Aetna tells nearly 2,000 members it may lose access to a Boston hospital | Boston Business Journal
Aetna has informed over 1,800 of its members that they may no longer have access to Boston Children's Hospital. The national insurer said that it is running into difficulties negotiating a new contract with the pediatric hospital. The current contract is set to expire on Feb. 15.
In a stunning policy reversal, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is dropping his plan to tighten Medicaid eligibility rules for pregnant women. Less than 24 hours after delivering his budget address to the Legislature, Shumlin has scrapped a controversial plan that was designed to cut $5 million from the state's Medicaid budget.
Florida non-hospital birth center closing | (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press
The inviting spaces at The Baby Love Birth Center in Cape Coral, Fla., have seen more than 800 babies born since 2007, a testament to the popularity of this non-hospital center among Southwest Florida's mothers-to-be. Today, though, the rooms are empty—and likely for good.
Direct primary physician debuts with monthly fee for care | Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Business
After 15 years in traditional primary-care practice, Dr. Kimberly Legg Corba took a chance this month and became a direct primary care physician. Direct primary care is not a substitute for health insurance, but rather a medical service developed 20 years ago to act as a backup mechanism for primary-care patients who have high-deductible health insurance plans.
Plight of geriatric units in Virginia puts spotlight on state mental hospitals | Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch
Virginia could be vulnerable to increased federal scrutiny of its mental health system unless the state begins to consolidate public hospital care, especially for elderly people with mental illness, the state's top behavioral health official warned legislators.