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Sep 27, 12:16 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Jean LIOU 09/27/19 AT 11:48 AM French rail operator SNCF wants to merge Eurostar, which operates high-speed trains to London, and the Thalys service that takes passengers from France to Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, its chief executive said on Friday.Guillaume Pepy said that the move, which would take up to two years to implement, would create a single and more efficient European railway company and respond to new challenges as passengers opt against flying due to climate change.He told reporters that the two networks, which are majority owned by the SNCF, could together transport 30 million passengers a year, compared with 18.5 million in 2018.The project for the merger, dubbed "Green Speed", would have to be approved by the other shareholders of both railway firms and their supervisory boards."The idea is to develop and expand the network," Pepy told … [Read more...] about France’s SNCF Wants To Merge Eurostar And Thalys Services
San Diego may merge its 911 call center with others across the region.The move could save money, boost response times and improve coordination during wildfires.City officials plan to make a formal proposal by the end of the year including a location, estimated costs and how the project would be funded.San Diego will explore merging its 911 fire and medical dispatch center with other emergency call centers in the region to save money, boost response times and improve coordination during wildfires and other major events.City officials said Wednesday they plan to discuss the idea with other firefighting agencies and make a formal proposal by the end of the year including a location, estimated costs and how the project would be funded.If differences in employee pay, health insurance and pensions make a formal merger impossible, city officials said multiple call centers could still operate at one site and accomplish many goals that a merger would aim to achieve.San Diego runs the … [Read more...] about San Diego may seek to merge its 911 call center with others across region
Some interesting points to consider here, in this article from Becker's ...To Merge or Not to Merge: Benefits, Challenges and the Future for Stand-Alone Hospitals In an executive panel discussion at the Healthcare Financial Management Association Annual National Institute in Orlando on Nov. 17, four healthcare financial leaders of stand-alone hospitals discussed their perspectives on mergers and partnerships and how the current healthcare environment is impacting partnership decisions. Jim Landman, director of thought leadership initiatives at HFMA, who served as moderator of the session, began by discussing some of the challenges that face stand-alone hospitals, including financial pressures, lack of scale and resources. However, he then turned the discussion to some of the benefits of stand-alone facilities. The panelists, who are all members of HMFA's cohort of stand-alone financial leaders, shared three key benefits of facilities that are not part of larger … [Read more...] about Stand-Alone Hospitals: To Merge or Not to Merge … is THAT the question?
Price disparities among hospitals pose one of the more intractable issues for policy makers, regulators and the government. That they exist is indisputable. Why they exist is a source of much contention. And the issue creates great disunity within the hospital world, causing fissures especially between academic medical centers and community hospitals.Massachusetts, which has the perhaps unwelcome distinction of generally being in the forefront of key health policy initiatives, has a history of trying to analyze and understand hospital price disparities, and, even more challenging, trying to do something about them. Recent action, described in more detail below, comes on the heels of earlier commissions, studies and discussions probing the issue.As is well known nationally, in 2006 Massachusetts adopted a significant reform program aimed at increasing access to care. Now known, perhaps with a wry and ironic sense of humor, as RomneyCare, its insurance and benefit reform provisions … [Read more...] about Tackling the Dragon of Hospital Price Disparity: Massachusetts’s On-Going Efforts to Address Price Equity