Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last week vetoed legislation passed nearly unanimously by the Legislature requiring state-funded coverage of medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction.
Iowa's Department of Human Services has awarded Medicaid managed-care contracts to AmeriHealth Caritas, Anthem, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare Health Plans, a move that will funnel the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program into the hands of private insurers.
MercyRockford Health System, the product of a January merger between Mercy Health and Rockford (Ill.) Health System, plans to transfer most of its acute-care services to a new $400 million “destination campus.”
Five large, independent physician groups in Ohio are collaborating to ensure their survival against the increasing employment of physicians by health systems.
Chicago-based Swedish Covenant Hospital is expanding its Immediate Care Center program, joining a growing list of hospitals investing in urgent-care operations.
St. Jude Medical has forged a $3.4 billion deal to acquire cardiovascular device company Thoratec to diversify its portfolio of heart failure disease-management products.
Ohio will seek a waiver from the CMS allowing the state to drop adult Medicaid beneficiaries who don't pay into a health savings account, regardless of their income.
The Affordable Care Act has provided a much-needed boost to public providers such as the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, the two-hospital public system that serves Chicago and its surrounding communities.
Nashville-based behavioral healthcare provider Centerstone has completed its merger with WellSpring Resources, a mental-health provider based in Alton, Ill., but leaders are concerned that the newly combined business will be affected by a protracted budget battle in the Illinois Legislature.
Illinois lawmakers should create a state-based health insurance exchange and consider renting certain functions of HealthCare.gov if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against federal subsidies in states that haven't set up their own marketplaces.
Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health and Stanton County Hospital, Johnson City, Kan., have signed an affiliation agreement expected to allow the hospital to expand clinical services.
Protesters barricaded themselves in an administrative building at the University of Chicago last week in continued calls to establish an adult trauma center serving the city's South Side.
SSM Health, a growing four-state health system, will expand its operations in St. Louis in a proposed deal with St. Louis University.
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare of Chicago has signed a letter of intent to affiliate with two-hospital KishHealth system in DeKalb, Ill.
Indiana's rural Scott County, currently the epicenter of an HIV outbreak, received approval last week to operate the first needle-exchange program allowed under a new state law.
A report issued last week by court-approved researchers provides a detailed look at medical care in Illinois prisons, outlining delays in treatment, desultory follow-up care and poor record-keeping. The filing claims a host of issues could have cut short the lives of some inmates.
The Mayo Clinic, which diligently cut expenses over the past year, started to see those costs creep up again in the first quarter of 2015.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week denied ProMedica's request to review a ruling that found the Ohio health system's 2010 hospital acquisition violated antitrust laws.
Three major not-for-profit behavioral-health organizations in Illinois announced last week that they have signed a letter of intent to merge, citing rising costs, uncertain reimbursement and the need to invest in new technology and infrastructure.
The Illinois Hospital Association and the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council plan to merge.