Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is proposing to raise taxes on independent doctors and dentists, provide more low-income women with long-acting birth control, and cut some pregnant women from Medicaid to fill a Medicaid gap of $50 million to $60 million in the fiscal 2017 budget.
New York mayor’s budget allots $337M for struggling hospitals | New York Post
New York City is pumping an extra $337 million into the municipal hospital system to keep it afloat, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday as he presented his $82.1 billion preliminary spending plan for fiscal 2017.
State prisons turn to telemedicine for safety, savings | Government Technology
Most states have turned to telemedicine to some extent for treating prisoners—often in remote areas, where many prisons are located—because it allows doctors to examine them from a safe distance. As more doctors participate, healthcare becomes more available for inmates.
Kansas will seek recertification of Osawatomie State Hospital | Kansas City (Mo.) Star
Plans are underway to seek Medicare recertification for Osawatomie State Hospital, a process that could take three to six months, a Kansas official told a joint legislative committee Thursday. The CMS told the hospital in November that Medicare would stop reimbursements for patient care because of safety issues.
New hospitals planned for Indiana towns following CHS-IU Health deal | South Bend (Ind.) Tribune
New hospitals are on the drawing board for the Indiana towns of LaPorte and Knox. Thor Thordarson, president and CEO of IU Health LaPorte Hospital, would not reveal when construction might begin because of a confidentiality agreement with Community Health Systems, which will become majority owner of the hospitals in the spring.
Kaiser Permanente bringing call center to Georgia | Gwinnett Daily Post (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Kaiser Permanente will open a new member services center this fall in Duluth, Ga., bringing more than 600 jobs to the Atlanta area.
Kennedy Health said to be next to join Jefferson | Philadelphia Inquirer
New Jersey’s Kennedy Health System will be joining the Thomas Jefferson University system, say industry sources. This deal is the Philadelphia system's fourth since CEO Stephen Klasko led the breakup of the former Jefferson Health System in 2014.