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Medicaid Wall Beginning To Crack Premium Content
Dec 17, 2012
Progress has been made on the issue of Medicaid expansion this month. A mandate was passed down by the Obama administration and some governors have spoken out in surprising ways about their stances on expansion.
In Brief: Minnesota Blues Names New CEO; Cardinal, Aetna Team On Oncology Free
Dec 17, 2012

Minnesota Blues Names New CEO

Michael J. Guyette has been appointed chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

In Brief: CDPH Moves To Decertify Facility; Sutter Health Names CEO For Health Plan Free
Dec 12, 2012

CDPH Moves To Decertify Residential Facility

The California Department of Public Health has taken action against another state agency, the Department of Developmental Services, by decertifying its Sonoma Developmental Center – the first step in disaqulifying it from participating in the Medi-Cal and Medicare programs.

Kaiser Links ADHD To Oxygen Loss Free
Dec 12, 2012
A new study by researchers affiliated with Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente has discovered a link between oxygen deprivation just prior to birth and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder later in childhood.
Allstate Wins $7M From Chiropractor Free
Dec 12, 2012
Allstate Insurance Co. won a civil judgment of more than $7 million this week against a Long Beach-based chiropractor who collected payments from the insurer after allegedly filing false imaging claims.
A Snapshot Of COPD In California Premium Content
Dec 12, 2012
More than 1 million Californians suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with a large portion of the cases in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.
Anthem Moves To Coordinate Care Premium Content
Dec 12, 2012
Anthem Blue Cross of California is introducing a coordinated care program in conjunction with two Southern California providers.
Michigan Pushes For Healthcare Morals Clause Premium Content
Dec 10, 2012
A new law that has passed both the Senate and House in Michigan is one of the newest to tackle the issue of whether or not providers and insurers should be required to offer a service if it goes against their religious or ethical beliefs.
Suture Express Files Antitrust Suit Free
Dec 10, 2012
Overland Park, Ks.-based Suture Express has filed suit against Cardinal Health and Owens & Minor, claiming the medical supply giants have engaged in antitrust activities.
Indiana Physicians To Be Graded Free
Dec 10, 2012
More than 750 physicians throughout Indiana will have their quality scores posted on the Indiana Health Information Exchange as part of an effort to provide greater provider transparency.
In Brief: Sebelius Stands Firm On Medicaid Expansion; RLH Equity Invests In Chartis Group Free
Dec 10, 2012

Sebelius Stands Firm Against Partial Medicaid Expansion Under ACA

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has declined a request from governors of 11 states to allow them only partial expansions of the Medicaid program under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In Brief: Saint John\'s CEO Ousted; Prime Fined For Patient Breach Free
Dec 5, 2012

Saint John’s Health CEO Ousted

Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica abruptly ousted its chief executive officer and several of its board members in a shakeup last week.

New MLR Study Concerns Jones Free
Dec 5, 2012
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones reiterated his desire to regulate health insurance premiums in the Golden State, citing a new Commonwealth Fund study that showed carriers offering individual coverage boosting their profits despite new rules on medical loss ratios.
Tri-City To Begin Remote Monitoring Free
Dec 5, 2012
Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside will begin remotely monitoring discharged patients in early 2013 in order to prevent their readmission.
DMHC Opens Consumer Portal Premium Content
Dec 5, 2012
The California Department of Managed Health Care has launched an online portal to allow consumers to file grievances regarding health plans and affiliated providers in a more convenient and timely manner.
AIDS Group Sues L.A. County DPH Premium Content
Dec 5, 2012
An outspoken non-profit that is one of the leading providers of services to AIDS patients in Los Angeles County has sued the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and two members of the County Board of Supervisors, claiming it is being retaliated against for its activism.
Many States Still Hedging On ACA Premium Content
Dec 3, 2012
States have less than two weeks to notify the Department of Health and Human Services about their plans for state health exchanges. And most Midwestern states have decided to forego plans for their own exchanges in favor of defaulting to a federal plan.
Radiologists Suffering Identity Crisis Premium Content
Dec 3, 2012
For years, the mystery novelist Carl Hiaasen has slyly joked in his popular whodunits that radiologists were not actually doctors. It remains to be seen whether Hiaasen\'s tongue-in-cheek claim has had any purchase with his readers, but a recent survey concludes the author and the American public in general tend to be on the same page regarding the medical specialty.
Lawsuit Claims Charity Care Abuses Premium Content
Dec 3, 2012
Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago is being sued by two patients who claim the facility failed to provide them appropriate charity care.
In Brief: Kansas Data Linked To CDC; Minnesota Sued Over Abortion Funding Free
Dec 3, 2012

Kansas Health Information Neworking Now Sharing Data With CDC

The Kansas Health Information Network has begun sharing its hospital data with an entity that coordinates it with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.