Florida hospital panel quietly concludes work with list of 'observations' | (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union
A commission created last year by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to “investigate and advise on the role of taxpayer funding for hospitals, insurers and healthcare providers” concluded its work Tuesday by quietly approving six pages of “observations.” The panel found that healthcare is not a free-market system and that price transparency is needed.
State pulling plug on new N.Y. hospital? | Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch
The Utica, N.Y., area might not be getting a new hospital. The governor has developed new plans for the $300 million allocated for the hospital in the fiscal year 2016 budget, according to a statement released today by the New York State Department of Health.
Kaiser Permanente to expand in Georgia | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente plans an expansion in Gwinnett County, Ga., involving more than 700 jobs over several years, three people with knowledge of the situation told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The expansion is expected to be formally announced Thursday by Gov. Nathan Deal, local leaders and company officials.
Defunct Texas hospital looks at new options for future | (Wichita Falls, Texas) Times Record News
Bowie (Texas) Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees is wasting no time in exploring new options for the sale of the hospital. This week the board contracted with a broker to gather potential investors to buy the hospital using a federal tax credit program.
Illinois hospitals move forward with affiliation | St. Louis Business Journal
Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill., is moving forward with an affiliation with a hospital in neighboring Staunton, seeking approval for the move from state regulators.
Advocates push to expand Medicaid in North Carolina | Greensboro (N.C.) News and Record
North Carolina's failure to expand Medicaid already has cost its residents billions of dollars in lost business opportunity, shrunken government revenues and increased healthcare costs, a panel of health-care advocates said Tuesday.
Ohio doctors urged to prescribe fewer pain pills | Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
New state guidelines encourage Ohio doctors to prescribe fewer and less-powerful narcotic painkillers and to consider alternative treatments, including other medications and therapy.
Patients caught in middle of hospital contract dispute in Indiana | Times of Northwest Indiana
When Community Healthcare System and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield had failed to reach a new contract, it left businessmen like Joe Kelleher of Hammond, Ind., scrambling to find coverage for his workers, who were technically out of network at the system's three Northwest Indiana hospitals.