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UPMC Health Plan forms venture with Reading Health

UPMC Health Plan forms venture with Reading Health

By Shelby Livingston  |  November 26, 2016

Provider-owned insurer UPMC Health Plan and Reading Health System will jointly offer health insurance to employers and individuals in southeastern Pennsylvania.

South Dakota governor rejects Medicaid expansion

South Dakota governor rejects Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 19, 2016

Dennis Daugaard, a Republican who had been supportive of expanding Medicaid eligibility in his state, last week changed his mind after hearing the incoming Trump administration's plans for repealing or reforming the ACA.

Advocate, NorthShore vow to continue fight to merge

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  November 19, 2016

Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem, both in the Chicago area, will continue their fight to merge and become one of the largest systems in the nation, despite a recent court ruling that weakened their case.

Longtime Silver Cross CEO retiring; fought for hospital's independence

Longtime Silver Cross CEO retiring; fought for hospital's independence

By Kristin Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  October 29, 2016

Paul Pawlak, who has led Silver Cross Hospital for nearly 30 years, is retiring next year. Pawlak has fiercely guarded the independence of the hospital, which is located about 40 miles from downtown Chicago in New Lenox, Ill.

Class-action suit can move forward in NorthShore merger case

By Erica Teichert  |  September 17, 2016

Although the Chicago-area hospital group claimed the organizations’ allegations were made outside of the time limit, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang said the case can go forward under a 2004 Federal Trade Commission antitrust challenge of the deal.

Mercy Health's surplus falls in aftermath of insurance exit

By Bob Herman  |  August 27, 2016

The operating margin at Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio, fell to a slim 0.9% in the first half of this year. Higher labor expenses and the residual effects from a divested insurer hurt the not-for-profit system.

Northwestern pays $3.3 million in overdose death case

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 13, 2016

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago agreed to pay $3.3 million in damages after a jury determined a pharmaceutical error led to the overdose and death of a 56-year-old man.

Ohio urology group hack linked to right-wing Ukrainian group

By Joseph Conn  |  August 06, 2016

A tweet posted by @pravsector contained a screen shot of a spreadsheet page with two dozen patients' names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, their insurance carriers and insurance ID numbers, and for some, abbreviated diagnoses such as “prostate” or “sex drive.”

Faith-based systems ask SCOTUS to take pension-plan cases

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 30, 2016

Advocate Health Care in Illinois and St. Peter's Healthcare System in New Jersey want the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether their pension plans should be exempt from certain federal protections for workers.

Illinois Obamacare plan to fold after 3-year run

Illinois Obamacare plan to fold after 3-year run

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  July 16, 2016

Land of Lincoln Health, an Obamacare insurer launched three years ago to bring competition to the online exchange in Illinois, is liquidating amid big financial losses.

Illinois insurance regulators try to save co-op plan

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain’s Chicago Business  |  July 09, 2016

The Illinois Department of Insurance is binding the hands of Land of Lincoln Health in an effort to prevent the struggling Obamacare startup from folding.

New Indiana Medicaid contracts snub UnitedHealthcare

New Indiana Medicaid contracts snub UnitedHealthcare

By Bob Herman  |  June 18, 2016

Indiana awarded new managed Medicaid contracts to four out of five bidding private health insurers. UnitedHealthcare was the lone company to miss the cut because its proposed costs were too high.

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