City sues drugmaker for letting OxyContin flood black market

By Associated Press  |  March 14, 2017

Everett, a city in Washington, is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid pain medication OxyContin, in an unusual case that alleges the drugmaker knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market and the city of about 108,000. Everett alleges the drugmaker did nothing to stop it and...

Ghostly thrills draw visitors to abandoned hospital

Ghostly thrills draw visitors to abandoned hospital

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 29, 2016

Going to the hospital for a scheduled procedure can be scary enough. But the lure of a good fright is drawing droves of visitors to an abandoned hospital in rural Washington for ghost tours.

Other healthcare initiatives on state ballots

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 22, 2016

Health systems are asking California voters to approve Proposition 52, which would permanently extend Medi-Cal's hospital fee program. The fees paid by hospitals generate billions in federal matching funds that subsidize healthcare services for children, seniors and low-income citizens.

Wash. gets tentative OK for 'accountable health communities' waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 22, 2016

The CMS has granted Washington state preliminary approval to overhaul its Medicaid program. As part of the five-year waiver, for which it will receive $1.5 billion in federal funding, the state will launch delivery-system reform initiatives, leverage partnerships between providers and social groups...

Ascension sells hospitals in Idaho, Washington state

By Dave Barkholz  |  October 01, 2016

Ascension will sell hospitals in Idaho and Washington state to the for-profit hospital company created this summer through the merger of RegionalCare and Capella Healthcare.

States say Medicaid provider access rule is ineffective and burdensome

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 29, 2016

Some want to opt out of a CMS rule effective this week that's meant to ensure Medicaid beneficiaries have adequate access to care. State officials say the rule is outdated and a waste of administrative resources. But scofflaws could see their federal funds withheld if they don't comply.

Winning designs reflect two industry trends

Winning designs reflect two industry trends

By Joseph Conn  |  September 02, 2016

The 31st annual Modern Healthcare Design Awards winners this year reflected a pair of trends in U.S. healthcare: its growing international focus and the shift from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement embodied in the push toward ambulatory care.


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