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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.

FTC drops its challenge of W. Virginia hospital merger

FTC drops its challenge of W. Virginia hospital merger

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 09, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission is dropping its challenge of a West Virginia hospital merger in light of the passage of a state law meant to protect the deal from federal antitrust scrutiny.

Kindred wins bid to privatize Arkansas home health business

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 25, 2016

Kindred Healthcare has agreed to buy the state of Arkansas' home health operations in a privatization move that would put the company's facilities in 70 counties across the state, compared with the four it currently covers.

Florida Blues reports $471 million profit on ACA plans in 2015

By Bob Herman  |  June 18, 2016

The Affordable Care Act's exchanges have not been a bust for every health insurer. Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliate made a profit of almost a half-billion dollars on the ACA's new individual plans last year.

Aetna forms joint venture with Texas Health Resources

By Bob Herman  |  June 04, 2016

National health insurer Aetna and Texas Health Resources, a 27-hospital not-for-profit system based in Arlington, have agreed to jointly own and operate a new health plan designed to steer patients to specific providers.

Georgia hospitals, doctors, plan new clinical data exchange

By Dave Barkholz  |  May 28, 2016

A physician-hospital organization affiliated with Navicent Health in Macon, Ga., is partnering with Stratus Healthcare to potentially offer information technology services to doctors and rural hospitals in southern Georgia, the groups announced last week.

Georgia lawmakers consider Medicaid expansion plans

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 21, 2016

To better provide healthcare to Georgia's surging population and as a way to balance the state's budget, conservative lawmakers are renewing temporary Medicaid payment increases and looking at expanding the program, a Republican state Senate leader said.

CMS grants Texas' Medicaid waiver extension

By Aurora Aguilar and Virgil Dickson  |  May 07, 2016

The CMS has awarded Texas a 15-month extension waiver that will help cover the unpaid bills of Medicaid-eligible and uninsured patients in the state.

Georgia governor OKs funds for anti-abortion centers

By Aurora Aguilar  |  April 30, 2016

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that allows the state to provide funds to centers that offer medical and other services to pregnant women while discouraging them from getting abortions.

Saving Medicaid expansion in Ark. required killing it first

Saving Medicaid expansion in Ark. required killing it first

By Harris Meyer  |  April 23, 2016

Arkansas' Republican-controlled Legislature, including Democratic members, voted last week to kill the state's successful Medicaid expansion. But it was just a tactic to get around a minority of conservative GOP senators who had enough votes to end the expanded program.

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