One-offs lower Iasis earnings

Hurricanes leave mark, admissions fall
Dec 9, 2008 8:40 AM

Cogent adds five

News out of Brentwood:
Cogent Healthcare, a leader in hospital medicine, adds five new hospital partnerships in fourth quarter, officials announced today. Cogent’s new hospital medicine agreements range from full-service to management engagements to consulting with hospitals located in Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Virginia.
Dec 8, 2008 2:08 PM

CHS' quick start in Spokane

Community Health Systems (Ticker: CYH) has quickly piled more than $11 million into new equipment for the Washington state health system it bought two months ago.
Dec 7, 2008 10:12 PM

Psych Solutions wants to grow in Louisville

The Franklin company (Ticker: PSYS) is looking to add 20 beds to one of its facilities there.
Dec 4, 2008 8:37 AM

Obvious intervention

Chris Brown makes the case for a heath care system free of government intervention:
It is easy to criticize the US healthcare system, but we should be clear on one thing: it is not "free market" or "private" healthcare. A free market in healthcare would be more efficient and innovative, and offer better quality products and services, with lower prices than is currently the case. In addition to the US government's obvious socialist interventions with programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, there are a multitude of other measures that hinder innovation in healthcare — and we can expect only increased involvement under ObamaCare.
Dec 3, 2008 9:26 PM

Investor lifts America Service stake

A Seattle-based investment fund has increased its stake in America Service Group (Ticker: ASGR) to 10 percent. Columbia Pacific, which also invests in Asian health care companies and earlier this year offered to take private a hotel chain, in August disclosed a 6.6 percent stake.
Dec 3, 2008 7:11 PM

Healthy? Nah, not us

Tennessee sits fourth from bottom on the latest America's Health Rankings study,  down a spot from a year ago.
“Without action in these severe economic times, the harsh findings of this report will only be worse next year for our nation, states, communities, families, and individuals. This is a time for urgent and focused action. Our nation’s and our children’s health are too important to do otherwise.”
Dec 3, 2008 7:35 AM

No longer defensive, but not much offense either

Examining the prospects for health care stocks during the recession and the early days of the Obama administration.
"On the plus side, broader insurance coverage is likely to mean more demand for medical services, facilities, devices, drugs, etc. That could boost revenues. On the minus side for investors, the government is likely to demand cost-cutting and impose new regulations. That could squeeze profit margins significantly."
Dec 2, 2008 11:52 PM

Metro General Hospital under performance review

Metro Auditor refuses to release draft version of document
Dec 2, 2008 11:35 AM

Hendersonville medical device firm snags cash

A California investment firm has committed $5 million to ProstimRx, a Hendersonville company that has developed a device and treatment method for various prostate conditions.
Dec 2, 2008 9:23 AM