Judge Garland has sometimes sided with hospitals, other times HHS

Judge Garland has sometimes sided with hospitals, other times HHS

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 19, 2016

President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court marks the beginning of what likely will be months of fighting over whether the Senate should confirm or even consider the 63-year-old appellate judge for the seat vacated by the late Antonin Scalia.

What happens when divorce is too expensive

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 19, 2016

They got together. They broke up. They reconciled. The story may be a common one for couples, but not necessarily for hospitals and construction companies working on projects together.

For some immigrants, an easier path to professional work

By Associated Press  |  March 13, 2016

There were moments in nursing school when Hina Naveed was tempted to quit, not because she couldn't do the work, but because she wondered whether, as an undocumented immigrant, she'd be allowed to get a license once she graduated.

How LifePoint's lawyer-CEO guides the company's rapid growth

How LifePoint's lawyer-CEO guides the company's rapid growth

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 12, 2016

LifePoint Health CEO Bill Carpenter credits his legal training for helping him steer the for-profit hospital chain through a series of recent acquisitions, supported by the system's solid financial performance.

Hospital deregulation effort fails in Va. Legislature

By Aurora Aguilar  |  March 12, 2016

Virginia state lawmakers have thwarted an effort to loosen government oversight of new or expanded healthcare facilities in the state. Virginia is one of 36 states that maintain a certificate-of-need program.

Chicago doc sentenced to prison in Medicaid drug kickback scheme

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 11, 2016

A Chicago psychiatrist who was once the biggest prescriber in the country of the antipsychotic drug clozapine to Medicaid recipients was sentenced to nine months in federal prison Friday for accepting kickbacks in exchange for prescribing the medication.

What California providers will do when asked to help patients die

What California providers will do when asked to help patients die

By Harris Meyer  |  March 11, 2016

California patients who want to take advantage of the state's new aid-in-dying law are likely to face challenges in finding cooperative providers, at least initially. But two major systems say they'll support physicians who participate.

FDA agreement would allow Amarin to market drug for off-label uses

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 09, 2016

Consumer advocates fear a proposed settlement between Amarin and the FDA may further embolden pharmaceutical companies to try marketing products for unapproved uses. It comes less than a year after a federal judge concluded off-label marketing was protected speech.

Another New Jersey hospital faces tax challenge

By Aurora Aguilar and Lisa Schencker  |  March 05, 2016

A lawsuit filed last month against a New Jersey hospital is one of more than a dozen recent legal challenges to not-for-profit hospitals' tax exemptions in that state, following a court decision last year and a failed legislative fix.

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