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Rural health crisis: 30 hospitals in two states could close

​As many as 30 rural hospitals in Kentucky and Kansas are at risk of closing due to financial duress, Becker's  Hospital CFO  has reported.

Business group calls for market-based alternatives to ACA

The latest report from the Committee for Economic Development calls for sweeping changes to the Affordable Care Act's subsidies, exchanges and mandates--all in the name of providing more diverse insurance offerings to a broader segment of the population.

Nursing homes may replace hospitals as linchpin of senior care

Nursing homes may edge out hospitals as the primary healthcare option for elderly patients, according to the New York Times.

When mergers and acquisitions go wrong [Special Report]

In this special report,  FierceHealthFinance  takes a look at why some hospital merger and acquisitions don't work so healthcare leaders can avoid making the same mistakes.

How Main Line Health cut sepsis mortality rates by 55%

A Philadelphia hospital system's successes can serve as a blueprint for hospitals that aim to reduce the threat of sepsis, Hospitals & Health Networks reports.

Blue Cross Blue Shield to change how retirees purchase health insurance

Blue Cross Blue Shield companies (BCBS) are changing how they offer health insurance to retirees. BCBS will launch an insurance exchange this summer to support employers' efforts to shift retirees from group health benefits to individual coverage that begins Jan 1., 2016.

The rise and fall of Vermont's single-payer healthcare system

When  Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed legislation in 2011 to create a single-payer healthcare system for his state, the concept looked promising.  However,  Shumlin pulled the plug on the system three years later after realizing the difficulty of financing the endeavor. There are two major reasons why the system failed.

Hospital CFOs need more data on labor costs

​Hospital chief financial officers must focus on labor cost--both from staff and executives--and ask relevant questions in order to keep costs under control, according to an opinion piece in  Healthcare Finance News.

Puerto Rico struggles with low levels of fed provider reimbursement

The federal government pays providers in Puerto Rico a fraction of what their counterparts in the United States receive--about 70 percent lower for Medicaid providers, creating a fiscal crisis.

To repeal Affordable Care Act, lawmakers need to get insurers on board

If lawmakers want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, their main challenge is piquing the interests of health insurers who seem to have mastered the healthcare reform law.