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SSM's Oklahoma strategy has St. Louis flavor

By Dave Barkholz  |  November 19, 2016

An impending marriage between Catholic-sponsored SSM Health and the Oklahoma University Medical Center will create a $1.6 billion system that positions SSM in Oklahoma City similarly to its hubs in St. Louis and Madison, Wis.

N.C. Blues says feds' risk-corridor case is 'revisionist history'

N.C. Blues says feds' risk-corridor case is 'revisionist history'

By Erica Teichert  |  November 05, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department recently said the insurer's lawsuit and several others over the controversial three-year program are premature, since payments allegedly won't be due until next year at the earliest. But the North Carolina Blues said that argument runs afoul of the Affordable Care Act and the history of the risk-corridor program.

Feds double down on lawsuit against Carolinas HealthCare

By Dave Barkholz and Erica Teichert  |  October 29, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department urged a North Carolina federal judge to take a closer look at Carolinas HealthCare System's steering provisions in insurer contracts and to ignore the health system's pleas for a quick escape from the government's lawsuit.

Texas Medical Board drops appeal against Teladoc lawsuit

By Dave Barkholz and Erica Teichert  |  October 22, 2016

The Texas Medical Board last week withdrew its appeal against Teladoc's lawsuit that alleges the state's telemedicine rules violate federal antitrust laws, sending the dispute back to a federal trial court.

Carolinas HealthCare blasts feds' challenge to contracts

Carolinas HealthCare blasts feds' challenge to contracts

By Erica Teichert  |  October 15, 2016

Carolinas HealthCare System is fighting back against a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department that alleges the system imposed anti-competitive contract requirements on insurers, saying a federal appeals court has rejected the government's arguments.

FTC opposes proposed merger of Mountain States, Wellmont

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 08, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission has recommended that Virginia regulators reject the proposed merger of two large regional systems that operate in the state: Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System.

Acadia partners with hospitals to offer psychiatric services

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 24, 2016

Acadia Healthcare, the nation's largest for-profit owner of psychiatric hospitals, is embarking on a strategy of entering joint ventures with not-for-profit hospital systems to open psychiatric beds.

Emory Healthcare teams up with Stratus hospitals

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 03, 2016

Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare is partnering with Stratus Healthcare, an affiliation of 21 hospitals around Georgia, to develop a clinically integrated network and strengthen access to specialty care.

Orlando hospitals will pay Pulse shooting victims' medical bills

Orlando hospitals will pay Pulse shooting victims' medical bills

By Maria Castellucci and Shannon Muchmore  |  August 27, 2016

Orlando Health, which includes Orlando Regional Medical Center, one of the two emergency departments closest to the mass shooting, estimates it will swallow more than $5 million worth of unreimbursed medical care.

Carolinas HealthCare asks court to discuss antitrust suit

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 13, 2016

Carolinas HealthCare System, North Carolina's largest hospital chain, has filed a motion asking a federal court to dismiss a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit alleging the system illegally imposes contract requirements on insurers to hinder competition.

Slyter steps down as Baton Rouge hospital CEO after moment in spotlight

By Dave Barkholz  |  August 06, 2016

Mark Slyter has abruptly stepped down as CEO of Baton Rouge (La.) General after a three-year tenure that saw the health system negotiate an impending affiliation with Ochsner Health System and repurpose a downtown hospital for a post-acute campus.

Florida Zika cases may put added strain on safety net providers

Florida Zika cases may put added strain on safety net providers

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 06, 2016

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said evidence indicates mosquito-borne transmissions occurred within a few blocks in Miami. The CDC has warned people to avoid travel to the area.

Border hospitals advised of rights involving body-cavity searches

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 30, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union sent letters to healthcare systems last week that operate 110 hospitals in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas advising them of their rights when confronted by federal agents requesting they perform body-cavity searches.

$1 billion Medicare fraud conspiracy alleged in Miami

By Erica Teichert  |  July 23, 2016

The owner of more than 30 skilled-nursing and assisted-living facilities in the Miami area and two co-conspirators have been charged for their involvement in a $1 billion Medicare fraud and money laundering scheme, federal prosecutors said late last week.

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