California has won approval from the Obama administration to extend full Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant women, patching a glitch in the Affordable Care Act that left many women with limited coverage.
Arizona is launching a technology outreach strategy to help Medicaid beneficiaries better manage their illnesses, including a mobile app. Experts say the initiative's success will vary widely for a population that may not have smartphones.
Covered California enrollees will see their premiums increase 4% in 2016, exchange officials said last week.
There are new talks between Utah's Republican governor, Gary Herbert, and GOP lawmakers about expanding Medicaid, but political observers are skeptical about the prospects for legislative approval.
Ascension Health, Dignity Health and Tenet Healthcare Corp. have reached a definitive agreement in a joint venture that would make Tenet the majority owner of the Carondelet Health Network in Arizona.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has raised concerns about the availability of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) at hospitals that serve her constituents in Washington state. Advocates say a lack of resources has made this a problem nationwide.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week acted to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.
California's Assembly approved a hotly contested bill last week requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.
Primary-care providers say an expansion of Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented children in California will help them serve a population that is flooding the system. But low Medi-Cal payment rates could limit the value of expansion.
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is joining the list of California hospitals taking steps to minimize water usage during one of the most severe droughts the state has ever faced.
Sodas and other sugary drinks contribute to serious health problems, San Francisco supervisors determined, as they voted unanimously last week to approve health warnings on advertising for such beverages.
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, Banning, Calif., has entered exclusive affiliation discussions with Loma Linda (Calif.) University Health and Adventist Health.
NextCare Holdings, a Mesa, Ariz.-based urgent-care and occupational medical services provider, has acquired three facilities in Arizona, allowing it to provide services to more than 90% of the state's population.
Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, Calif., has completed its merger with ValleyCare Health System, a single-hospital system in Pleasanton, Calif.
Kindred Healthcare and Dignity Health have agreed to build a 50-bed rehabilitation hospital in Chandler, Ariz. through a joint venture.
Providence Health & Services saw operating margin gains last year as it treated more patients and reduced its bad debt, particularly in states that expanded their Medicaid programs.
Health officials have declared California's measles outbreak over, but the state's legislative response is just getting started.
A federal appeals court denied St. Luke's Health System's request for a rehearing before a full panel of judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, raising the possibility that the system might take its widely watched antitrust fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Los Angeles County isn't giving all hospitals their fair share of property tax dollars meant to help expand trauma centers, an area hospital alleged in a claim filed last week against the county and its board of supervisors.
The physician owner of a Nevada clinic linked to a deadly hepatitis C outbreak pleaded guilty in federal court April 2 to Medicare fraud.