Governor suspends $140 million in payments to Connecticut hospitals | Connecticut Mirror
Responding to shrinking tax revenue, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration suspended about $140 million in payments to Connecticut's acute-care hospitals this week.
New Hampshire House panel approves extending Medicaid expansion | New Hampshire Union Leader
Extending the New Hampshire's Medicaid expansion program for two more years took another step forward Thursday when the House Finance Committee voted 18-8 to approve House Bill 1696.
Florida Senate lobs 'telehealth' bill back to House | Florida Politics
The Florida Senate on Thursday sent back the House's “telehealth” bill, aimed at allowing doctors to treat patients virtually, rather than in person. But the bill's chances look iffy this session. The Senate continues to insist that Florida-licensed physicians, rather than out-of-state health care providers, should care for Florida residents.
Wisconsin health officials search for source of mysterious, deadly infections | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin and federal health officials are scrambling to learn how a bacteria linked to 18 deaths and 44 cases of infection in southern Wisconsin, has been spreading.
Massachusetts regulators want performance-based healthcare—or else | Boston Business Journal
Massachusetts' Health Policy Commission is crafting "performance improvement plans" to curb spending among the state's healthcare providers. They'll select some providers–excluding hospitals–based on an analysis including medical expenses, pricing and market share. Those chosen will have 18 months to show improvement or they're hit with a fine of up to $500,000.
Virginia Mason CEO Gary Kaplan outlines vision for merger implementation | Yakima (Wash.) Herald
Virginia Mason CEO Gary Kaplan visited Yakima, Wash., on Thursday to offer more detail about what the community might expect as the Seattle hospital begins implementing its merger with Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
Dallas anesthesiologist found guilty in $10 million health care fraud | Dallas Morning News
Dr. Richard Toussaint, who co-founded the Forest Park Medical Center chain that crumbled into bankruptcy last year, was found guilty Thursday of committing a $10 million healthcare fraud.