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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.

Intermountain Healthcare's finances had big gains in 2014

By Bob Herman  |  March 28, 2015

SelectHealth, the health insurance division of Intermountain Healthcare, closed 2014 with a sizable top-line gain after it added thousands of members to its growing lineup of benefit options.

Banner Health sees revenue, operating surplus rise

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 21, 2015

Banner Health, the 24-hospital, Phoenix-based system that recently completed its acquisition of the University of Arizona Health Network, reported a higher operating surplus for 2014 as its payer mix improved and revenue grew 5.9%.

Idaho system to cut beds through hospital conversion

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 07, 2015

Four-hospital St. Alphonsus Health System plans to convert an acute-care hospital in Nampa, Idaho, to an ambulatory center and spend $80 million to build a hospital at its other campus in the southern Idaho city.

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.

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