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    Rising inpatient volumes boosted HCA’s first quarter earnings

    The Nashville, Tennessee-based operator is the latest for-profit system to report stronger-than-expected inpatient volumes and tempered expenses.

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    Centene looks beyond Medicaid redeterminations

    The nation's largest Medicaid insurer expects to return to normal operations this year, though redeterminations continue to dog Centene through a mismatch between rates and acuity.

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    UPMC to cut 1,000 roles

    About 1% of UPMC's total workforce will be impacted by the reductions, according to a spokesperson.

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    Teladoc reports mixed results following long-time CEO’s departure

    The virtual care giant’s earnings were dragged by flagging growth in its BetterHelp segment, which suffered an 11% drop in paying users year over year.

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    Molina to challenge Medicaid contract losses in Florida, Virginia

    Despite business growth in the first quarter, Molina reiterated its prior 2024 guidance out of caution that it won’t be able to reprocure the contested contracts.

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    CHS kicks off 2024 with a net loss as expenses remain high

    The health system made progress on controlling expenses by cutting contract labor costs and insourcing physicians, but costs still dragged on earnings.

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    UHS posts strong profits as acute and behavioral care revenue rises

    The for-profit health system’s revenue rose by more than 10% in the first quarter.

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    Intermountain Health exits Kansas

    The nonprofit is transferring ownership of two Caritas Clinics and shutting one down.

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    FTC votes to ban noncompetes, with far-reaching effects on doctors

    The agency estimates the final rule would lower healthcare costs by $194 billion over the next decade, while freeing up physicians to more easily move between employers.

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    Oracle plans to move headquarters to healthcare hub Nashville

    Nashville is “the center of the industry we’re most concerned about, which is the healthcare industry,” Oracle Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison said.

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    Deep Dive

    California, Oregon eye universal health coverage

    The states' proposals, which resemble Medicare for All, need approval from the federal government and face pushback from major health systems and insurers.

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    Humana withdraws 2025 earnings outlook on unsatisfactory MA rates

    Because of the final rates for next year, Humana will have to enact “larger benefit reductions to achieve stable margins,” its CFO told investors.

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    Tracker

    Tracking healthcare worker strikes

    In May, healthcare workers in California and Pennsylvania will strike over staffing and benefit concerns.

    Updated April 24, 2024
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    Change Healthcare cyberattack

    UnitedHealth confirms ransom, compromised health data from Change attack

    More than 20 screenshots of potentially stolen patient data were posted on the dark web for about a week, the insurer said.

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    Nurse staffing rule slammed by both industry and advocacy groups

    The rule places stricter staffing requirements on nursing homes than those initially proposed and offers exemptions for certain providers.

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    Senators press Steward lenders for solutions days ahead of payment deadline

    Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey sent letters last week to Steward’s top lenders, asking for modified loan terms to help keep hospitals open.

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    Medicaid final rules hand hospitals win on supplemental payments

    In two final rules issued Monday, the CMS also moved to crack down on financing gimmicks used by states and hospitals to increase federal Medicaid funding — though not until 2028.

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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    HHS finalizes reproductive health data protections

    HIPAA-covered entities will be barred from disclosing patient records on abortion, IVF or other reproductive healthcare that could be used in an investigation.

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    Providers, drugmakers at odds over new 340B dispute resolution process

    PhRMA said the new rule “panders to 340B hospitals,” while the American Hospital Association and 340B Health said the rule would preserve the drug discount program’s integrity.

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    CHS to sell Tennessee hospital for $160M

    CEO Tim Hingtgen told investors in February that divestitures could yield more than $1 billion for the hospital operator.

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    Novant, CHS fire back after FTC sues to block North Carolina hospital sale

    The health systems resisted regulators’ allegations that the deal would stifle competition in the Charlotte area.

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    Elevance notches $2.3B in profit, unfazed by Change attack

    The insurer says it has caught up on claims delayed due to the cyberattack on the clearinghouse earlier this year, and shared more details on a new primary care venture with a private equity firm.

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    Telehealth linked to modest quality, cost increases, study finds

    The findings suggest it would be challenging to restrict telehealth payment in Medicare, researchers said. Some pandemic flexibilities are set to expire at the end of 2024.

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    Q&A // Change Healthcare cyberattack

    The aftermath of Change: Two experts on how healthcare organizations can prevent the next cyberattack

    Providers should form a cyber strategy involving incident response plans, testing, multifactor authentication and automating tasks, according to managing directors at NetSPI.

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    Envision Healthcare names permanent CEO

    Jason Owen took on the leadership role this week, months after the physician staffing firm emerged from bankruptcy restructuring.