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California OKs Aetna deal, but will Anthem merger be nixed?

California OKs Aetna deal, but will Anthem merger be nixed?

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Aetna's acquisition of Humana is creeping toward the finish line, getting an approval early last week from one of California's health insurance regulating bodies. The insurer's approval process stands in stark contrast to Anthem's purchase of Cigna Corp.

Ore. hospitalist union plans picket in quest for contract

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 11, 2016

Unionized hospitalists at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend plan a one-day picket this month, an action that management calls surprising given progress toward the group's first contract.

Patients can't access records after N.M. clinics close

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 04, 2016

The former patients of a chain of New Mexico clinics that filed for bankruptcy are having trouble accessing their medical records, and legal experts say consumers may have little recourse.

Arizona court rules hospitals can file some Medicaid liens

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 28, 2016

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that hospitals can go after lawsuit settlements to get additional reimbursement for the costs of providing care for some patients covered by the state's Medicaid program.

California Gov. Jerry Brown preserves Medi-Cal funds in budget cuts

California Gov. Jerry Brown preserves Medi-Cal funds in budget cuts

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 21, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown trimmed the state's proposed budget for fiscal 2017 after projecting a decrease in tax revenue for the coming year, but he awarded more money for value-based payment initiatives and behavioral health programs.

Arizona joins rest of nation with children's health plan

By Associated Press  |  May 14, 2016

Arizona has joined the 49 other states that offer a federal health insurance program for low-income children after backers of the plan pushed it through the state Legislature earlier this month and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed it into law.

Tainted scopes suspected in California deaths

Tainted scopes suspected in California deaths

By Aurora Aguilar  |  May 07, 2016

At least three patients at a Southern California hospital died last year in a bacterial outbreak suspected to be related to tainted medical scopes made by Olympus Corp.

UCSF receives $185M for new neurosciences institute

By Michael Sandler  |  April 30, 2016

The University of California at San Francisco announced last week that it has received a $185 million donation from Sanford and Joan Weill to help build the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences and to advance other projects.

Covered California to exclude hospitals with high C-section rates

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 23, 2016

Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange, will exclude hospitals with high rates of C-sections in an effort to reduce the number of medically unnecessary cesarean births, which can be costly and carry higher risks for mother and baby.

Calif. minimum wage hike to affect 440,000 workers

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 02, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, increasing pay for more than 440,000 healthcare workers in the state.

Two Calif. hospitals hit by ransomware attacks

By Aurora Aguilar  |  March 26, 2016

The networks of two Prime Healthcare Services hospitals in Southern California were hit by “ransomware,” but a system spokesman said patient records weren't compromised.

Chicago's Mount Sinai teams up with CeaseFire

By Katherine Davis, Crain's Chicago Business  |  March 26, 2016

To provide better counseling and support services to patients and families afflicted by violence, Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago is partnering with CeaseFire Illinois to help those individuals cope with post-trauma grief.

California's Tri-City Medical reverses operating loss

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 26, 2016

As Tri-City Medical Center appoints its third CEO in as many years, its most recent earnings report shows a hospital taking steps toward a financial turnaround but still operating with razor-thin margins.

Providence, biomed group team up on genomics

Providence, biomed group team up on genomics

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 19, 2016

Providence Health & Services hospital system is hoping that the promise of personalized medicine will boost its ability to manage the health and wellness of the populations it treats.

Oregon co-op files risk corridor payment class-action suit

Oregon co-op files risk corridor payment class-action suit

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 27, 2016

A shuttered Oregon co-op health plan filed a class-action lawsuit against the federal government last week, saying that it and other insurers are owed as much as $5 billion in risk corridor payments.

Calif. hospital pays ransom to unlock its IT network

Calif. hospital pays ransom to unlock its IT network

By Joseph Conn  |  February 20, 2016

A Los Angeles hospital's computers are up and running again after it paid a $17,000 ransom in bitcoins to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its network. The gambit isn't new, but it appears to be on the rise, especially in healthcare.

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