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Report: Calif. slow to respond to nursing-home complaints

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 31, 2014

A report released this week from the California state auditor's office alleges that state health officials have failed to effectively manage investigations of complaints against long-term-care facilities in the state.

Would you agree to a 21-day Ebola quarantine?

Would you agree to a 21-day Ebola quarantine?

By John N. Frank  |  October 30, 2014

U.S. healthcare workers who volunteer to join the fight in Africa against Ebola have a new question to ask themselves these days: How would they feel about a 21-day quarantine when they get back home?

Medical liability premiums flat as California battles over caps

Medical liability premiums flat as California battles over caps

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

A TV political ad opposing Proposition 46 in California opens with black silhouettes of plaintiff lawyers shaking hands. In a later frame, a worried older woman opens a medical bill. A doctor in an empty hallway shakes his head. But liability premiums haven't been very scary.

California AG: Healthcare breaches were preventable

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 30, 2014

Healthcare breaches accounted for 15% of all data breaches in California in 2012 and 2013, according to a report from the state's attorney general. Most were easily preventable, the report chides.

Dignity Health pays $37 million in false-claims action

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

Dignity Health has agreed to pay the government $37 million to settle allegations that more than a dozen of its hospitals knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Prime Healthcare and Daughters of Charity deal faces scrutiny

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 30, 2014

More details were revealed Wednesday about Prime Healthcare Services' proposed acquisition of Daughters of Charity Health System as the parties submitted their takeover application to the California attorney general.

New glitches discovered at Covered California website

By Sacramento (Calif.) Business Journal  |  October 30, 2014

Less than three weeks before Covered California kicks off its second open enrollment, there are problems with the website. Some brokers have been unable to process special-circumstance enrollments, renewals or changes to existing accounts for over a week.

California Supreme Court declines to review Sutter data-breach case

By Sacramento (Calif.) Business Journal  |  October 28, 2014

The California Supreme Court dismissed a request to review a data theft class action against Sutter Health in one sentence, but the decision sends a bigger signal: there's no harm—or money to be had—unless there's evidence somebody used the stolen information.

Casting light on a simpler pricing system

Casting light on a simpler pricing system

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 25, 2014

Remember the excitement surrounding Castlight Health's initial public offering? Last March, the San Francisco startup's stock price soared when investors bought into the idea that online price transparency would transform the healthcare marketplace.

Data Points for Oct. 27, 2014

Data Points for Oct. 27, 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 25, 2014

Data Points for the week of Oct. 27, 2014, covered the following topics: latest healthcare stats on Ebola, health IT, CT usage and the uninsured.

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