Two Kentucky cardiologists have agreed to pay $380,000 to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by entering into bogus management agreements with an area hospital in exchange for referring their patients to that hospital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Federal Trade Commission has withdrawn its agreement resolving a high-profile antitrust dispute with Phoebe Putney Health System.
Central Georgia Health System has rebranded itself as Navicent Health, a name conceived to help the system better connect with patients.
The number of Arkansas residents signing up for federal Supplemental Security Income benefits has dropped 19% since October 2013, which some state officials are attributing to expanded Medicaid eligibility.
Revenue at Palmetto Health, a four-hospital system based in Columbia, S.C., increased 1.9% in the first nine months of its fiscal 2014, which ended June 30.
Cabell Huntington (W.Va.) Hospital has initiated talks to acquire its cross-town competitor, St. Mary's Medical Center.
Not-for-profit Inova Health System, Falls Church, Va., recorded lofty gains in its operating and total surplus in the first half of fiscal 2014 as its expenditures dropped year-over-year, the system reported.
HealthSouth Corp., a publicly traded operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, raised its financial projections for 2014 after announcing strong results in the first half of the year.
A “rogue” gynecologist's secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with about 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said last week.
A new Kentucky state law that expands prescribing authority for advanced practice registered nurses took effect last week.
CHI St. Vincent Health System, Little Rock, Ark., a subsidiary of Catholic Health Initiatives, said it would lay off about 2% of its workforce and eliminate several other jobs as it integrates a previously acquired hospital.
In another change to a medical policy with little consistency across the country, South Carolina now limits how much healthcare providers can charge patients for their medical records.
While large regional and national health systems continue to look for acquisition targets, one Florida system that has gotten its financial house in order has opted to go it alone, at least for now.
Tennessee-based post-acute-care manager naviHealth has launched a new research center focused on policy issues and providing a forum for best practices within the field.
Physician outsourcing firm EmCare has purchased Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Phoenix Physicians in a $170 million cash transaction.
Duke LifePoint Healthcare has closed on its acquisition of Rutherford Regional Health System, Rutherfordton, N.C., marking its sixth transaction since its inception three and a half years ago.