UnitedHealth announcement could have impact on hospitals

UnitedHealth Group's change of heart about providing subsidized insurance to tens of millions of lower and middle-income Americans, according to Bloomberg, may play a significant role in how hospitals fare in the coming years.

Hospitals push again on new 340B guidance

As the federal government continues to push new guidance regarding how the 340B drug discount program operates, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its members continue to prod Congress to ensure that the changes do not go too far.

Few hospitals sign up for privatized Medicaid in Iowa

The state of Iowa has been transitioning its Medicaid to a privatized managed care program, but to date there have been few takers among hospitals.

CMS okays Medicaid money for housing

The Obama administration has signed off on the use of Medicaid funds to house enrollees, possibly creating a path that would not only bring down the homeless population but also cut down on hospital costs.

Gallup: Costs are number one healthcare issue for Americans

Despite a significant expansion of coverage for Americans under healthcare reform, Americans' top healthcare concern is how to pay for it, according to a recent Gallup Poll on healthcare delivery. 


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After failing to devise a way to replace the state's managed care organization tax, California lawmakers are facing a $1.1 billion hole in next year's health budget,  Kaiser Health   News  reports.


Two of the men Pamela Wible, M.D., a family practice physician, dated in medical school took their own lives. Eight physicians in her small town committed suicide. Writ large, physician suicide is a public health issue: More than one million patients lose their physicians each year because those physicians take their own lives. In a recent interview with Christine Sinsky, M.D., from the American Medical Association, posted on the KevinMD blog, Wible offered several steps the medical community can take to help prevent additional physician suicides.