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St. Jude Medical lowers outlook because of sluggish overseas sales
By Bob Herman | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Narrow network including Mayo to debut on Minn. exchange
By Bob Herman | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Gundersen Health freezes fossil fuel investments
By Bob Herman | October 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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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Cadence's margin thinned before Northwestern merger
Bob Herman | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The operating margin at Cadence Health, Winfield, Ill., narrowed slightly in its fiscal 2014, ended June 30, but the two-hospital system, now part of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, still tallied healthy metrics overall.
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Closure of Indiana proton center seen as sign from insurers
Jaimy Lee | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center will close in December, marking the first time a proton-beam therapy center in the U.S. has shut its doors since the rapid proliferation of the costly treatment centers began a decade ago.
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Northeast News
 
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Aetna drops Delaware Medicaid plan
By Bob Herman | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Aetna will shut down its Delaware Medicaid plan by year-end after the insurer and the state couldn't agree on new managed-care rates.
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Pa. Medicaid expansion plans struggle to sign up providers
By Virgil Dickson | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Medicaid managed-care plans providing coverage under Pennsylvania's Medicaid expansion are struggling to find enough hospitals and physicians for their networks.
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New York wins OK to begin revamping Medicaid system, and other news
Modern Healthcare | October 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
After 18 months of negotiations with the federal government, New York state has received permission from regulators to implement a vast revamping of its healthcare delivery system in a bid to lower Medicaid costs.
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UPMC-Highmark feud prompts company to drop insurer
Bob Herman | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Erie Indemnity Co., an Erie, Pa.-based company that provides automobile, home and life insurance, has decided to drop Highmark as the health plan for its 4,600 employees because of the ongoing blood feud between insurer Highmark and hospital giant UPMC. Its decision could be a harbinger of what other Western Pennsylvania employers will do next year as they seek to find shelter from the fallout of the battle.
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UPMC merger plan would improve its reach north of Pittsburgh
Bob Herman | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Pittsburgh-based UPMC and Jameson Health System, New Castle, Pa., have signed a letter of intent to merge, a move that would beef up UPMC's provider dominance north of the city.
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Southern News
 
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CMS monitors Baylor's efforts to curb rate of 'eloped' psych patients
By Sabriya Rice | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas has until the end of October to demonstrate to the CMS that it has addressed lapses that have allowed significant numbers of untreated psychiatric patients to walk out of its emergency department without staff realizing they had left.
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HCA closing Florida hospital, citing excess capacity
Bob Herman | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For-profit hospital giant HCA announced plans to close one of its Florida hospitals because of excess inpatient capacity in the region—a sign that healthcare reform continues to push patient volumes away from inpatient hospital settings and toward lower-cost outpatient facilities.
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Wake Forest, WakeMed, Vidant form non-ownership alliance
Beth Kutscher | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Three health systems in North Carolina have formed a non-ownership alliance that will allow them to share back-office functions while still maintaining their independence.
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Va. governor tries narrower path after Medicaid expansion blocked
Virgil Dickson | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor, has given up on his attempt to expand Medicaid on his own without the support of the GOP-led General Assembly.
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FTC aims to unwind Phoebe Putney deal in Georgia
Bob Herman | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Federal Trade Commission has withdrawn its agreement resolving a high-profile antitrust dispute with Phoebe Putney Health System.
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Western News
 
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Dignity, Tenet, Ascension detail Arizona Carondelet deal
By Melanie Evans | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dignity Health would invest $30 million in cash and take a minority stake in a proposed Arizona joint venture with Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Ascension Health, according to a bond offering by Dignity.
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L.A. County free clinic system to use medical-home model
By Adam Rubenfire | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Los Angeles County is expanding and overhauling its free health program for low-income, uninsured residents. It's one of very few in the U.S. that extends healthcare to residents living in the U.S. illegally and thus don't qualify for the coverage options under the healthcare reform law.
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St. Joseph Health loses $16 million on operations
By Bob Herman | October 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
St. Joseph Health, Orange, Calif., reported it lost more than $16 million from operations in its most recent fiscal year. But its new affiliation with a regional provider wasn't the cause for the decline.
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Intermountain, Cerner team up for Defense EHR bid
Joseph Conn | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Cerner Corp., one of several major electronic health-record system vendors competing for a multibillion-dollar contract to replace the Military Health System's EHR, has entered what it terms a “strategic agreement” on its bid with Intermountain Healthcare.
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Washington State University OKs new medical school plan
Modern Healthcare | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Washington State University's board of regents unanimously approved the administration's controversial effort to start a new medical school in Spokane, citing the “dire need” for more doctors in the state.
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