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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigns

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 13, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a former emergency medicine physician, has resigned amid allegations he steered consulting contracts toward his fiancee. Kitzhaber has steadfastly denied those allegations.

Courts prove tough crowd for consolidating providers

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 10, 2015

A federal appeals court ruled against Idaho's St. Luke's Health System and delivered another blow to the argument that mergers in the name of high-quality, coordinated care override concerns that dominant players will squash their competitors.

New GOP reform plan rolls back Cadillac tax to win over conservatives

By Paul Demko  |  February 06, 2015

Congressional Republican leaders are hoping to rally their colleagues behind a new repeal-and-replace package for Obamacare. The impetus is the King v. Burwell case that could strike down premium subsidies for millions of Americans and result in political headaches for the GOP.

Partners HealthCare picks internal candidate as new CEO

By Melanie Evans  |  February 05, 2015

Partners HealthCare's incoming CEO Dr. David Torchiana will take control of an organization he describes as “chastened” by the public criticism and a fresh legal rebuke of its planned expansion and is faced with turning around a steep loss in its new health insurance arm.

Hackers breach Anthem; 80M exposed

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 04, 2015

Hackers infiltrated Anthem's information technology system and gained access to the personal information of about 80 million current and former members. It appears to be by far the largest cyberattack ever disclosed by a healthcare company.

Rulon Stacey resigns after 15 months at Fairview Health

By Paul Demko and Bob Herman  |  February 03, 2015

Rulon Stacey has resigned as CEO of Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services after just 15 months in the post. Fairview indicated that the departure was due to a combination of professional differences and personal considerations.

Community Health Systems to pay $75 million for alleged New Mexico Medicaid scheme

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 02, 2015

Investor-owned hospital chain Community Health Systems and three affiliated New Mexico hospitals will pay the federal government $75 million to settle allegations that they made illegal donations to county governments to reap more federal dollars under a now-discontinued matching program.

CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

By Darius Tahir  |  January 29, 2015

The CMS announced Thursday that it is considering proposals to shorten the meaningful-use reporting period to 90 days in 2015, something providers and others have been requesting.

Uninsured don’t know about subsidies, Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 29, 2015

Additional outreach about insurance marketplace premium subsidies and expanded eligibility standards for Medicaid is needed to reach the uninsured, a Kaiser Family Foundation study suggests.

Where healthcare is now on march to value-based pay

By Melanie Evans and Bob Herman  |  January 28, 2015

U.S. healthcare providers and insurers start from widely divergent places as some of the largest move to put most of their business into payment models that reward lower cost and higher quality care.

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