Florida’s Legislature received a surprise Medicaid bill this month: $433 million in unpaid insurance reimbursements, owed jointly with the federal government.
Allina, nurses break off contract talks; strike still planned for Sunday | Minnesota Public Radio
The union that represents 4,800 nurses at Allina Health in the Twin Cities said negotiators made no progress in talks with a federal mediator Monday. The Minnesota Nurses Association said nurses at Abbott Northwestern, Mercy, United, and Unity hospitals and Phillips Eye Institute still plan to walk off the job Sunday at 7 a.m. and will picket all five facilities.
Pomona Valley largest hospital to unionize in years after workers vote | (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
More than 1,120 healthcare workers at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center have voted to join SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West in the largest hospital unionization in California in nearly 15 years.
Indian Health Service hospital closes surgical, OB departments | (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus Leader
An embattled government-run hospital announced the shuttering of additional departments Monday following the death of a staff member. The Indian Health Service in a statement said patients seeking surgical and obstetrics services at the Rosebud IHS hospital are being diverted to other facilities. Urgent care, outpatient and inpatient services remain available.
Brigham and Women’s nurses vote for one-day strike | CBS Boston
About 2,500 nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have voted to stage a one-day strike later this month. The hospital said the nurses’ union vote late Monday night came after 19 contract negotiation sessions in the last 9 months.
Bon Secours St. Francis launches telehealth service | GreenOnline.com
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville, S.C., is the latest provider to join the world of telehealth with its new online platform for virtual visits. Called Bon Secours 24/7, the service offers live video chats with doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners for minor ailments such as sore throats and sinus infections, officials said.
Maryland co-op suing federal government over insurance program | Baltimore Sun
Evergreen Health Cooperative sued the federal government Monday over a program that could force it to make a huge payment to larger insurance companies and compromise the 3-year-old company's future.
The U.S. government announced plans on Monday to invest $200 million to help shorten the waiting list for patients waiting for organ transplants. The investment, to be led by the Defense Department, was announced at a White House summit to discuss the role of science and technology and innovation in organ transplantation.