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Private equity buying up orthopedic practices

“Dr. Paul Jeffords and his colleagues at Atlanta-based Resurgens Orthopaedics were worried about their ability to survive financially, even though their independent orthopedic practice was the largest in Georgia, with nearly 100 physicians,” Harris Meyer writes over at Kaiser Health News. “They nervously watched other physician practices sell out entirely to large hospital systems and […]

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New rule mandates health cost estimators

Health insurance companies and employers with healthcare insurance plans are required to give reliable estimates of people’s costs for healthcare, starting Jan. 1, 2023. This requirement, described in this Federal Register entry from 2020, is not a departure for many insurance companies, who have been doing this for some time. But for employers it’s a […]

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Drop in Covid vaccine production predicted

“For much of the pandemic, the main obstacle to vaccinating the world against the coronavirus was a lack of supply, as wealthy nations bought up vaccine doses and logistical bottlenecks hampered access for the poorest countries,” Adam Taylor writes in The Washington Post. “But increasingly, global vaccination efforts — spearheaded by Covax, a vaccine-sharing initiative backed in […]

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Hospital chain financials strong in pandemic, report finds

“Recent reports have raised concerns about the financial stability of hospitals amidst disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the looming prospect of an economic recession. Large amounts of government relief helped prop up hospital margins in 2020 and 2021. However, industry reports suggest that the outlook for hospitals and health systems has deteriorated in 2022 due to the ongoing […]