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Keck Hospital of USC Workers on 12-hour Strike

Nearly 1,000 technicians and other workers at Los Angeles-based Keck Hospital of USC are scheduled to go on strike Feb. 10, according to a North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch report. The workers, part of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, are slated to take part in a one-day strike, according to the report. The hospital and workers have […]

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By and On Thursday, January 28th, 2016

More Americans than expected forgo health insurance and pay Obamacare penalties

As many as 7.5 million U.S. taxpayers reported that they owed a tax penalty for 2014 for not signing up for health insurance, the Internal Revenue Service said. That amounted to roughly $1.5 billion in penalties.

By On Sunday, January 24th, 2016

UPMC’s planned new hospital would generate 500 permanent jobs

Pittsburgh-based UPMC anticipates investing $100 million to $200 million to build a new hospital in Pleasant Hills, Pa., that would generate 500 permanent jobs and hundreds of temporary construction jobs, officials said, according to a TribLive report. Here are four things to know about the proposed hospital. The 300,000-square-foot hospital would be called UPMC South. It […]

By On Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Risks Emerge As Rural Hospitals Perform More Inpatient Orthopedic Surgeries

A Wall Street Journal analysis details this trend. The Journal also compares costs for these services at the rural hospitals — known as critical access hospitals — with the same care elsewhere. Meanwhile, other news outlets examine new kinds of insurance coverage and benefits. The Wall Street Journal: New Risks At Rural Hospitals Small rural […]

By On Monday, December 21st, 2015

Enrollment Deadline Pushed Back Due To ‘Unprecedented’ Demand

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said nearly 1 million people were asked to leave their contact information to hold their spot in line, as the agency tried to handle the wave of last-minute enrollees.  The Associated Press: Health Law Sign-Up Deadline Extended To Thursday Kevin Counihan, CEO of HealthCare.gov, made the announcement Tuesday […]

By On Monday, December 21st, 2015

Turing’s Bad-Boy Boss Martin Shkreli Faces Fraud Charges

The drug company CEO, who has drawn criticism for dramatic price increases for some life-saving drugs, was arrested Thursday. Though Shkreli has become the face of pharmaceutical company greed, his arrest is not likely to make concerns about drug costs disappear.  The Wall Street Journal: Martin Shkreli: From Biotech Entrepreneur To Accused Criminal Martin Shkreli […]

By and On Monday, December 21st, 2015

Push On To Make Transparent Medical Records The National Standard Of Care

Perched on an exam table at the doctor’s office watching the clinician type details about their medical problems into their file, what patient hasn’t wondered exactly what the doctor is writing? As many as 50 million patients may have a chance to find out in the next few years, following the announcement this week of $10 million in new grants to expand the OpenNotes project, which works with medical providers to expand patient access to clinician notes.

By and On Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Many Hospitals Neglect Practices To Combat ER Overcrowding, Study Finds

Kaiser Health News — Crowded emergency departments have been vexing patients and hospital staff for years as consumers have increasingly sought care there. But a new study finds that many of the busiest facilities have yet to adopt several well regarded measures to reduce the wait and minimize delays. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs this week, […]

By On Monday, December 14th, 2015

Hawaii is named the healthiest state for a third straight year

Hawaii is once again the healthiest state in the United States, according to the latest America’s Health Rankings. This is despite the fact that the state’s diabetes rate has doubled in the past 15 years. “Our state is facing an epidemic of obesity and diabetes type 2 that is preventable, and costly to our health and pocket books,” Virginia Pressler, Hawaii’s director of health, said in a press release for a recent chronic disease symposium But Hawaii as a whole still has a lower prevalence of obesity compared to other states, as well as fewer preventable hospitalizations, and better mental health.

By On Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Collapse Of Co-Ops, Other Signs Of Market Instability Draw Concerns From Across The Spectrum

The demise of New York’s Health Republic is the most recent health insurance co-operative to come undone, though some — like a Connecticut co-op — offer a different story.

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