Midwest News

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

Allina Health outsources IT in 10-year gain-sharing deal, and other news

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 10, 2015

Allina Health, a 12-hospital system based in Minneapolis, is outsourcing its information technology data warehousing, analytics and performance improvement areas to Health Catalyst, Salt Lake City, in a deal designed to foster cost cutting and quality improvements.

CHE Trinity Health becomes Trinity Health

By Melanie Evans  |  November 22, 2014

The health system created through the 2013 merger of Catholic Health East and Trinity Health announced it will name itself Trinity Health.

University of Mich., nurses sign Ebola working conditions pact

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 15, 2014

In what may be the first such agreement in the U.S., the University of Michigan Health System has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state's nurses union that sets guidelines for staffing, benefits, training and working conditions in the event that the system's Ann Arbor medical center receives a potential Ebola patient.

Honeywell's wellness testing penalities survive court challenge

Honeywell's wellness testing penalities survive court challenge

By Lisa Schencker  |  November 08, 2014

Honeywell International can continue, for now, to impose penalties on employees who refuse to undergo biometric testing as part of its wellness program, a U.S. District Court judge in Minneapolis decided last week.

St. Jude Medical lowers outlook because of sluggish overseas sales

By Bob Herman  |  October 18, 2014

St. Jude Medical, a prominent manufacturer of heart products and other medical devices, reported sluggish international sales growth in its third quarter, which forced the company to lower its revenue projections for the rest of the year.

Narrow network including Mayo to debut on Minn. exchange

By Bob Herman  |  October 11, 2014

Health insurer Medica is rolling out a new narrow-network plan in Minnesota—an increasingly common option—with the Mayo Clinic as a central enticement to draw in potential enrollees.

Gundersen Health freezes fossil fuel investments

Gundersen Health freezes fossil fuel investments

By Bob Herman  |  October 04, 2014

Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis., will freeze all future investments in fossil fuels as part of an energy strategy that executives said will help “set the standard for environmental stewardship in healthcare.”

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