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Dignity to pay $1.55 million over lost narcotic drugs
By Bob Herman | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dignity Health has agreed to pay $1.55 million to resolve claims it mishandled controlled substances.
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Loma Linda University Health unveils $1.2B capital plan
By Bob Herman | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Loma Linda (Calif.) University Health has launched a $1.2 billion capital plan, which by the year 2020 will rebuild two facilities, and create a new research center and a new wellness facility.
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Phoenix Children's, Arizona Blues team up to curb obesity
By Modern Healthcare | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In a rare direct payer-provider partnership, Phoenix Children's Hospital and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona are launching a medical home program to prevent childhood obesity.
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Legacy Health sees another year of healthy finances
By Modern Healthcare | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Legacy Health, Portland, Ore., fortified its already-sound financial position for its fiscal 2014 as many other not-for-profit hospitals and health systems struggled with their operations last year.
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Montana notifying 1.3 million of possible records hacking
By Modern Healthcare | June 28, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Montana officials said last week that they are notifying 1.3 million people that their personal information could have been accessed by hackers who broke into a state health department computer server.
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Walgreen to provide services to Arizona Priority Care
By Modern Healthcare | June 21, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Walgreen Co. has entered into a collaborative agreement to provide expanded services for Arizona Priority Care, the Phoenix-area affiliate of Marina del Rey, Calif.-based Heritage Provider Network.
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Providence expects more revenue after costly improvements
By Beth Kutscher | June 14, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Two ratings agencies have downgraded Providence Health & Services' bonds, citing the system's weaker financial performance in 2013 and higher debt burden.
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Stanford, ValleyCare Health in merger talks
By Bob Herman | June 07, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Stanford Hospital & Clinics and ValleyCare Health System have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to merge, marking Stanford's first foray into the community hospital M&A scene.
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Denver system's revenue up, operating income down, and other news
By Beth Kutscher and Bob Herman | May 31, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
SCL Health System, which has pruned its portfolio of hospitals during the past year, reported an increase in 2013 revenue but lower operating income because of higher expenses.
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Nevada cuts ties with Xerox
By Associated Press | May 24, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Nevada has severed ties with the operator of the state's problem-plagued health insurance exchange and will partner with the federal government for enrollments in the upcoming year.
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Calif. considers healthcare licensing for illegal immigrants
By Rachel Landen | May 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Illegal immigrants would be able to obtain a license to practice medicine from the state of California under a bill passed in the state Senate in early May.
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SEIU, California hospitals forge deal on organizing rules
By Melanie Evans | May 10, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West announced it will drop its push for two California ballot initiatives to cap hospital prices and executive compensation under a new deal with hospitals to create an organizing “code of conduct.”
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Regional News/West: Calif. Sen. Boxer heralds hospitals' efforts to boost safety
By Sabriya Rice | May 03, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Some California nurses now wear color-coded sashes to signal they cannot be interrupted while dispensing medication.
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Regional News/West: Colorado organizations to offer treatments targeted by DNA, and other news
By Andis Robeznieks and Paul Demko | April 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Four Colorado healthcare organizations planning a $63 million Center for Personalized Medicine aim to use patients' DNA to predict their risk of disease and develop targeted treatments based on the genetic information.
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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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