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New Data Rate Hospital Performance On Popular Elective Surgeries

U.S. News and World Report released the data on coronary artery bypass grafts and hip and knee replacements, which 1.4 million patients get every year. Elsewhere, a new program allows patients to borrow money to pay their medical bills.

Modern Healthcare: Hospitals Turn To Friendlier Tools To Collect Unpaid Bills
In one of the bigger ironies of the Affordable Care Act era, when millions of people have gained access to insurance, many providers are reporting an increase in bad debt. The reason: More individuals and families are finding themselves in high-deductible plans as employers shift their benefit packages, and individuals and families buy plans on the federal or state-run exchanges, where the most popular options involve significant copays and deductibles. (Kutscher, 5/16)

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