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People without caregivers end up stranded in hospitals

People without caregivers end up stranded in hospitals

By Associated Press  |  November 20, 2018

Some at-risk adults end up languishing in hospitals because they have no family to take care of them or a facility willing to take them in due to a lack of space, finances, or appropriate scope of care.

Colorado plans changes in mental health crisis-response system

Colorado plans changes in mental health crisis-response system

By Associated Press  |  November 20, 2018

State officials say an overhaul is needed to improve mobile crisis response, incorporate local mental health services that already exist and, more broadly, put separate people in charge of financial and clinical decisions.

Mercy shooting highlights importance of drills, preparing staff

Mercy shooting highlights importance of drills, preparing staff

November 20, 2018

The shooting Monday at Chicago's Mercy Hospital and Medical Center again highlighted healthcare settings' vulnerability to violent acts. A growing number of providers are taking steps to make their facilities more secure from such events.

Walgreens in talks with Humana: report

Walgreens in talks with Humana: report

By Brigid Sweeney  |  November 20, 2018

The Deerfield, Ill.-based pharmacy and Louisville, Ky.-based insurance giant are discussing a variety of strategic ventures, including taking equity stakes in each other.

Ascension's outpatient transformation comes at a cost

Ascension's outpatient transformation comes at a cost

November 19, 2018

Ascension reported higher proportions of publicly insured patients and dips in some volume metrics in the quarter ended Sept. 30 amid its transformation from being an inpatient to an outpatient provider.

Cleveland Clinic-Oscar Health pairing is exceeding hopes

Cleveland Clinic-Oscar Health pairing is exceeding hopes

By Lydia Coutré  |  November 19, 2018

The partnership, which marked the clinic's first heavy play in the insurance business, vastly exceeded expectations in the first year, securing what they estimate to be a 15% share of the individual market in the 2018 open enrollment season.

CHS settles lawsuit against former CEO of Fort Wayne hospitals

CHS settles lawsuit against former CEO of Fort Wayne hospitals

November 19, 2018

Community Health Systems has settled a lawsuit against the former CEO of its Fort Wayne, Ind., subsidiary, Lutheran Health Network, more than a year after it alleged the CEO used confidential information to lure a competitor to the Fort Wayne area.

Pharmacists take aim at benefit managers

Pharmacists take aim at benefit managers

By Jonathan LaMantia  |  November 19, 2018

Independent pharmacists in New York are calling for a state investigation into the practices of pharmacy benefit managers—the companies that negotiate drug prices on behalf of insurers and employers. They blame the PBMs for forcing owners to close up shop.


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