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Meet the sheriff who runs the nation's largest psych facility

Meet the sheriff who runs the nation's largest psych facility

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

Cook County (Ill.) Sheriff Tom Dart describes how he is providing behavioral healthcare services for the jail inmates who need them and how he is working to keep people with mental health issues from returning to the facility that some have called the nation's largest mental healthcare institution.

Editorial: The benefits of rate regulation

Editorial: The benefits of rate regulation

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 01, 2015

In what must have been a terrible disappointment for Obamacare bashers on the presidential campaign trail, the early returns from California suggest the rate increases next year in the individual and small-group health insurance market will be modest. The news comes with a caveat: Everything may...

Covered California holds line on rates

Covered California holds line on rates

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 27, 2015

Covered California enrollees will see premiums increase 4% in 2016, exchange officials said Monday. The increase is actually slightly less than the 4.2% jump consumers experienced between 2014 and 2015.

Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight

Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 25, 2015

Thousands of women have experienced problems with the Essure birth control device. They claim these side effects were not disclosed to them by the manufacturer or their doctors, and that their complaints have been dismissed for years by the device manufacturer, physicians and the federal government.

Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

By Bob Herman  |  July 25, 2015

Anthem's announced $54.2 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. last week is the latest and largest sign of health insurers' lust for scale. But at the heart of the merger momentum is their desire to expand their government business, particularly in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market.

Linking personality, treatment compliance

Linking personality, treatment compliance

By Barbara Feder Ostrov  |  July 25, 2015

Could a patient personality test help clinicians improve medication and treatment compliance? Los Angeles-based startup Frame Health is testing that approach at Kaiser Permanente.

Calif. aid-in-dying case dismissal will be appealed

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 25, 2015

In another setback for California advocates of physician aid in dying, a California Superior Court judge indicated last week he would dismiss a case challenging the state's law against the practice.

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