Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed a package of bills that aimed to end the state's Health Insurance Claims Assessment and change how the state funds Medicaid matching dollars.
Kentucky doctor convicted of performing hundreds of unneeded heart procedures | Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader
A well-known Ashland, Ky., heart doctor has been convicted of fraud in a case in which he was accused of performing hundreds of needless procedures to get payments from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers.
Reducing out-of-network medical charges would save hundreds of millions of dollars each year for residents, businesses, and taxpayers in New Jersey while slowing the growth of healthcare costs overall, according to those who support a plan to limit the practice. But the proposal now under discussion would actually harm the state's healthcare system by further eroding hospital revenue and driving physicians concerned about over-regulation out-of-state, provider representatives said.
Maui hospitals transition set for July 2017 | Hawaii Public Radio
A date has been set for the transition of three state-run medical facilities on Maui. The Board of Directors of the Maui regional Hawai'i Health Systems Corp. voted that starting July 1, 2017, Kaiser will take over operations.
Minnesota governor proposes rebates to ease sting of rising health premiums | (Minneapolis) Star Tribune
Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday proposed issuing rebates to an estimated 123,000 Minnesotans facing steep health insurance premium hikes but who make too much to qualify for federal tax credits.
Physician payments for corporate board seats are uncommonly lucrative | Boston Business Journal
Hundreds of doctors in Massachusetts received payment from an outside company in 2015, usually in the form of royalties or consulting fees. But a handful of physicians from Partners HealthCare hospitals received compensation from a different kind of interaction with industry — that of sitting on a company's board of directors.
Neighborhood Health Plan, a subsidiary of Partners HealthCare, has lost $241 million since 2014, and now it says it's no longer taking new Medicaid patients. That means low-income families who qualify for Medicaid or its state equivalent, MassHealth, will have to go elsewhere. Existing members won't be affected.
Zimmer Biomet picks up tele-rehab provider RespondWell | MassDevice.com
Zimmer Biomet said that it paid an unspecified amount for tele-rehabilitation provider RespondWell, which it plans to fold into its recently launched Signature Solutions business. RespondWell provides personalized, clinician-supervised post-surgical physical therapy programs for patients to complete at home after joint replacement surgery.
Mylan's price hikes on EpiPens have added millions to U.S. Defense Department spending since 2008 as the agency covered more prescriptions for the lifesaving allergy shot at near retail prices, government data provided to Reuters shows.