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A patient and a provider explain why Kansas should expand Medicaid

Business - 2 hours 10 min ago
Kansas lawmakers are considering whether to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of their Medicaid expansion bill. Patients and providers say lots of uninsured working people would benefit by gaining better access to preventive care.
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield fund invests in Ferro healthcare creation Higi

Business - 3 hours 47 min ago
Higi, a healthcare company launched by now-Tronc Chairman Michael Ferro, has received an undisclosed investment from Blue Cross and Blue Shield's venture fund, according to a statement on the company's website.
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Iowa requests CMS pay up to $225 million for Medicaid managed-care losses

Business - 3 hours 55 min ago
Iowa's controversial move to privatize its Medicaid program has cost participating insurers an estimated $450 million in losses.
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Summa Health's emergency residency program appeal denied

Business - 5 hours 8 min ago
Summa Health's emergency medicine residency program will lose its accreditation after the system's appeal was denied, according to a March 29 staff memo.
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Greenville (S.C.) Memorial risks Medicare termination over ER death

Business - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 7:46pm
Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hospital risks losing Medicare and Medicaid contracts worth about $500 million every year if it fails to improve processes in its emergency room where a patient died earlier this month.
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FHIR update addresses workflow

Business - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 2:20pm
Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, the three-year-old data exchange framework has been updated to enhance clinical decisions and quality measures.
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LabCorp hospitals chief promoted to lead diagnostic segment

Business - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 1:56pm
The head of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings' hospitals and health systems group will now lead the company's entire diagnostics segment.
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LifeSource Health signs agreements for EMTs to access health information

Business - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:01pm
LifeSource Health Inc. has signed agreements in Ohio to give Emergency Medical Technicians access to a patient's health information during an emergency run, according to a news release.
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Democrats ask for federal investigation of HHS Secretary Price over stock deals

Business - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:57am
Democratic senators sent a letter Wednesday asking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to continue to investigate HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price's trade deals.
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Lawmakers warn Trump's HHS budget cuts put lives at risk

Business - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:55am
Patient lives could be at risk if President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to the HHS become a reality, a bipartisan group of lawmakers told HHS Secretary Tom Price Wednesday.
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Allina starts to see the light after a bad 2016

Business - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:53am
Thirteen-hospital Allina Health System is launching a health plan with Aetna and preparing to sell $231.2 million in bonds as it forges past 2016. Nurses went on two separate strikes at Minneapolis-area hospitals and cost Allina $135.6 million...
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Ryan says House to revisit healthcare, offers no details

Business - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 8:39am
Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he's going to give battered House Republicans another crack at a healthcare overhaul. But he offered no timeline, and leaders haven't resolved how to overcome the deep GOP divisions that crumpled their legislation last...
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ACA risk programs level the playing field for insurers

Business - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 1:01am
Two of the Affordable Care Act's programs meant to compensate health insurers who receive higher than average claims are working just as they're supposed to, according to a new study.
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Feds join second Medicare Advantage fraud lawsuit against UnitedHealth

Business - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:50pm
The U.S. Justice Department has joined another whistle-blower lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group that alleges the insurer fraudulently billed the Medicare program by claiming patients were sicker than they were.
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Feel like the hospital is shaking you down over that bill? It probably is.

Business - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 1:50pm
Even as the number of Americans without health insurance is at a record low, Chicago hospitals are wrestling with a metastasizing problem: bad debt.
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White House proposes medical research cuts to pay for border wall

Business - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:27pm
The White House is calling for immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community development grants to help pay for the border wall that President Donald Trump repeatedly promised would be...
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Kansas Medicaid expansion looks iffy as bill goes to GOP governor

Business - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:13pm
The fate of the legislation is now in the hands of Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who previously signaled he would veto the bill.
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Public health experts sound alarms over Trump's executive order on climate change

Business - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:12pm
President Donald Trump's executive order to roll back Obama-era rules to address climate change will set back public health initiatives, environmental advocates said Tuesday.
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Insurance losses nick Banner Health in 2016

Business - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:05pm
Banner Health posted healthy income gains in 2016 despite a $153.8 million operating loss in its insurance operations.
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Facing closure, community health centers urge Congress to continue funding

Business - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:02pm
The National Coalition on Health Care -- a group of unions, health funds, providers and other organizations -- on Tuesday urged lawmakers to renew federal funding so community health centers aren't forced to close.
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