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Calif. to get nearly $2B in uncompensated-care funds

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 23, 2016

For the next four years, California's public hospitals will collectively receive up to $472 million annually to cover hospital visits for the uninsured as part of a waiver meant to reform the state's Medicaid program.

Supreme Court term has mixed results for healthcare industry

Supreme Court term has mixed results for healthcare industry

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 09, 2016

The court's term that ended late last month wasn't nearly so straightforward for the industry. At least half a dozen notable cases left some people cheering and others wringing their hands. And the midterm death of Justice Antonin Scalia appears to have affected some of the outcomes.

Orrin Hatch leading push to improve Stark law

Orrin Hatch leading push to improve Stark law

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 09, 2016

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch will lead a hearing Tuesday on ways to change the Stark law following a congressional report that said the statute has created “a minefield for the healthcare industry.”

Behavioral health provider sues Health Net for $55 million

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 08, 2016

A California-based behavioral health provider is suing Health Net for $55 million, saying the insurer has launched an attack on the industry by refusing to reimburse behavioral health providers for services.

HHS loses court fight on regulating limited-benefit health plans

By Harris Meyer  |  July 06, 2016

The Obama administration suffered a setback in its efforts to strengthen the individual insurance market when a federal appeals court last week struck down an HHS rule barring the sale of certain limited-benefit plans as stand-alone products.

Supreme Court term mixed bag for healthcare industry

Supreme Court term mixed bag for healthcare industry

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 03, 2016

This year was a mixed bag for healthcare at the Supreme Court, which wrapped up its latest term last week. At least half a dozen notable cases fragmented healthcare wonks' attention. The outcomes of some of those cases left parts of the industry cheering and other parts wringing their hands.

EHR safety goes to court

EHR safety goes to court

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 25, 2016

A recently filed lawsuit alleging that a faulty electronic health record system caused patient harm may be among the first in a wave of such cases, even though most experts say the latest EHR systems are better designed than older models.

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