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Regional News/West: Insurers aid fight against Calif. ballot initiative
By Paul Demko | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A political battle looms over whether regulators in the nation's most populous state will have the authority to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, a power that could make a difference in the fate of the Obamacare insurance exchanges.
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Regional News/West: Providence hit by payment cuts, fewer patients
By Beth Kutscher | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Providence Health & Services reported that its operating income came in lower than expected in 2013 as flat inpatient volumes and an adverse payer mix depressed gains.
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Regional News/West: University of California hospitals dodge second patient-care tech worker strike
By Rachel Landen | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
University of California hospitals narrowly avoided a recent strike after university officials reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing patient-care technical workers.
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Regional News/West: Washington hospitals required to post wide range of policies, and other news
By Beth Kutscher and Rachel Landen | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As of last week, hospitals in Washington state were required to post their policies on reproductive healthcare, end-of-life care, nondiscrimination, charity care and admissions.
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Regional News/West: UCSF looking to expand on site adjacent to new medical center
By Rachel Landen | March 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The University of California at San Francisco is in the planning stages of acquiring and developing a site across from its UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, a children's, women's and cancer hospital complex that is still under construction itself.
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Regional News/West: Wash. county to pay $215,000 over HIPAA violations
By Joseph Conn | March 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Office for Civil Rights at HHS has reached a $215,000 settlement with Washington state's Skagit County following a security breach of 1,581 local patients' personally identifiable medical information, according to the federal agency.
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Regional News/West: Providence Health takes on St. John's Health Center
By Beth Kutscher | March 08, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash., has added another hospital to its group, assuming sponsorship of St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Regional News/West: Truven rescinds '100 Top' status for Calif. hospital sanctioned by state
By Andis Robeznieks | March 01, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Truven Health Analytics has rescinded its 100 Top Hospitals recognition over the past two years for Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, Calif., a facility owned by the 20-hospital for-profit Prime Healthcare Services system.
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Regional News/West: Two Ariz. health IT networks announce affiliation
By Rachel Landen | February 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Arizona Health-e Connection and Health Information Network of Arizona announced their formal affiliation last week.The two statewide health information exchange organizations will operate together but will remain as separate legal entities. The affiliation was first approved by their respective boards in November 2013.
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Regional News/West: Banner agrees to acquire Casa Grande Regional, and other news
By Melanie Evans and Beth Kutscher | February 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Arizona's largest health system agreed to an $87 million deal for Casa Grande (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Feb. 4.
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Regional News/West: McLaren Health Care takes stake in SharedClarity, and other news
By Jaimy Lee and Beth Kutscher | February 08, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
McLaren Health Care Corp. is the latest health system to take an ownership stake in SharedClarity, a joint venture that pairs UnitedHealthcare's claims data with clinical data, medical studies and physician input to improve purchasing decisions for high-priced medical devices.
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Regional News/West: California to fund research in stem-cell genomics
By Associated Press | February 01, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The state of California is preparing to invest up to $40 million in a new scientific field that backers say could revolutionize medicine and lead to personalized medical treatments.
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Regional News/West: Four insurers receive bulk of California enrollments
By Paul Demko | January 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Four insurance companies received 96% of enrollments through California's exchange during the first three months of operations.Anthem Blue Cross of California captured the largest share of business, with 30.7% of enrollments, trailed closely by Blue Shield of California, which captured 29.2% of customers. Kaiser Permanente (19.3%) and Health Net (16.5%) were third and fourth.
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Regional News/West: Daughters of Charity seeks buyers for its five hospitals, assets
By Melanie Evans | January 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Daughters of Charity Health System announced it is up for sale, but the buyer won't be Ascension Health, which has been a strategic consultant to the struggling California health system for more than a year.
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Regional News/West: UCSF to work with Quest to develop marker tests
By Jaimy Lee | January 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Quest Diagnostics and the University of California at San Francisco will work together to develop new diagnostic tests, a collaboration that pairs an academic research organization with the world's largest diagnostic services provider. The organizations will focus on developing tests that may include the use of imaging or other technologies in workups and take into account specific biomarkers or other genetic indicators of disease, as well as clinical and population research.
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Regional News/West: Reno gunman claimed he was victim of botched surgery, and other news
By Gregg Blesch and Rachel Landen | December 21, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A shooting rampage that killed a Reno, Nev., doctor and critically injured another was committed by a man who claimed to suffer from a botched surgical procedure. Police identified the gunman, who ended the attack by turning a pistol-grip shotgun on himself, as 51-year-old Alan Oliver Frazier. Police discovered a suicide note at his home in Plumas County, Calif., about 130 miles northwest of Reno.
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Regional News/West: Cedars-Sinai, UCLA opening inpatient rehab facility
By Rachel Landen | December 07, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Cedars-Sinai Health System and UCLA Health System are forming a partnership to open a 138-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation facility in the former Century City Hospital, Los Angeles.
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Regional News/West: Former hospital exec to help fix Cover Oregon exchange
By Associated Press | November 23, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is bringing in executive help to get Oregon's surprisingly troubled health insurance exchange going.Kitzhaber said Friday that Greg Van Pelt, former chief executive of Providence Health & Services' Oregon division, will “lend his expertise and provide an independent, outsider's view of Cover Oregon.”
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Regional News/West: Lovelace Health System to sell health plan to Health Care Service Corp.
By Paul Demko | November 16, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Lovelace Health System in New Mexico is getting out of the insurance business with a deal to sell its affiliated health plan to Health Care Service Corp., the fourth-largest insurance company in the country in terms of membership.
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Regional News/West: Scripps Health in talks to acquire El Centro
By Beth Kutscher | November 09, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
El Centro (Calif.) Regional Medical Center, one of the last city-owned hospitals in the state, is in talks with Scripps Health to become the San Diego-based system's fifth hospital.The deal would make it easier for the 165-bed medical center to borrow money and finance long-term projects, said Kathleen Pipkin, a spokeswoman for the hospital. Being a municipal hospital “hamstrings us and we're not able to do the things we need to do.”
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