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Centura to open hybrid ED/urgent-care centers

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 14, 2015

Like many systems, Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health is turning to retail-oriented healthcare to offer more convenient, accessible care.

Utah's Arches health plan is 10th co-op to close

By Bob Herman  |  October 31, 2015

Another gravestone has been added to the Affordable Care Act's co-op plan cemetery. Arches Health Plan in Utah will shut down by the end of the year, the state said last week.

Banner strives to improve U-Arizona performance

By Beth Kutscher , Lisa Schencker and Virgil Dickson  |  October 24, 2015

Phoenix-based Banner Health issued new bonds last week to refinance older debt, including the short-term loans it used to fund two recent acquisitions.

Activist investor seeking sale of top air ambulance company

By Bob Herman  |  September 19, 2015

Voce Capital Management, a San Francisco-based hedge fund, has asked air ambulance company Air Methods Corp. to consider selling itself to a private equity firm and avoiding the transparency of being a public company.

Medtronic buys devicemaker focused on aneurysm treatment

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 05, 2015

In its second acquisition in just under a week, Dublin-based medical-device maker Medtronic has purchased Medina Medical, a California device company focused on aneurysm treatment.

Banner aims to cut costs from UAHN as earnings lag

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 29, 2015

Banner Health is working to cut costs from its newly acquired University of Arizona Health Network as the academic medical center's losses weigh on the system's finances.

Feds OK Calif. fix for Medicaid pregnancy glitch

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 15, 2015

California has won approval from the Obama administration to extend full Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant women, patching a glitch in the Affordable Care Act that left many women with limited coverage.

Arizona hopes technology will help Medicaid patients

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 08, 2015

Arizona is launching a technology outreach strategy to help Medicaid beneficiaries better manage their illnesses, including a mobile app. Experts say the initiative's success will vary widely for a population that may not have smartphones.

Utah Medicaid expansion plan still alive

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 25, 2015

There are new talks between Utah's Republican governor, Gary Herbert, and GOP lawmakers about expanding Medicaid, but political observers are skeptical about the prospects for legislative approval.

Ascension, Dignity, Tenet reach definitive deal on Carondelet

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 18, 2015

Ascension Health, Dignity Health and Tenet Healthcare Corp. have reached a definitive agreement in a joint venture that would make Tenet the majority owner of the Carondelet Health Network in Arizona.

Senator cites lack of nurses trained in sexual assault cases

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 11, 2015

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has raised concerns about the availability of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) at hospitals that serve her constituents in Washington state. Advocates say a lack of resources has made this a problem nationwide.

Restrictive Calif. vaccine bill clears key legislative hurdle

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 27, 2015

California's Assembly approved a hotly contested bill last week requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Calif. plans to expand coverage for undocumented children

Calif. plans to expand coverage for undocumented children

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 20, 2015

Primary-care providers say an expansion of Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented children in California will help them serve a population that is flooding the system. But low Medi-Cal payment rates could limit the value of expansion.

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