Private equity firm Apollo announced a deal last week to purchase rural hospital chain LifePoint Health. Advisory Board's Christopher Kerns notes that the merged system would create "a new multi-billion-dollar player within the for-profit health care space—one with a significant amount of financial and operational flexibility."
The Maryland Department of Agriculture on Tuesday announced that the West Nile virus was found in mosquitos in the Riverdale Park area, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, Missouri, and New York.
Alabama and Illinois under a federal rule are restructuring the essential health benefits individual and small-group insurers in the states must cover—but they are doing so in significantly different ways, Shelby Livingson reports for Modern Healthcare.
The American Academy of Pediatrics in a policy statement last week urged Americans to avoid certain chemicals used in food processing, citing the potential negative health effects, and called on FDA to update its standards for reviewing those substances.
Last week, CMS released its proposed regulations and reimbursement changes for hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers in the upcoming year. To help you make sense of their proposals, we've rounded up some of our best resources and answered your five main questions about the changes.
CMS says 1,387 of the 15,616 nursing homes in the United States either did not staff the adequate number of RNs required by the federal government, or failed to supply payroll data that verified they had the required number of RNs.