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Northeast News

New York health employers want state to pay for wage hike

By Caroline Lewis, Crain's New York Business  |  January 30, 2016

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for raising the minimum wage in New York to $15 for all public- and private-sector employees during his State of the State address last month, the audience cheered. But healthcare employers are not yet ready to join the celebration.

Gov. Christie vetoes New Jersey hospital tax exemption law

Gov. Christie vetoes New Jersey hospital tax exemption law

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 23, 2016

New Jersey hospitals fear that Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill mandating that not-for-profit hospitals contribute to local municipalities instead of paying property taxes could lead to years of expensive legal action.

Jefferson, Aria Health agree to merger

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 23, 2016

Two Philadelphia-based systems, Aria Health and Jefferson, which includes Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, have agreed to merge, a move expected to impact healthcare delivery and medical research in the local market.

UPMC, Health Catalyst partner to measure costs

By Michael Sandler  |  January 16, 2016

UPMC and Health Catalyst have formed a strategic partnership in an effort to measure and analyze the true costs of healthcare services, a process that could become increasingly useful with looming bundled-payment models.

Meridian Health completes acquisition of Raritan Bay

By Melanie Evans  |  January 09, 2016

Meridian Health completed its acquisition of Raritan Bay Medical Center, one of two deals set in motion last year that will make the system one of the largest in New Jersey.

Two Pennsylvania systems reach merger agreement

By Katherine Davis  |  December 19, 2015

Pocono Health System, East Stroudsburg, Pa., and Lehigh Valley Health Network, based in Allentown, Pa., announced last week that they have signed a merger agreement expected to close in the first half of 2016. The systems signed a letter of intent in May.

Maine co-op cuts off individual enrollment

By Bob Herman and Maria Castellucci  |  December 12, 2015

Community Health Options, a not-for-profit co-op insurance company based in Maine that also sells health plans in New Hampshire, will limit individual enrollments this month because of “higher-than-expected claims costs.”

Lahey computer theft leads to HIPAA settlement

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 05, 2015

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center has agreed to pay $850,000 in a settlement with HHS' Office for Civil Rights to resolve alleged privacy and security violations stemming from the theft of a laptop computer with unencrypted patient records.

Another insurer will leave N.Y. Medicaid initiative

By Jonathan LaMantia / Crain's New York Business  |  November 28, 2015

A fifth health insurer has dropped out of an ambitious but struggling Medicaid reform program that targets New Yorkers with high medical costs.

Care New England, Southcoast consider merger

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 21, 2015

Care New England Health System of Providence, R.I., and Southcoast Health System of New Bedford, Mass., announced last week that they are exploring a merger.

Harvard Pilgrim forms venture with New Hampshire systems

By Melanie Evans and Michael Sandler  |  October 10, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot Health System and Frisbie Memorial Hospital will jointly own a new company with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care that will share clinical information and financial risk for 80,000 New Hampshire residents to support population-health efforts.

N.Y. dual-eligibles demo enrollment dropping

By Andis Robeznieks and Virgil Dickson  |  October 03, 2015

New York's experiment to better coordinate care for low-income and disabled state residents who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare is losing hundreds of beneficiaries.

North Shore-LIJ system rebranding as Northwell Health

By Melanie Evans  |  September 19, 2015

North Shore-LIJ Health System is dropping the references to its origins in its name as the system rapidly expands. The Great Neck, N.Y.-based system will spend “tens of millions of dollars” to brand the parent company of its 21 hospitals, employed doctors and health insurance arm as Northwell Health.

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