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.
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.
A national effort to promote greater hospital engagement in addressing racial healthcare disparities has been fully embraced by Maryland's community healthcare providers.
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 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.
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.
Warning that providers could lose billions of dollars in reimbursement, Texas is seeking an emergency 15-month waiver from the CMS that would extend financing for programs designed to cover the unpaid bills of Medicaid-eligible patients who haven’t signed up for the program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta plans to use a $75 million gift to build a specialty heart center that it hopes would be on par with the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she plans to sign a state bill banning most abortions past 19 weeks.
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.
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.
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 Health Plans has acquired Advicare Corp., a Medicaid managed-care company based in South Carolina, marking WellCare's first acquisition in almost two years.
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.
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.
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.