Judge: Kansas cut in Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood against the law | Salina (Kan.) Post
A federal judge blocked Kansas' effort to cut off two regional Planned Parenthood affiliates' Medicaid funding, ruling the move likely violates federal law. In a 54-page decision handed down Tuesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson granted a preliminary injunction sought by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (now known as Planned Parenthood Great Plains) and by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.
New report shows big differences in payments for hospital procedures in Oregon | (Salem, Ore.) Statesman Journal
Commercial insurers are having to dish out very different sums to cover patient hospital procedures statewide, depending on the hospital, according to a report from the Oregon Health Authority.
Doctors, community health centers, and hospitals representing more than 150,000 patients in Vermont have agreed to form a new umbrella organization as a step toward a regulated monopoly.
South Carolina hopes telemedicine improves inmate care, cut costs | Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
South Carolina's prisons agency is taking a high-tech approach to inmate healthcare, a change officials say will save money and cut down on potential security risks.
Fight over Obamacare helps lead to Parkland's $100M budget shortfall, officials say | Dallas Morning News
The standoff between the federal government and Texas over healthcare reform has left Parkland Memorial Hospital's finances in trouble, the public hospital's CEO said Tuesday. "The last thing I want to do is cut services," Dr. Fred Cerise told Dallas County commissioners at a budget hearing. But "that's a distinct possibility in this budget year, given where we are right now."
Pfizer reaches deal with Chicago on truth in opioid marketing | Washington Post
Pfizer has agreed to a written code of conduct for the marketing of opioids that some officials hope will set a standard for manufacturers of narcotics and help curb the use of the addictive painkillers. The terms of the agreement were reached with the city of Chicago, which two years ago sued five other opioid manufacturers over alleged misleading marketing of opioids. An announcement of the agreement is expected Wednesday.