Louisiana election could boost Medicaid expansion in other states

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 28, 2015

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.

Bundled payment demo has nursing homes seeing stars

Bundled payment demo has nursing homes seeing stars

By Melanie Evans  |  November 21, 2015

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.

Healthcare added nearly 45,000 jobs in October

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 07, 2015

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.

Medicaid programs brace for new home health wage rule

Medicaid programs brace for new home health wage rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 31, 2015

State Medicaid programs, the largest payers of home health services and personal care support, are ill-prepared to pay workers in that sector minimum wage, overtime or traveling expenses, which next month will be required under a new U.S. Labor Department rule.

Best Places to Work winners promote work-life balance

Best Places to Work winners promote work-life balance

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 15, 2015

Leaders often talk about workplace culture, but it's hard to put a finger on what it means, or how it's developed.It comes from the people hired and the way they're treated, but it's also something leaders have to cultivate.

LSU sues operator of Shreveport, Monroe hospitals

By Associated Press  |  September 26, 2015

Louisiana State University on Friday sued the private manager of its Shreveport and Monroe hospitals, alleging that the operator breached its contract and failed to live up to promises to keep the hospitals as academic centers.

Judge reinstates Arkansas' Planned Parenthood contract

By Associated Press  |  September 18, 2015

A federal judge on Friday ordered Arkansas to temporarily reinstate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood after the state blocked funding over concerns about secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group.

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