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Virginia governor signs bills aimed at stemming opioid epidemic

By Aurora Aguilar  |  February 25, 2017

Facing a growing opioid epidemic, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed bills that allow community organizations to dispense naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug and another measure that mandates all opioids be electronically prescribed by 2020.

Quest buys some PeaceHealth labs, will manage others

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 18, 2017

Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth has agreed to sell its laboratory services business to Quest Diagnostics and hire Quest to manage the 11 labs that it operates at its hospitals and ambulatory centers.

Georgia lawmakers seek  to cap Medicaid funding

Georgia lawmakers seek to cap Medicaid funding

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 11, 2017

Republican lawmakers in Georgia, empowered by their native son's confirmation as HHS secretary, want to be the first in the nation to seek a per-capita cap waiver for Medicaid.

Judge tells CMS to hold off on subsidized pay rule for dialysis

Judge tells CMS to hold off on subsidized pay rule for dialysis

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 28, 2017

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas ordered the CMS to hold off on a final rule requiring dialysis centers that help patients pay private insurance premiums to disclose what plans in their region pay for and how that compares to Medicaid and Medicare.

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.

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