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Medical liability premiums flat as California battles over caps

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

A TV political ad opposing Proposition 46 in California opens with black silhouettes of plaintiff lawyers shaking hands. In a later frame, a worried older woman opens a medical bill. A doctor in an empty hallway shakes his head. But liability premiums haven't been very scary.

Breier tapped to replace Diaz as Kindred CEO

Breier tapped to replace Diaz as Kindred CEO

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014

Ben Breier, president and COO of Kindred Healthcare, will take over next year as CEO of the Louisville, Ky.-based post-acute-care operator, which is in the process of ballooning into a $7.1 billion company through the buyout of another large post-acute company.

EEOC sues Honeywell over wellness program

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

Honeywell International's wellness program has crossed the line from helping employees to hurting them, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the company in federal court Monday.

Dignity Health pays $37 million in false claims action

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

Dignity Health has agreed to pay the government $37 million to settle allegations that more than a dozen of its hospitals knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Insurers steal a beat from Apple, open retail branding stores

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014

Health insurers increasingly are building and staffing bricks-and-mortar retail centers to potentially expand their membership base and, most importantly for now, enhance their brand image with the public.

Former Northwestern researcher settles false claims allegations

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

A former Northwestern University cancer researcher will pay the government $475,000 to settle claims that he allegedly spent federal research grant money on inappropriate items that benefited him, his family and friends.

Political airwaves dominated by anti-Obamacare ads

By Paul Demko  |  October 30, 2014

More than a quarter of all political advertisements on television this year mention healthcare, and 14% of those specifically reference the federal healthcare law, according to an analysis released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Just 5% of ads that mentioned the healthcare law were sponsored by...

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