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Kaiser expands clinic services to Target stores

Kaiser expands clinic services to Target stores

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 20, 2014

Kaiser Permanente is moving into the retail clinic business, teaming up with big-box retailer Target Corp. to open store-based locations in California that will use telemedicine to go beyond traditional in-store clinic services.

Insurers draw heat for error-riddled provider directories

By Bob Herman  |  November 19, 2014

A ruling in California that two major health insurers failed to give consumers accurate information about providers participating in their plan networks could force others in the industry to quickly improve their protocols.

Cedars-Sinai surplus falls as overall expenses rise

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 15, 2014

Rising expenses led to a 19% drop in the operating surplus of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles during its recently concluded fiscal 2014, as the center saw more outpatient care amid declining inpatient stays.

'Bad behavior' obstructs dual-eligible tests

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 15, 2014

The CMS' test of improved care coordination for low-income, disabled Americans covered by both Medicare and Medicaid has faced a lot of challenges. The federal official in charge has revealed one more: Some providers are trying to dissuade beneficiaries from participating.

Pioneer ACOs can recruit seniors under new test

By Melanie Evans  |  November 15, 2014

Since it began three years ago, Medicare's test of accountable care hasn't asked beneficiaries who are not assigned to an accountable care organization whether they want to voluntarily enroll.

Kindness could be more than a placebo

Kindness could be more than a placebo

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 15, 2014

If surgery, medication and other treatments aren’t working for a patient, physicians may want to try a little tenderness.

Striking nurses air Ebola grievances with prime organizing target: Kaiser

Striking nurses air Ebola grievances with prime organizing target: Kaiser

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 12, 2014

Thousands of nurses at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics in northern California walked out to draw attention to what the California Nurses Association describes as the system's lack of preparation for Ebola. Kaiser officials say they're puzzled by the demands.

This again? Supreme Court takes up Obamacare future

This again? Supreme Court takes up Obamacare future

By Lisa Schencker , Melanie Evans and Paul Demko  |  November 08, 2014

It's anyone's guess whether the U.S. Supreme Court will invalidate or uphold federal premium subsidies in 36 states when it hears King v. Burwell next year.

Top-performing hospitals know how to use teamwork

Top-performing hospitals know how to use teamwork

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 08, 2014

The creation of multidisciplinary teams and the focus on standardizing best practices is paying off at hospitals that rose to the top of this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 50 top cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.

Voters nix California healthcare initiatives, approve measures in other states

By Adam Rubenfire and Steven Ross Johnson  |  November 08, 2014

Voters in a number of states decided on a variety of hotly contested state ballot initiatives last week, including measures to regulate health insurance rate increases, hike medical liability damage caps, restrict abortions, make experimental medical treatments more available to patients, and...

Health Net's bottom line hurt by outsourcing agreement

By Bob Herman  |  November 08, 2014

Health Net lost $8.9 million in the third quarter, compared with a $66.8 million profit in the year-ago period, as the insurer incurred millions of dollars in expenses tied to a new outsourcing contract.

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