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St. Luke's heart transplant program changes chief after patient deaths

By Associated Press  |  October 22, 2018

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive after a series of media reports on an unusual number of patient deaths.

Texas fines Humana for out-of-network anesthesiology bills

Texas fines Humana for out-of-network anesthesiology bills

By Harris Meyer  |  October 11, 2018

Humana agreed to pay Texas a $700,000 fine for failing to maintain an adequate number of in-network anesthesiologists at its contracted hospitals in four counties, which led to patients receiving surprise out-of-network bills.

Texas Blues insurer delays new ER payment policy

Texas Blues insurer delays new ER payment policy

By Shelby Livingston  |  June 01, 2018

The Richardson, Texas-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, a subsidiary of Health Care Service Corp., will hold off on implementing a new ER payment policy for 60 days at the request of Texas Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan.

20 states sue federal government to abolish Obamacare

20 states sue federal government to abolish Obamacare

By Erica Teichert  |  February 26, 2018

Twenty states sued the federal government to scrap the Affordable Care Act, claiming the repeal of the individual mandate's tax penalty rendered the law unconstitutional.

CMS renews Texas uncompensated-care waiver that Obama opposed

CMS renews Texas uncompensated-care waiver that Obama opposed

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 22, 2017

The CMS has granted Texas a five-year renewal of a Medicaid waiver worth $25 billion that reimburses hospitals for uncompensated-care costs. The waiver's future was in doubt under the Obama administration.

Disaster aid coming piecemeal to hard-hit hospitals

Disaster aid coming piecemeal to hard-hit hospitals

By Susannah Luthi  |  December 15, 2017

Months after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the losses at Florida and Texas hospitals are large and still not fully counted. It's still unclear when and how much aid they will receive.

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