- Legislature approves hospital sales oversight measure Updated: Jun-01-15 7:28 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The Connecticut Senate unanimously passed legislation Monday that establishes more oversight of hospital sales and adds consumer protections such as notices of costs for nonemergency services.
- Vast trove of Medicare data details how billions are spent Updated: Jun-01-15 5:17 pm
WASHINGTON - Joint replacement was the most common hospital procedure that Medicare paid for in 2013, accounting for nearly 450,000 inpatient admissions and $6.6 billion in payments.
- Court official says contract prisons offer poor health care Updated: Jun-01-15 5:09 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Contract prisons in California provide such poor health care that a federal official on Monday questioned Gov. Jerry Brown's plans to bring additional inmates back from private prisons in other states.
- SSM Health to acquire Saint Louis University Hospital Updated: Jun-01-15 12:18 pm
ST. LOUIS - A prominent St. Louis hospital is changing hands.
- Lawmaker: VA must reform to get money for Denver hospital Updated: May-31-15 7:21 pm
AURORA, Colorado - Congress will insist on significant changes in the Veterans Affairs Department before approving money to finish a vastly over-budget medical center outside Denver, Rep. Mike Coffman said Sunday.
- Hilo hospital will decrease behavioral health options Updated: May-31-15 3:28 pm
HILO, Hawaii - Administrators are closing one wing of the Hilo Medical Center's behavior health facility, leaving even fewer options for mental health services on Hawaii Island.
- Texas nursing homes use loophole to get additional funding Updated: May-31-15 3:05 pm
DALLAS - A special state program aimed at attracting additional federal money for government-owned nursing homes will bring an extra $69 million to Texas facilities this year, with more to come next year.
- Federal report: Branson hospital to repay $123K Updated: May-31-15 12:16 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A southwest Missouri hospital has to repay the federal government about $123,000 after filing scores of Medicare claims for treating a rare form of malnutrition that's typically associated with famine and rare in the U.S., according to a federal report.
- Grant funding distributed to help nursing homes diversify Updated: May-31-15 10:59 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - About $3 million in grant funding is being distributed to Connecticut nursing homes to help the industry adapt to growing need for home- and community-based services.
- Miami-Dade, Broward officials oppose Scott's hospital plan Updated: May-29-15 7:40 pm
MIAMI - Gov. Rick Scott is having a hard time getting officials in the state's largest counties to back his proposal that would require cuts for many public hospitals and instead funnel money to for-profit ones.
- Report: Health insurer Humana considering a sale Updated: May-29-15 4:19 pm
Humana shares soared well beyond all-time high prices Friday afternoon on speculation that the company, one of the nation's biggest health insurers, might be up for sale.
- La. health dept. seeks restoration of public health funding Updated: May-29-15 4:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's health department leaders asked senators Friday to restore $26 million to public health programs next year or risk shuttering safety inspections, water monitoring programs and testing for possible disease outbreaks.
- Woman wins $100 million in transvaginal mesh case Updated: May-29-15 7:59 am
WILMINGTON, Delaware - A Delaware jury has ordered a medical device manufacturer to pay $100 million to a woman who, despite two surgeries, still has pieces of transvaginal mesh embedded inside her.
- 10 injured in ammonia gas leak at Panhandle chemical plant Updated: May-28-15 9:31 pm
BORGER, Texas - Ten people were taken to hospitals after an ammonia gas leak at a chemical plant in the Texas Panhandle.
- Riverton hospital moves to enter EPA tribal boundary dispute Updated: May-28-15 8:19 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Riverton Memorial Hospital maintains that a recent medical malpractice case filed against it in tribal court on the Wind River Indian Reservation underscores the problems the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created in its recent decision that the city of Riverton and surrounding lands remain legally Indian Country.
- Teva to pay $1.2 billion in drug-delay settlement Updated: May-28-15 1:48 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators announced Thursday that Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries will pay $1.2 billion to settle charges that one of its subsidiaries illegally blocked the launch of low-cost generic versions of the blockbuster sleeping pill Provigil.
- Budget committee approves long-term care changes Updated: May-27-15 7:15 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers have tweaked Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand the state's Family Care program and wrap the IRIS program into it.
- Zogenix says former obesity drug reduced seizures in study Updated: May-27-15 2:43 pm
NEW YORK - Drugmaker Zogenix said Wednesday that a drug once used to fight obesity before it was taken off the market may help treat a rare disease that causes severe seizures in young children.
- New Hampshire hospitals say Medicaid expansion is working Updated: May-24-15 12:53 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The number of uninsured people showing up in New Hampshire emergency rooms continues to drop, a trend hospital officials attribute to the state's expanded Medicaid program.
- State health care industry spent $19M lobbying lawmakers Updated: May-23-15 12:41 pm
BOSTON - Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry's political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape.
- VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital Updated: May-22-15 8:07 pm
DENVER - Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.
- Alzheimer's patient won't be charged in killing Updated: May-22-15 7:40 pm
GOLDEN, Colorado - Prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility in Lakewood.
- Emergency room at Topeka VA hospital could reopen soon Updated: May-22-15 4:08 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - An emergency room at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Topeka is expected to reopen soon after it was closed last year on a temporary basis because of understaffing problems.
- Boston Children's Hospital to add 276 doctors in 3 states Updated: May-22-15 4:04 pm
BOSTON - Boston Children's Hospital has made a deal to acquire a network of out-of-state doctors to expand and reach more patients beyond the city.
- Montana company specializes in saving trouble nursing homes Updated: May-22-15 10:05 am
SARATOGA, Wyoming - The president of a Montana company taking over a financially troubled nursing home in southern Wyoming says his company specializes in turning around troubled facilities.