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Report alleges poor care by Illinois prison system

By Michael Sandler  |  May 23, 2015

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.

Illinois behavioral health providers to merge

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 09, 2015

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.

Cleveland Clinic, Piedmont create cardiac-care alliance

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 28, 2015

The Cleveland Clinic has agreed to a cardiovascular-care alliance with Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare. Clinical policies, treatment protocols and research opportunities will be shared between the clinic and the Piedmont Heart Institute.

Illinois governor proposes $1.5 billion in Medicaid cuts

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 21, 2015

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner last week proposed $1.5 billion in cuts to Illinois' Medicaid program, saying the state will become more aggressive in ferreting out current Medicaid recipients who do not qualify for the program.

HCA Midwest, Kansas City foundation reach charitable care settlement

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 14, 2015

Kansas City's largest healthcare network, HCA Midwest Health, will pay a local healthcare foundation $15 million to settle allegations that it didn't provide the level of charitable and uncompensated care to the community required by a 2003 purchase agreement.

Whistle-blower lawsuit filed against Cardinal Health unit

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 07, 2015

A division of Ohio-based Cardinal Health has been named in a whistle-blower lawsuit for alleged violations of federal healthcare fraud and abuse laws, according to a company Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Ohio attorney general sues over Obamacare tax

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 31, 2015

Applying a tax to state and local governments designed to help keep premiums affordable under the federal healthcare law is unconstitutional, Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine claimed in a lawsuit last week.

Trinity expanding risk-based care through Heritage partnership

By Bob Herman  |  January 17, 2015

Trinity Health, an 86-hospital Catholic system based in Livonia, Mich., has signed a definitive joint venture agreement with Heritage Provider Network to advance its strategy of coordinating care for specific groups of patient

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