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Medicaid expansion fuels enrollment gains for insurers

Medicaid expansion fuels enrollment gains for insurers

By Bob Herman  |  October 30, 2014

Publicly traded health insurers have been reporting higher figures in their individual markets as they offer insurance to people though exchanges built under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They're also benefiting from another provision of the law: Medicaid expansion.

Louisiana to top Ebola researchers: Stay away

By Bloomberg  |  October 30, 2014

The state sent a letter to members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, which is holding its annual conference in New Orleans next week. If they've recently been to any of the West African countries where the virus has infected more than 13,000 people, they shouldn't attend the...

St. Martin Hospital - #14 in the 2014 Best Places to Work in Healthcare

St. Martin Hospital - #14 in the 2014 Best Places to Work in Healthcare

By Lola Butcher  |  October 24, 2014

The 125 employees at St. Martin Hospital, a 25-bed critical-access hospital in Breaux Bridge, La., each year sign a pledge renewing their commitment to be respectful and supportive of one another. Their promises create a culture that makes for a happy workplace.

DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team

DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team

By Joseph Conn and Darius Tahir  |  October 23, 2014

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, sources tell Modern Healthcare.

Shire to pay $56.5 million for improper drug marketing

By Associated Press  |  September 25, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that Irish drugmaker Shire will pay $56.5 million to settle allegations it broke the law in promoting five different drugs, including its attention deficit disorder drugs Adderall XR and Vyvanse.

Jindal's ex-health secretary indicted on perjury

By Associated Press  |  September 23, 2014

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's former health secretary was charged Tuesday by a state grand jury with lying about his involvement in the award of a now-canceled $200 million Medicaid contract.

House backs bill extending small-group plans that violate ACA

House backs bill extending small-group plans that violate ACA

By Paul Demko  |  September 11, 2014

Legislation that would allow insurers to continue selling small-group plans that don't comply with the coverage requirements of the federal healthcare law through 2018 cleared the House with bipartisan support on Wednesday. But there is practically no chance the proposal will be taken up this year...

OIG audit finds Louisiana miscalculated Medicaid EHR payments

OIG audit finds Louisiana miscalculated Medicaid EHR payments

By Joseph Conn  |  September 09, 2014

Louisiana's Medicaid electronic health-record incentive payment program for hospitals made incorrect payments to 20 of 25 hospitals reviewed in the first year of the program. The state underpaid some but overpaid more than twice as many, owing the federal government about $1.8 million, according to...

Carol Solomon: targeting chronic illness in New Orleans

Carol Solomon: targeting chronic illness in New Orleans

By Mike Mitka  |  August 29, 2014

Cajun and Creole foods and a “let the good times roll” attitude make New Orleans and its surrounding parishes a great place to visit, but they're also among the contributing factors making it difficult for residents to maintain healthy lifestyles. Statewide figures show Louisiana has...

Changes in the works for Medicaid managed care in Louisiana

By Associated Press  |  July 19, 2014

Louisiana's health department intends to rework how it pays the private managed-care networks that provide health services to two-thirds of the state's Medicaid patients, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration told lawmakers Friday.

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