Signups exceed expectations for Montana's Medicaid expansion | National Public Radio
Montana's new Medicaid expansion just got its first progress report, and it is exceeding expectations. Initial projections were for about 23,000 of the state's estimated 70,000 Medicaid-eligible residents to take up the new coverage in its first year. Instead, in the first quarter, since its rollout on Jan. 1, enrollment is at 38,298.
Alabama Blues members will pay more at 18 hospitals starting in April | AL.com
A change in the rankings of 18 hospitals by the state's largest insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, could result in higher out-of-pocket costs for patients across the state.
Broward Health names new chairman; suspended chairman files suit | (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Sun Sentinel
Broward Health now has a new board chairman to go along with its latest chief executive officer. Before Rocky Rodriguez was named chairman Tuesday morning, he showed support for interim CEO Pauline Grant, named to the post March 16 after the board ousted her predecessor, who held the job for less than two months.
Direct care in Pa. provider buys ACO | Philadelphia Business Journal
R-Health of Elkins Park, Pa., is expanding into the accountable care arena with the acquisition of the Advanced Comprehensive Care Organization, a Philadelphia-based ACO comprised of independent family, pediatric and internal medicine practices across the region.
Merck patents on Hepatitis C treatment found valid in Gilead dispute | Reuters
Merck & Co told a federal jury on Tuesday it was seeking more than $2 billion in damages from rival Gilead Sciences Inc after the jury upheld the validity of two Merck patents in a high-profile dispute over Gilead's blockbuster cure for hepatitis C.
UPMC embarks on first round of funding for Health Data Alliance projects | Pittsburgh Post- Gazette
UPMC Enterprises on Tuesday announced its first round of funding for six projects under the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance umbrella, a year-old collaboration of hospital system UPMC, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. UPMC's funding will exceed $3 million over the next six months for technologies that are aimed at reducing patient falls, reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers, improving the accuracy of cancer diagnosis and other projects.
Three U.S. hospitals hit by ransomware | BBC
The IT systems of three US hospitals have been infected with ransomware, which encrypts vital files and demands money to unlock them. The systems, at Kentucky Methodist Hospital and Chino Valley Medical Center and Desert Valley Hospital, California, are now running normally again.