Healthcare Matters Round-Up

Another Hoax: Samsung Did Not Pay Apple in Nickels --
I have to admit it. When my daughter informed me with a "guess what Dad, Samsung paid Apple its billion dollar fine in nickels," I actually fell for it. Naturally, I first questioned her hard, but she's a smart kid and not prone to believe everything she hears. And definitely not gullible...

Ascension/Marian Merger Reflects Industry's Appetite For Consolidation --
Ascension Health Alliance, the parent organization of Ascension Health, announced an agreement late yesterday to acquire Tulsa, Okla.-based Marian Health System, which operates 36 hospitals and 150 clinics in the Midwest...

ROi –GPO "Of A Different Color"– Signs a South Carolina System --
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, an integrated healthcare delivery system based in Spartanburg, S.C., signed an agreement with ROi (Resource Optimization & Innovation) for access to ROi's comprehensive suite of supply chain services, including group purchasing, strategic sourcing, utilization management and custom procedure pack manufacturing. The agreement marks the health care system's commitment to develop a fully integrated supply chain based on the model built by ROi over the last decade...

HPG Recognizes CDW Healthcare For IT Services Excellence --
CDW Healthcare, a leading provider of technology solutions for healthcare, today announced that it has again been named a winner of a HealthTrust Vendor Excellence Award. HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P. (HPG), supports nearly 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as 10,600 ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and alternate care sites, presents the awards each year. By the way, HealthTrust members select the Excellence Award winners and this is two years in a row for CDW...

2012 US Family Insurance Premiums Average $15,745 –Up 4% --
Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $15,745 this year, up 4 percent from last year, with workers on average paying $4,316 toward the cost of their coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2012 Employer Health Benefits Survey released today. That's up 4% over the last year.

- Brianna Tonner

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