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Louisiana co-op health plan latest to announce shutdown

By Bob Herman  |  August 01, 2015

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.

West Virginia leads nation in overdose deaths

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 20, 2015

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.

CMS signals change in stance over Florida Medicaid waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 23, 2015

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. Scott sues HHS over Medicaid dispute

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 02, 2015

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.

Texas board imposes new limits on telemedicine

Texas board imposes new limits on telemedicine

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 18, 2015

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 to build IT campus in Atlanta

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 18, 2015

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.

MD Anderson plans changes to resolve faculty conflict

MD Anderson plans changes to resolve faculty conflict

By Andis Robeznieks  |  April 11, 2015

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.

Maryland hospitals make big patient-safety improvements

By Sabriya Rice  |  March 28, 2015

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.

Brookdale investor targets board in restructuring bid

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 21, 2015

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.

Maryland systems team up for population health

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 28, 2015

Five Maryland-based health systems plan to form a non-ownership alliance to strengthen their performance under the state's global budget reimbursement system.

Florida hospitals seek options after CMS nixes Medicaid waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 21, 2015

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.

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