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Feds OK Calif. fix for Medicaid pregnancy glitch

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 15, 2015

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 hopes technology will help Medicaid patients

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 08, 2015

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.

Utah Medicaid expansion plan still alive

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 25, 2015

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, Dignity, Tenet reach definitive deal on Carondelet

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 18, 2015

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.

Senator cites lack of nurses trained in sexual assault cases

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 11, 2015

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.

Restrictive Calif. vaccine bill clears key legislative hurdle

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 27, 2015

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.

Calif. plans to expand coverage for undocumented children

Calif. plans to expand coverage for undocumented children

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 20, 2015

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.

Burbank hospital dives into water conservation efforts

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 20, 2015

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.

San Francisco votes to put health warnings on sugary drinks

By Associated Press  |  June 13, 2015

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.

Calif. public hospital affiliates with two systems

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 06, 2015

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, Banning, Calif., has entered exclusive affiliation discussions with Loma Linda (Calif.) University Health and Adventist Health.

NextCare expands to serve most of Arizona

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 30, 2015

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 adds ValleyCare

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 23, 2015

Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, Calif., has completed its merger with ValleyCare Health System, a single-hospital system in Pleasanton, Calif.

Providence gets boost from Medicaid expansion

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 02, 2015

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.

St. Luke's loses bid for rehearing in failed antitrust case

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 25, 2015

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.

L.A.-area hospital challenges distribution of trauma center funds

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 18, 2015

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.

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