Ariz. Medicaid won't cut off Planned Parenthood funds - yet | Yuma (Ariz.) Sun
State Medicaid officials have agreed not to try to cut off family planning dollars from Planned Parenthood -- at least not yet. A new law that takes effect Saturday permits the director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to unilaterally exclude Planned Parenthood from the program if he decides that it "failed to segregate taxpayer dollars (for family planning) from abortions.'' And the law gives him the power to do that "at his sole discretion.''
New Hampshire Medicaid director leaving; state searching for replacement | New Hampshire Union Leader
New Hampshire is looking for someone to take charge of its $1.4 billion Medicaid budget at a time of big changes in the federally subsidized health insurance program for low-income individuals and families.
Whistleblower case against KU Hospital takes unexpected twist | Public Radio KCUR
A University of Kansas Hospital pathologist's lawsuit alleging the hospital's chief pathologist misdiagnosed a patient as having cancer and subsequently covered it up has taken a strange new turn. On Friday, the plaintiff, Dr. Lowell L. Tilzer, voluntarily dismissed his whistle-blower action against the hospital, saying he “believes further litigation of this claim is not necessary to protect him from retaliation at this time.”
Broad partnership brings together Aetna, Duke and WakeMed | (Raleigh, N.C.) Triangle Business Journal
In a broad partnership, those who buy health insurance from Aetna can access a new healthcare network that combines Duke Health and WakeMed Health and Hospitals. The co-branded product is called Aetna Whole Health–Duke Health & WakeMed and includes the WakeMed Key Community Care network of physicians, an accountable care organization created by WakeMed Health and Hospitals, WakeMed Physician Practices and Key Physicians.
Allina nurses to vote on contract, strike | (Minneapolis) Star Tribune
A second strike by Twin Cities nurses at Allina Health hospitals is looming after contract talks ended Monday, leaving the union with an offer that falls short of its demands — particularly with respect to health insurance.
Attendees at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's meeting expected Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to present data defending the embattled startup's technology. Instead, she steered clear of the controversy over the company's Edison machines — and introduced the “minilab,” a 95-pound diagnostic prototype that the company says can test for Zika.