Ozarks Community Hospital to lay off 200, blaming federal government decision | Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader
The head of Springfield-based OCH Health System — the company that runs Ozarks Community Hospital — said in a memo to staff Monday that 200 employees will be losing their jobs as the system closes that facility's surgery department and emergency room.
It's an obscure agency with a vital role: providing in-depth research to help the state monitor and contain healthcare costs. But the Center for Health Information and Analysis, or CHIA, was blindsided when its budget was slashed by more than a third as part of a deal to avert a potentially nasty fight over hospital funding.
UCHealth acquires Integrity Urgent Care in Colorado Springs | Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette
University of Colorado Health has acquired a Colorado Springs urgent care chain in a move that further expands the hospital system's footprint across the Pikes Peak region, the hospital system announced Monday.
When the Obama administration pushed out a $35 billion incentive program to pay doctors and hospitals to convert to electronic records, the idea was to modernize the healthcare industry, not serve it up on a platter to cybercriminals. But now, American hospitals face weekly ransom threats.
More ACA health co-ops close, but New Mexico's is safe | Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal
The not-for-profit insurance cooperatives formed under Obamacare with federal financial backing to compete with private insurance companies have had a rough time nationally, with two more shutting down in the past two weeks–in Oregon and Illinois. But Martin Hickey, CEO of New Mexico Health Connections says the cooperative here is on sound financial footing with over $63 million in reserves.
Big savings for St. Vincent in first year of accountable care effort | Indianapolis Business Journal
Hospitals and insurance companies are always looking for ways to save a few dollars without compromising care. And that's what Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health System and its partner, MissionPoint Health Partners, based in Nashville, say they were able to accomplish in the first year of a new three-year arrangement.
Family sues Florida hospital in case that made national headlines | Tallahassee Democrat
The estate of Barbara Dawson, the 57-year-old who died after being arrested at Calhoun Liberty Hospital, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital, the city of Blountstown, Fla., and the police officer that arrested her the morning she died.