Utah's Medicaid expansion to cover fewer people, pending federal approval | Public Radio KUER
Utah health officials are now saying that a limited Medicaid expansion passed by the legislature this year will cover fewer people than anticipated. Meanwhile, it's not clear whether the federal government will even approve the plan.
Days after the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a preliminary injunction to halt the transfer of Maui hospital operations from the state-operated hospital system to private contractor Kaiser Permanente, Maui Memorial Medical Center's Chief of Staff, Dr. Ron Boyd, characterized the delay as an “unfortunate expectation.”
They bill themselves as advocates for ordinary citizens taking on powerful insurance companies. But in reality, the Campaign for Consumer Choice may not be so civic-minded. The groups, which lobby in five states against the proposed mergers of leading health insurers, are orchestrated by the hospital industry.
Decision delayed on UPMC purchase of N.Y. hospital | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
UPMC's bid to expand its reach into western New York through the acquisition of a hospital hit a speed bump Thursday when a state health department committee reviewing the deal put off making a decision until next month.
Authorities in Washington state have cited a hospital there for failing to adequately investigate and report suspected drug diversions four years ago by a surgical tech who has been indicted in Colorado for narcotics theft.
Oregon picks partner to study single-payer healthcare, other system models | Portland (Ore.) Business Journal
The Oregon Health Authority has selected RAND Corp. to conduct an independent study of different ways of configuring Oregon's health care system, including a single-payer model.
In pledging the reduction over the next three years, the insurer is backing a government campaign against the addiction epidemic in the U.S. It also supports state government efforts to require doctors to check state databases for high-risk customers before prescribing opioid drugs for longer than 21 days.