AHA CEO Richard Umbdenstock to retire in 2015

By Bob Herman  |  November 21, 2014

Richard Umbdenstock will end an eight-year run as president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, the nation's most powerful hospital trade group, at the end of 2015, the AHA confirmed Friday.

Immigration order may indirectly expand health coverage

By Paul Demko  |  November 21, 2014

Experts say President Barack Obama's executive order may indirectly lead to a significant number of immigrants, particularly children, enrolling in Medicaid as well as private health plans.

Medicaid contract aids Presbyterian's bottom line

By Bob Herman  |  November 21, 2014

Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, continues to register a positive year with the most substantial growth seen in the hospital system's insurance arm.

Pa. Supreme Court demands state health centers stay open

By Lisa Schencker  |  November 21, 2014

Twenty-six Pennsylvania state health centers must remain open, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled Thursday, reversing a lower court's decision that allowed the state to move forward with shuttering them.

Open enrollment's first week: So far, (mostly) so good

By Bob Herman and Darius Tahir  |  November 21, 2014

Most insurers, hospitals and other enrollment organizations agree that the federal and state exchanges are performing much better this time around. But the process of signing up and re-enrolling millions of Americans still isn't perfect, with some problems reported around the country.

Congress ponders health IT regs and the FDA, again

By Darius Tahir  |  November 21, 2014

Another proposal to overhaul health IT regulation is surfacing in Congress, this one with a powerful Republican name attached to it, that of incoming Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch.

OSU puts researchers face-to-face with cancer patients

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 21, 2014

Would watching researchers hard at work to find individualized treatments give cancer patients hope to keep fighting their disease? Would seeing cancer patients bravely coping inspire researchers to strive more vigorously to find effective cancer treatments? The Ohio State University Wexner Medical...

Iasis' results improve as it adds health plan, acute-care patients

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 21, 2014

Iasis Healthcare reported $5.2 million in income in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014 as it booked more revenue and saw more patients in both its acute-care and health plan businesses. That compares to a $3.6 million loss during the same period last year.

Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

By Associated Press  |  November 21, 2014

Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain healthcare costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000%, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now lawmakers.

Guest Commentary: Protecting our healthcare workers now

By Dr. David Nash, Janine Jagger and Amber Hogan Mitchell  |  November 21, 2014

In response to the immediate danger of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued tightened guidance for personal protective equipment and related protocols. Its guidance addresses the specific risks of a single pathogen, but is only one precautionary step in the larger context of...

Another $2 billion-plus year for DOJ healthcare recoveries

By Lisa Schencker  |  November 20, 2014

The Justice Department recovered $2.3 billion from alleged healthcare fraud schemes in fiscal 2014, down slightly from the $2.6 million it collected the year before, it announced Thursday morning.

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