Louisiana Health Cooperative, the state's not-for-profit health plan created through the Affordable Care Act, will close by year-end. LAHC is the second co-op casualty in less than a year, and a sign that many other co-ops are on life support.
One large health system in North Carolina is ready to launch a Medicare Advantage plan, and two others are mulling the pros and cons of entering the insurance business.
A Miami hospital has announced it will investigate the possible leak of a National Football League player's medical record after it was tweeted out by an ESPN anchor.
Ascension intends to sell two of its Pacific Northwest hospitals to for-profit Capella Healthcare.
Baptist Health System and Tenet Healthcare Corp. have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture that will operate a healthcare network serving Birmingham and central Alabama.
West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the U.S., according to a report released last week, further spotlighting Appalachia's festering drug-abuse problem that is also fueling a rise in hepatitis C in one of the nation's poorest regions.
Arkansas will not, for the time being, impose cost-sharing on Medicaid expansion beneficiaries below the federal poverty level.
Leaders at Tennessee-based systems Wellmont Health System and the Mountain States Health Alliance have taken the unusual step of requesting public input to identify gaps in care that a merger between them could solve.
The CMS is appearing to blink in its stare-down with Florida over Medicaid expansion. The agency informed state officials last week that it tentatively plans to renew a waiver that has provided Florida billions in supplemental Medicaid funding to help hospitals with uncompensated-care costs.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has assembled a commission to survey the healthcare and hospital economics in the state, and none of the appointees are hospital executives or lawmakers.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott followed through last week on his threat to file a lawsuit alleging HHS is illegally trying to coerce the state into expanding Medicaid eligibility by threatening to end funding for hospitals that care for low-income patients.
The Texas Medical Board's recent decision to limit the practice of telemedicine runs counter to the national trend. Most states are seeking to expand their use of such services to increase healthcare access and reduce costs.
Kaiser Permanente Georgia, a branch of the Oakland, Calif.-based healthcare giant, plans to open a 157,000-square-foot information technology campus in midtown Atlanta, creating 900 jobs in health IT by 2019.
To address an ongoing faculty controversy, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is considering adding a new layer to its tenure-renewal process, but it also plans to keep its current system of renewing faculty appointments every seven years, a senior institution official said.
Phoebe Putney Health System will keep the Albany, Ga., hospital whose acquisition gave it a monopoly there.
Hospitals in Maryland are seeing impressive progress in reducing readmission rates and preventing patient harm from hospital-acquired infections, medication errors and other safety events, according to a report released last week by the state's hospital association.
An activist investor pushing for change at Brookdale Senior Living has put forward a slate of three nominees for the company's board to help usher in a corporate restructuring.
The nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient with it filed a lawsuit last week against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked.
Five Maryland-based health systems plan to form a non-ownership alliance to strengthen their performance under the state's global budget reimbursement system.
The CMS will not renew a Medicaid waiver in Florida expiring in June that provides more than $1 billion a year to help the state's hospitals cover uncompensated-care costs for low-income and uninsured patients.