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What hospitals must know about getting into the payer game

Amid an era of "merger-mania" among major U.S. health payers, many hospitals and health systems want to get into the payer business themselves to prevent the consolidations from having a negative impact on their local markets, according to Reuters.  

Pope Francis wants Catholic hospitals to increase care for poor

During his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis has urged operators of Catholic hospitals--which are among the biggest and most powerful of American healthcare providers--to increase their charity care for poor patients, USA Today has reported, and at least one Catholic healthcare system CEO, Ascension Health's Anthony Tersigni, is listening.

How Ascension achieves health equity and puts its words into action

Guest post by Patricia Maryland, president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer of Ascension Health, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in...

At antibiotic stewardship forum, White House lauds hospitals' superbug plans

The White House convened more than 150 stakeholders--including major healthcare providers, retailers, pharmaceutical companies, food companies and farmers--in a federal forum Tuesday to detail what they're doing to fight antibiotic resistance.

No one-size-fits-all strategy for readmission reduction

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Ann Hendrich, R.N., Ph.D., senior vice president of quality and safety and executive director patient safety organization at Ascension Health, the largest non-profit health system in the country and the world's largest Catholic health system, talks about the system's efforts to reduce readmissions by tailoring care to an individual's needs.  

Hospitals reap rewards of Medicaid expansion

Post-Affordable Care Act, discharges and revenue are up and care costs for low-income patients are down, at least in states that expanded their Medicaid programs, according to a new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

NAACP: Health systems fail to diversify leadership ranks

While the healthcare industry's supply of well-paying jobs makes it key to bridging the racial economic equality gap in the United States, the stubborn lack of diversity in upper management indicates significant room for improvement, according to a new report from the NAACP.

Kaiser, Providence, Ascension leaders share cost-cutting strategies

Cutting costs in healthcare organizations often requires standardization and collaboration, tasks that are far easier said than done at large systems such as Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health & Services or Ascension Health.

Ascension Health turns to care partners, data to reduce readmissions

To turn big data into big changes in readmission rates, executives at Ascension Health created strong partnerships with others in the care continuum.

Hospital execs prepare for consequences of King v. Burwell ruling

In addition to the high stakes for patients and health insurance companies, the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell regarding the legality of federal subsidies in the Affordable Care Act has major implications for healthcare providers. But hospital executives are hopeful that their institutions will avoid any dire consequences if the court doesn't uphold the subsidies, Reuters reported.