Florida hospitals, businesses push Medicaid expansion as cuts loom

By Associated Press  |  February 28, 2015

Florida is scheduled to lose $1 billion in federal health funds at the end of June, a hole in the state budget the Legislature must fill in its upcoming session if a settlement isn't reached between the administrations of Gov. Rick Scott and President Barack Obama.

Cyber security firm claims China behind Anthem attack

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

The same malware originating from China that recently targeted a small U.S. defense contractor matches the software used in the massive attack on health insurer Anthem, a leading cyber security firm told the Washington Post on Friday.

Republicans pick Hall to head Congressional Budget Office

By Paul Demko  |  February 27, 2015

Congressional Republicans have named Keith Hall to head the Congressional Budget Office, which plays a crucial role in assessing how much healthcare programs will cost the federal Treasury.

Illinois Blues names new president

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 27, 2015

Maurice Smith has been promoted to president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Smith, 43, previously served as senior VP of treasury, business development and subsidiary management at the Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp., which owns the Blues affiliate.

Affordable Care Act's benefits for hospitals aren't yet clear

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 27, 2015

Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid are seeing a sharp drop in charity care and an increase in admissions. But hospitals in general are seeing higher-acuity patients and losing out to lower-cost providers for less-complex care.

Medicare RAC restrictions hinder HMS Holdings' Q4 growth

By Bob Herman  |  February 27, 2015

HMS Holdings Corp. hit the red ink in the fourth quarter thanks to the lingering standstill in Medicare's recovery audit program, but growing Medicaid contracts offered the company some relief.

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