Florida Safety Net Hospitals Win Delay on Costly “Tiering” Law

Florida safety net hospitals will get a one-year reprieve from a controversial funding formula that its state legislators put into place to ensure a more equitable distribution of subsidies –except they got it precisely wrong.  Hundreds of millions of dollars were at stake.  Hospitals that could least afford it found themselves (under the new formula) forced to share their cash with hospitals that didn’t need it. The so-called “tiering” law would have required Florida counties that use local dollars to attract federal matching funds for hospitals to share that money with counties that don’t raise local funds for healthcare. Jackson Health [...]


Breaking News: FTC Orders ProMedica to Divest Itself of Toledo’s St. Luke’s Hospital

ProMedica has lost its court battle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the hospital system is once again being ordered to divest itself of St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio (near Toledo). In a unanimous opinion, the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati today denied ProMedica’s petition to overturn a FTC ruling originally issued in 2011 that said it would be “illegal and anti-competitive” for ProMedica to merge with St. Luke’s (which had already happened in May of 2010). Read the judge’s ruling in its entirety Circuit Judge Raymond M. Kethledge asserted in the ruling today that ProMedica’s merger [...]


Clinical Link Enhancement: ZirMed Announces New, Secure, HIPAA-Compliant Messaging Feature

Thomas Finn - April 22, 2014 8:20 AM

ZirMed today announced a new, secure, HIPAA-compliant messaging feature for Clinical Link, the compa...


MedSnap ID Now Available To GNYHA Services And Essensa Healthcare Members

Thomas Finn - April 22, 2014 7:36 AM

MedSnap ID bills itself as the first smartphone-based computer vision solution to address the time-c...


Is the “Office Visit” Becoming Cheeky? House Calls Are Making a Strong Comeback

Thomas Finn - April 21, 2014 1:08 PM

Something old is becoming something new again. That Norman Rockwell image of the friendly, white-coa...


Collapsed Healthcare System May Be Biggest Threat to Syrians

Thomas Finn - April 21, 2014 6:38 AM

As the war grinds on into its fourth year, more Syrians have died from lack of adequate medical care...


Cutting Readmission Rates: AHRQ Report Indicates that Passing the Buck to Primary Care isn’t the Answer

Thomas Finn - April 18, 2014 5:21 AM

According to a recent AHRQ report, U.S. hospitals spent $41.3 billion treating patients readmitted t...


Sign of the Times: CollabRx and Affymetrix Partner to Optimize Genetic Variant Annotation (GVA) Service

Thomas Finn - April 17, 2014 8:17 AM

High-throughput DNA sequencing platforms are now widely available. As a result, personal genomes are...


The Wrong Kind of Transparency: Obama Administration Wants to Expose Whistleblowers?

Thomas Finn - April 16, 2014 7:50 AM

The Obama administration wants potential government whistleblowers to identify themselves, before th...


High School Students Use Crowdsourcing to Find a Cure for Melanoma

Thomas Finn - April 15, 2014 1:44 PM

In a groundbreaking effort, 3,500 of the country’s top high school students will build the wor...


Consolidation Trend Continues: Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital Forming System

Thomas Finn - April 15, 2014 7:16 AM

Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital are joining forces to form a new health care syste...


ICD-10 Industry Surveys Show Directly Conflicting Results

Thomas Finn - April 15, 2014 5:31 AM

Just before the transition to ICD-10 was officially delayed, NueMD conducted a survey of 1,300 healt...


University of Kentucky Hospital Joins Virginia Purchasing Collaborative

Thomas Finn - April 15, 2014 5:14 AM

The University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Ky., announced  today that it has joined the s...


Friday Rant: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed…

Thomas Finn - April 11, 2014 11:21 AM

What happened to the good ol’ days –you know, when SCM vendor marketing budgets were pro...


Guide for Public Health and Primary Care Integration: The “Practical Playbook” Rolls Out Nationwide

Thomas Finn - April 10, 2014 1:17 PM

On March 5, 2014, the de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers fo...


Less Than Half of Americans Polled Believe Humans Have Anything to Do with Climate Change

Thomas Finn - April 10, 2014 9:46 AM

In looking back at the winter that just came to a close, and according to a new Harris Poll, America...