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Iowa medical center devises strategy to reduce food waste

Iowa medical center devises strategy to reduce food waste

By Maureen McKinney  |  July 04, 2015

In 2012, roughly 12% of the food that the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics prepared went into the garbage. Faced with that sobering statistic—and a scathing article in a local newspaper about food waste at the hospital—the health system's leaders decided to make serious changes.

Medicaid plans struggle to provide mental health services

Medicaid plans struggle to provide mental health services

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 04, 2015

As low state reimbursement rates drive mental health providers away from Medicaid, managed-care plans taking over some state programs are looking for creative ways to deliver a service that many see as key to holding down overall costs.

King ruling dims ACA foes' legal hopes

King ruling dims ACA foes' legal hopes

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 27, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision upholding premium subsidies for Americans in all states doesn't necessarily drive a stake through the heart of all anti-Obamacare litigation, but legal experts agreed it does send a discouraging message to the law's legal foes.

Obama administration doubles down on ACA as King decision looms

Obama administration doubles down on ACA as King decision looms

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 10, 2015

In a contentious House hearing, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said President Barack Obama will not consider any GOP proposal to kill the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandates. But she said the administration may rely on Congress for a fix if it loses King v. Burwell.

Bonus bonanzas: Association CEOs got healthy pay raises in 2013

Bonus bonanzas: Association CEOs got healthy pay raises in 2013

By Michael Sandler  |  June 06, 2015

Median total pay for healthcare association chief executives earning $1 million or more increased 8.5% from 2012 to 2013, while total pay for all healthcare association CEOs jumped 18.9%, according to Modern Healthcare's analysis of the latest association tax reports.

New CMS rule could reshape Medicaid managed care

New CMS rule could reshape Medicaid managed care

By Virgil Dickson and Bob Herman  |  May 30, 2015

It's not yet clear whether a sweeping proposed rule governing Medicaid managed care will resolve coverage and access problems for the growing number of low-income adults and children in private Medicaid plans. But it's likely that there will be political jockeying over many of its provisions.

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