Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center nurses begin weeklong strike | Los Angeles Daily News
Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center will begin a one-week strike today as they push for their first contract as members of the California Nurses Association union—a tactic hospital officials called a disappointing attempt to disrupt patient care in the midst of contract talks.
Connecticut lawmakers press for release of hospital payments | Hartford (Conn.) Courant
Legislative leaders in Connecticut are continuing to press for the release of $140 million in payments by the state to hospitals. In the face of a mounting state deficit, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy suspended payments to the state's acute-care hospitals. The payments are part of a 2012 agreement to reimburse costs of care for the poor.
Illinois Supreme Court grants stay of hospital tax ruling | (Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette
The Carle health system and Presence Medical Center, which are projected to owe Urbana, Ill., taxing districts more than $10 million in property taxes this year, got an emergency rescue from the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday.
IBC to cover telemedicine consultations | Philadelphia Business Journal
Independence Blue Cross, the Philadelphia region’s largest health insurer, said Monday it is now offering coverage for some telemedicine services.
Telemedicine rapidly winning converts — except among Texas regulators | Dallas Morning News
State leaders like to say Texas is wide open for business, but that’s not the case with telemedicine. The Texas Medical Board, led by a panel made up largely of physicians, keeps putting up road blocks for this promising niche in health care. And that’s made Texas one of the most hostile states in the nation even as telemedicine rapidly wins more converts.
Colorado's doctors, rural providers brace for potential Medicaid cuts | Colorado Public Radio
Colorado’s economy is strong and revenues are rising. But due to a voter-approved limit on taxes, known as TABOR, the budget remains tight. The state is set reimburse taxpayers at least $191 million next year. This week, lawmakers will consider slashing budgets to meet that challenge. That includes payments to primary care doctors serving clients on Medicaid.
A mysterious cluster of deadly bloodstream infections in Wisconsin has set state and federal disease detectives scrambling to understand why a common and generally harmless microbe is suddenly wreaking such havoc. The outbreak has killed 15 people and sickened 33 others in a cluster of counties surrounding Milwaukee.
Georgia's lawmakers on Monday approved legislation that will allow more of the state's residents with advanced cancer to receive drugs such as the one used to treat former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.