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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.

Hospital sued after FCC tightens debt collection rules

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 30, 2016

The bar was raised for medical debt collectors last summer when the Federal Communications Commission issued a ruling that made it harder to dial patients on their cellphones without their express consent. Now a California-based hospital chain has become one of the first providers to be sued since the FCC's ruling.

U. of California Health expects gains despite shifting payer mix

U. of California Health expects gains despite shifting payer mix

By Beth Kutscher and Lisa Schencker  |  January 16, 2016

University of California Health is bullish on its future, even as the state's five medical centers confront a challenging payer mix that's rapidly shifting to Medicaid.The system is projecting growth as it comes off a building campaign and, like most health systems, continues to transition to value-based care.

CMS approves California's $6.2 billion Medicaid waiver

CMS approves California's $6.2 billion Medicaid waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 09, 2016

The CMS has signed off on California's Medicaid waiver, along with its decision to renew extra funding that supports the state's public safety net hospitals for only one year instead of five.

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