California Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill

By Associated Press  |  June 29, 2015

California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country after a series of emotionally charged debates.

Massachusetts seeks to address mental healthcare crisis

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 29, 2015

Lawmakers in Massachusetts on Monday discussed bills that seek to reduce boarding of behavioral health patients in hospital emergency departments and keep them out of correctional facilities.

McKesson appoints McElligot as new CIO, CTO

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 29, 2015

Healthcare giant McKesson Corp. has appointed Kathy McElligot as its next CIO and CTO. McKesson is heavily investing in health information technology startups and is expecting to spend several hundred million dollars over the next five to eight years.

Court approves sale of N.J. system to Prime

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 27, 2015

A New Jersey court gave final regulatory clearance for the sale of three-hospital St. Clare's Health System, Denville, N.J., to for-profit hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services.

Dialysis providers to get modest Medicare rate bump

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 26, 2015

The CMS proposed a 0.3% rate increase for end-stage renal disease services for 2016. The proposal also modifies Medicare's quality incentive program for dialysis providers.

EmblemHealth's large losses draw credit downgrade

By Bob Herman  |  June 26, 2015

Fitch Ratings has lowered the credit rating of Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, the primary arm of EmblemHealth, as the company continues to bleed money.

340B supporters cope with mounting criticism of expanded program

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 26, 2015

Safety net providers and clinics that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program will meet next month to address backlash from critics who feel the rising number of participants is a way to game the system during a period when drug prices are skyrocketing.

Same-sex marriage ruling puts health benefits in spotlight

By Lisa Schencker and Bob Herman  |  June 26, 2015

The landmark Supreme Court 5-4 decision Friday granting all same-sex couples the right to marry is significant for civil rights, but it also will likely change the health insurance landscape. Court challenges to domestic partner benefits limited to same-sex couples could find more success. Some...

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