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Fla. gov signs law shielding patients from surprise bills

Fla. gov signs law shielding patients from surprise bills

By Harris Meyer  |  April 16, 2016

The movement to protect consumers from surprise medical bills won a major victory last week when Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bipartisan bill that will exempt patients from having to pay balance bills from out-of-network providers in certain situations.

W.Va. hospitals agree to settle antitrust suit

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 16, 2016

St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va., and Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center have agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit accusing them of illegally coordinating marketing campaigns for various services in the areas where they compete.

FTC pauses its challenge of W. Va. hospital merger

FTC pauses its challenge of W. Va. hospital merger

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 02, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission will hold off on its challenge of a West Virginia hospital merger while it examines a new state law that aims to protect the deal from federal antitrust scrutiny.

W.Va. antitrust law could ease FTC scrutiny of hospital deal

W.Va. antitrust law could ease FTC scrutiny of hospital deal

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 26, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission must soon decide whether to continue challenging a merger between two West Virginia hospitals or drop the fight following the passage of a state law meant to shield such mergers from federal antitrust action.

Hospital deregulation effort fails in Va. Legislature

By Aurora Aguilar  |  March 12, 2016

Virginia state lawmakers have thwarted an effort to loosen government oversight of new or expanded healthcare facilities in the state. Virginia is one of 36 states that maintain a certificate-of-need program.

Arkansas voters boost odds to keep Medicaid expansion

Arkansas voters boost odds to keep Medicaid expansion

By Harris Meyer  |  March 05, 2016

Supporters of Arkansas' pioneering Medicaid expansion program were relieved by the outcome of last week's election on Super Tuesday, with most Republican state legislative primary contests resulting in victories for pro-expansion candidates.

Broward Health's struggles prompt Moody's downgrade

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 05, 2016

The embattled Broward Health system has received more bad news. Moody's Investors Service last month downgraded its bond rating, citing changing leadership, heightened scrutiny on the system and losses from a recent legal settlement.

WellCare buys South Carolina Medicaid plan

By Bob Herman  |  February 27, 2016

WellCare Health Plans has acquired Advicare Corp., a Medicaid managed-care company based in South Carolina, marking WellCare's first acquisition in almost two years.

Aetna wins key Florida approval, but Humana bid far from settled

By Bob Herman and Maria Castellucci  |  February 20, 2016

The Medicare-heavy state of Florida has given its blessing to Aetna's $37 billion acquisition of Humana on the condition that Aetna expands its health plan offerings in the state's insurance exchanges.

Broward Health board votes to discuss FBI probe in private

Broward Health board votes to discuss FBI probe in private

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 13, 2016

The board of the embattled Broward Health public hospital system in South Florida plans to hold a private meeting to discuss issues surrounding an FBI investigation into the system, despite the objections of the board’s chairman.

Mercy inks virtual-care deal with UNC HealthCare

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 13, 2016

UNC HealthCare, based in Chapel Hill, N.C., is expanding its telemedicine program through a partnership with Mercy Virtual, the virtual care arm of the Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy system.

10 Kentucky systems team up in statewide collaborative

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 30, 2016

Baptist Health and LifePoint Health are among 10 Kentucky health systems forming a collaborative they say will combat the state's poor health outcomes by sharing best practices and reducing the costs of care.

Teladoc's lawsuit against Texas Medical Board to proceed

By Dave Barkholz and Lisa Schencker  |  December 19, 2015

A federal judge last week rejected the Texas Medical Board's request to jettison a lawsuit filed against it by Teladoc over the board's new restrictions on the practice of telemedicine in the state.

Private equity firm Apollo completes RegionalCare deal

By Dave Barkholz  |  December 12, 2015

Investment fund Apollo Global Management has completed its purchase of RegionalCare Hospital Partners, an eight-hospital system based in Brentwood, Tenn. Terms were not disclosed.

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