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California voters reject proposal to limit drug prices

California voters reject proposal to limit drug prices

By Maria Castellucci and Shelby Livingston  |  November 12, 2016

Voters rejected California's controversial drug price measure, putting an end to an expensive ballot initiative that sought to appeal to a public increasingly frustrated by high drug prices.

Wash. gets tentative OK for 'accountable health communities' waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 22, 2016

The CMS has granted Washington state preliminary approval to overhaul its Medicaid program. As part of the five-year waiver, for which it will receive $1.5 billion in federal funding, the state will launch delivery-system reform initiatives, leverage partnerships between providers and social groups and expand options for long-term services and supports.

ACLU can intervene in Utah drug database access lawsuit

By Erica Teichert  |  October 15, 2016

A federal judge in Utah ruled that the American Civil Liberties Union could intervene in the Drug Enforcement Administration's attempt to sift through Utah's prescription drug database without obtaining a search warrant. Under Utah law, enforcement agencies need a warrant—not a subpoena, as the DEA has requested—before they can search the sensitive information.

Ascension sells hospitals in Idaho, Washington state

By Dave Barkholz  |  October 01, 2016

Ascension will sell hospitals in Idaho and Washington state to the for-profit hospital company created this summer through the merger of RegionalCare and Capella Healthcare.

Prime challenges feds on whistle-blower lawsuit

Prime challenges feds on whistle-blower lawsuit

By Erica Teichert  |  September 10, 2016

The DOJ alleged in June that the Ontario, Calif.-based health system had a “culture” that pressures its physicians to admit Medicare beneficiaries to 14 of its hospitals for inpatient stays when they should be on shorter outpatient observation visits, and those billings are false Medicare claims.

It's a struggle to find docs under Calif. aid-in-dying law

It's a struggle to find docs under Calif. aid-in-dying law

By Harris Meyer  |  August 20, 2016

A San Diego woman's harrowing account of her aunt's death last month under California's new physician aid-in-dying law suggests that healthcare providers still have a long way to go to make the process work smoothly for terminally ill patients.

Border hospitals advised of rights involving body-cavity searches

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 30, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union sent letters to healthcare systems last week that operate 110 hospitals in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas advising them of their rights when confronted by federal agents requesting they perform body-cavity searches.

Calif. to get nearly $2B in uncompensated-care funds

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 23, 2016

For the next four years, California's public hospitals will collectively receive up to $472 million annually to cover hospital visits for the uninsured as part of a waiver meant to reform the state's Medicaid program.

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.

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