Utah may relinquish control of successful small-business health insurance exchange | (Salt Lake City) Deseret News
Utah's successful small-business health insurance marketplace, Avenue H, may end up under the management of the federal government. Members of Utah's Health Reform Task Force voted Thursday to relinquish control of the small-business marketplace, as it is costing the state $1.5 million annually to implement, some of which is collected in fees from small businesses.
Drug error underscores safety concerns in nursing strikes | Minneapolis Star Tribune
Authorities cite Abbott Northwestern Northwestern Hospital for a serious medication error, but Allina officials deny that it resulted from the nurses' strike.
Missouri systems to join forces | (Springfield, Mo.) News Leader
CoxHealth and Bolivar, Mo.-based Citizens Memorial Hospital have signed a letter of intent that provides the framework for bringing the two healthcare systems together, a news release from the organizations said.
Controversial Children's Hospital project receives final OK | Boston Business Journal
The Massachusetts Public Health Council gave final approval to Boston Children's Hospital's planned $1 billion expansion. The project has drawn opposition from those who believe it will undermine efforts to rein in skyrocketing medical costs. Hospital leadership says expansion is necessary to accommodate demand from patients coming from outside of the state.
A year ago, a study about U.S. hospitals marking up prices by 1,000% generated headlines and outrage around the country. Twenty of those priciest hospitals are in Florida, and researchers at the University of Miami wanted to find out whether the negative publicity put pressure on the community hospitals to lower their charges. What the researchers found, however, was that naming and shaming did not work.