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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, continues to register a positive year, with the most substantial growth seen in the hospital system's insurance arm.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Nurses and other employees at Daughters of Charity Health System have filed a class-action suit, arguing that their employer underfunded its pension plan and a sale would further jeopardize their retirement benefits.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Washington State University's board of regents unanimously approved the administration's controversial effort to start a new medical school in Spokane, citing the “dire need” for more doctors in the state.
Physicians in California are fighting back against a plan to appoint an outside staffing firm to manage physician contracts at up to 12 hospitals owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp.
Responding to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash., has agreed to modify provisions of its partnership agreement with Washington State University and lift restrictions on healthcare services that are contrary to Catholic religious doctrine at a new teaching clinic in Spokane.