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Kaiser, Prime drop legal battles over unfair competition

Kaiser, Prime drop legal battles over unfair competition

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 14, 2015

Prime Healthcare Services and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan have taken a step back from their ongoing legal feuds and agreed to dismiss lawsuits against each other and go to binding arbitration.

Sutter, Blue Shield end feud, agree to two-year contract

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 07, 2015

Sutter Health, a 24-hospital not-for-profit California health system, and Blue Shield of California have come to an agreement after a monthlong feud over price increases and new contract terms.

L.A. County moves closer to consolidating agencies

L.A. County moves closer to consolidating agencies

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 24, 2015

Los Angeles County voted last week to further consider the integration of its public-health and mental-health agencies with its Department of Health Services, which runs the county's hospitals and clinics.

Oregon Medicaid reforms achieving saving goals

By Andis Robeznieks  |  January 17, 2015

Oregon's 380,000 new Medicaid enrollees are younger and healthier than anticipated, so the influx into the state's coordinated-care system did not negatively affect its ability to meet targeted savings of $11 billion over 10 years, the state reported.

Mental-health workers plan strike at Kaiser facilities

Mental-health workers plan strike at Kaiser facilities

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 10, 2015

Approximately 2,600 Kaiser Permanente mental-health employees, upset by what they allege is chronic understaffing in Kaiser's mental-health clinics, plan to launch a weeklong strike in California starting Jan. 12.

U. of California system sees surplus double

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 03, 2015

The University of California medical centers, which include the state's five public teaching hospitals, more than doubled their combined operating surplus on higher patient volume and payment rates in their fiscal 2014.

Tight expense management helps boost surplus at Sutter

By Beth Kutscher  |  December 20, 2014

Sutter Health, a 24-hospital system based in Sacramento, Calif., has continued to improve its operating performance through the first nine months of the year, cutting expenses to overcome flat revenue growth.

Two Wash. public hospitals finalize their alliance

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 13, 2014

In what officials say is likely Washington state's first-ever merger of two public hospitals, Kirkland-based EvergreenHealth and Valley General Hospital, Monroe, have completed a merger they began working on in 2012.

Kaiser to staff clinics in California Target stores

Kaiser to staff clinics in California Target stores

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 22, 2014

Kaiser Permanente is moving into the retail clinic business, teaming up with big-box retailer Target Corp. to open four store-based locations in California that will use telemedicine to go beyond traditional in-store clinic services.

Banner, University of Arizona deal to close in January

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 22, 2014

Phoenix-based Banner Health's $1 billion acquisition of the University of Arizona Health Network, Tucson, is expected to close on Jan. 31, Banner's CEO said in a memo to employees last week.

Cedars-Sinai surplus falls as overall expenses rise

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 15, 2014

Rising expenses led to a 19% drop in the operating surplus of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles during its recently concluded fiscal 2014, as the center saw more outpatient care amid declining inpatient stays.

Health Net's bottom line hurt by outsourcing agreement

By Bob Herman  |  November 08, 2014

Health Net lost $8.9 million in the third quarter, compared with a $66.8 million profit in the year-ago period, as the insurer incurred millions of dollars in expenses tied to a new outsourcing contract.

Details emerge on Prime Healthcare, Daughters of Charity deal

Details emerge on Prime Healthcare, Daughters of Charity deal

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 01, 2014

More details were revealed last week about Prime Healthcare Services' proposed acquisition of Daughters of Charity Health System as the parties submitted their takeover application to the California attorney general.

Dignity, Tenet, Ascension detail Arizona Carondelet deal

By Melanie Evans  |  October 18, 2014

Dignity Health would invest $30 million in cash and take a minority stake in a proposed Arizona joint venture with Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Ascension Health, according to a bond offering by Dignity.

L.A. County free clinic system to use medical-home model

L.A. County free clinic system to use medical-home model

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 11, 2014

Los Angeles County is expanding and overhauling its free health program for low-income, uninsured residents. It's one of very few in the U.S. that extends healthcare to residents living in the U.S. illegally and thus don't qualify for the coverage options under the healthcare reform law.

St. Joseph Health loses $16 million on operations

By Bob Herman  |  October 04, 2014

St. Joseph Health, Orange, Calif., reported it lost more than $16 million from operations in its most recent fiscal year. But its new affiliation with a regional provider wasn't the cause for the decline.

Intermountain, Cerner team up for Defense EHR bid

By Joseph Conn  |  September 27, 2014

Cerner Corp., one of several major electronic health-record system vendors competing for a multibillion-dollar contract to replace the Military Health System's EHR, has entered what it terms a “strategic agreement” on its bid with Intermountain Healthcare.

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