Arizona governor signs law aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood from Medicaid | Tucson.com
Planned Parenthood could soon find itself in another legal battle to keep its Medicaid funding. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed legislation that gives the director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state's Medicaid program, new powers to decide that certain individuals or entities cannot participate in the system.
Maui hospital privatization hits speed bump | Maui Now
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today entered an order temporarily stopping activities related to the transition of Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital & Clinic, and Lānaʻi Community Hospital to a private operator.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital to cut $250M in 5 years | Cincinnati Enquirer
Starting July 1, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center will launch a cost-cutting effort that aims to cut $250 million over the next five years. Officials of the hospital, one of the largest employers in Greater Cincinnati, have been exploring the budget cuts “for months now,” said hospital spokesman Terry Loftus. The cuts will amount to $50 million a year, or about 2% of the hospital's budget.
Allina plans $103 million in spending at post-merger Mercy | (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune
Allina Health System expects to spend about $103 million over the next several years on infrastructure projects as part of the recently announced merger between Mercy and Unity hospitals in Anoka County.
Doctors are a naturally competitive bunch. CareFirst has tapped into that to tackle health costs. | Baltimore Business Journal
What's one of the most effective ways to get doctors to change their referral and drug-prescribing habits, two of best-known drivers of health care costs? Tap into their competitive sides.
Massachusetts making new bid to integrate oral, medical care | (Worcester, Mass.) Telegram
An initiative of the Health Care For All's Oral Health Advocacy Task Force in Massachusetts is based around the idea that incorporating oral health in accountable care organizations and more closely aligning medical and dental care can both save money and improve a patient's overall well-being.