Midwest News

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.

Medical Mutual, MetroHealth launch insurance product

By Crain's Cleveland Business  |  June 11, 2016

In the wake of the demise of the HealthSpan insurance enterprise, Medical Mutual of Ohio and the MetroHealth System in Cleveland are hoping to scoop up some of that business with a new product—dubbed CLECare—that both parties say will offer roughly 15% lower premiums compared with other insurance products.

Closing arguments heard in Chicago-area antitrust case

Closing arguments heard in Chicago-area antitrust case

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 28, 2016

Attorneys for two Chicago-area hospital systems argued in federal court last week that a recent decision in a similar antitrust case in Pennsylvania supports the systems' case for being allowed to merge.

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