Alabama Medicaid budget shortfall risks losing patients, doctors and waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 04, 2016

A budget impasse in Alabama is beginning to delay healthcare for children and Medicaid beneficiaries in the state. It also jeopardizes the state's Medicaid waiver to move the state from the traditional fee-for-service delivery model to a managed-care model involving regional care organizations.

Advocate Health to pay largest HIPAA settlement

By Erica Teichert  |  August 04, 2016

Advocate Health Care has agreed to pay $5.55 million to settle multiple data protection violations over the past three years, marking the largest Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act settlement HHS has ever received.

Christine Cassel receives Gail Warden leadership award

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 04, 2016

Dr. Christine Cassel, planning dean of Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, has received the 2016 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

CMS urges states to use Medicaid to care for disabled at home

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 03, 2016

The CMS has released guidance that encourages states to use Medicaid funds to keep elderly and physically and mentally disabled beneficiaries at home and in community-based settings instead of nursing homes.

Ohio urology group hack possibly linked to right-wing Ukraine group

By Joseph Conn  |  August 03, 2016

A hacker or group of hackers with possible links to a right-wing Ukrainian political faction posted to Twitter and to a Google cloud-based storage area more than a half-million documents, including patient information, from an Ohio healthcare provider.

Mark Slyter steps down as Baton Rouge CEO after moment in spotlight

By Dave Barkholz  |  August 03, 2016

Mark Slyter has abruptly stepped down as CEO of Baton Rouge (La.) General. Slyter joined a national conversation on race relations last month when Baton Rouge General treated one of the three Baton Rouge police officers wounded in an ambush that killed three officers.

Banner Health cyberattack impacts 3.7 million people

By Joseph Conn  |  August 03, 2016

Banner Health is contacting 3.7 million individuals whose personal information may have been accessed in a cyberattack that began on systems that process credit card payments for food and beverage purchases. The breach then expanded to include patient and health plan information.

CHS now selling 12 hospitals, two more than originally planned

By Dave Barkholz  |  August 03, 2016

Community Health Systems is now negotiating to sell 12 hospitals, two more than were being shopped in May. They are expected to bring $850 million in net proceeds versus the $530 million estimated for the first 10, CHS CEO Wayne Smith said Wednesday.

Humana banks on Medicare plans as ACA troubles linger

By Bob Herman  |  August 03, 2016

Humana faces a tough legal battle tied to the proposed merger with Aetna and sizable losses from its Affordable Care Act plans. Yet, the health insurer was able to record large profits in the second quarter due primarily to its Medicare plans.

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