Experts chime in on curbing health costs; HCA profits drop along with surgery admissions;

> Industry experts chime in on curbing healthcare costs. Article

> Prime Healthcare is accused of admitting an unusually high number of emergency Medicare patients to reap the financial benefits, reports FierceHealthcare. Article

> Hospital chain Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) reported a profit of $229 million for the second quarter, down 22 percent from a year earlier, reports the Associated Press. Fewer surgical admissions contributed to the less-than-expected profits. Article

> The HHS Office of the Inspector General has found that Medicare spending on hospice care continues rise, reports Kaiser Health News. Article

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