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Top Health Systems: Mergers, Acquisitions, Affiliations

October 3, 2017 BY Alanna Moriarty

Top Health Systems: Mergers, Acquisitions, Affiliations

Care center mergers and acquisitions are key indications of which health systems are thriving and which are falling behind. The consolidation, purchase, or sale of a care center can aid in lowering costs, increasing patient satisfaction, and expanding the number of services a provider can offer. In 2017 alone, Definitive Healthcare tracked more than 300 mergers and acquisitions.

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Top CONs of 2017

September 26, 2017 BY Alanna Moriarty

Top CONs of 2017

The Certificate of Need (CON) program is controversial in the healthcare industry. The program requires healthcare facilities to receive government approval before expanding, offering new services, purchasing medical equipment, and more.

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Do Some Nonprofit Hospitals Deserve Their Status?

September 25, 2017 BY Definitive Healthcare

The vast majority of hospital care in the U.S. has historically been delivered by nonprofit organizations, which benefit from a wide array of federal, state, and local tax exemptions. In recent years, however, the charitable status of some hospitals and health systems has been called into question. Tighter operating margins and Medicaid expansion have contributed to an overall decline in charity care, while local and state governments are facing budgetary pressures and looking for new revenue sources. The situation has led to a debate over how much benefit nonprofit hospitals should provide to be considered charitable organizations, and the issue is far from settled.

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The Pivotal Role of Healthcare IDNs in Purchasing and Population Health

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servces (CMS) is putting increasing pressure on healthcare providers to deliver high-quality care to patients at the lowest possible cost while simultaneously reducing preventable readmissions. Some care providers have joined accountable care organizations (ACOs) to meet these expectations. However, though ACOs are capable of providing coordinated, timely care, they have limitations as a group of individual providers, care centers, and health plans.

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The Changing Role of Healthcare CFOs

September 12, 2017 BY Alanna Moriarty

The Changing Role of Healthcare CFOs

When the ACA passed in 2010, hospital reimbursements began to shift away from the traditional fee-for-service model and toward models emphasizing quality of care and patient outcomes. Before this legislation, CFOs primarily focused on corporate finance, availability of capital and the typical risks of investment and spending. A healthcare CFO had to balance a budget and manage the allocation of funds appropriately.

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