Hospital systems that have acquired physician practices and outpatient treatment centers are wrestling with how to integrate them into their existing supply-chain distribution system. The goal is to extend the low prices achieved through bulk purchasing to these geographically dispersed facilities.
A state mandate that doctors who provide abortions must have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
On his first full day in office, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards reversed course from his Republican predecessor Tuesday and started the process of expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program.
Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards has set an ambitious timeline for a Medicaid expansion, saying he wants to have government-funded health insurance cards in thousands more people's hands by July 1.
The struggle to persuade Republican state officials across the country to expand Medicaid to millions of uninsured, low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act will continue in 2016, even as GOP presidential candidates heading into the November elections promise to repeal the law.
High prescription drug prices pushed aside the never-ending wrangling over the Affordable Care Act as healthcare's No. 1 political and policy issue in 2015.
Republican state lawmakers who have repeatedly rejected efforts to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program and provide government-funded health insurance to the working poor are showing much more interest in the idea.
Today's regional healthcare roundup includes state approval for a Trinity Health-New England deal in Connecticut, millions in missing hospital equipment in Louisiana, UC Davis mulling a new patient tower, and more.
The recent election of a Democratic governor in Louisiana who is committed to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has given hope to hospitals and other advocacy groups that back expansion of coverage to low-income adults in the 20 states where Republican leaders so far have balked.
Democrat John Bel Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008.
Hospitals in more than five dozen metropolitan areas will soon have no choice but to take bundled payments from Medicare for hip and knee replacements. And the skilled-nursing facilities that do business with them face a stark reality of their own.
The healthcare industry added 44,900 jobs in October. This year, the industry has created almost 407,000 jobs, which almost equals the 410,000 jobs the industry added in 2013 and 2014 combined.