-Aetna and Optum-DaVita deals take aim at costly hospital care

As healthcare spending grows and customers demand more convenient care, insurance companies are teaming up with nontraditional partners to keep patients out of hospitals and emergency rooms. Hospitals will have to evolve to stay afloat.

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