Florida Senate panel rejects CON overhaul | Florida Health News
With hospitals, nursing homes and hospice providers lined up in opposition, a Florida Senate panel rejected a proposed overhaul of a key regulatory process for new healthcare facilities.
Iowa Medicaid privatization more extensive than most other states | (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Gazette
When defending his plan to shift management of the state's $5 billion Medicaid program to private companies, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad often says 39 other states have taken similar action. Only a handful of states, however, have moved as many Medicaid patients to private management as Iowa has planned.
Two weeks after suing private insurers for improperly denying costly drugs to patients with hepatitis C infections, Seattle lawyers have expanded the fight to Washington state's Medicaid provider.
A grand jury has indicted a former surgical tech whose alleged drug tampering spurred a Colorado hospital to warn thousands of patients that they could have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.
Louisiana safety net hospitals consider walking away from state contracts | New Orleans Times-Picayune
Several of Louisiana's privatized safety net hospitals, including University Medical Center in New Orleans and Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, are considering walking away from their contracts with the state under "best case" budget cut scenarios being debated in the Legislature.
Tufts Health Plan will revise its coverage policies and pay a $90,000 fine after settling allegations from the attorney general's office that the health insurer restricted treatment for autism services.
Teen health van delivers more than medical care to homeless youth | National Public Radio
The tour bus, whose medical director hails from Stanford University, administers free medical, nutrition and mental health services to thousands of young, homeless Californians, many of whom have never been tended by a physician. One van visitor credits it with helping her get treated for depression; she now is working on her master's degree in counseling psychology.
Wisconsin system explores building new hospital | (Appleton, Wis.) Post-Crescent
ThedaCare, Appleton, Wis., is strongly considering building a new regional hospital in the Fox Cities that would replace both Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.