FOCUS OF THE WEEK
November 30, 2015
Two separate lawsuits have challenged the health insurance plan, which seeks to give some hospitals lower reimbursements in exchange for directing large numbers of patients their way. After business hours, the attorney for a group of hospitals said regulators declined to stay their approval of the tiered network.
November 25, 2015
Waiting until there's a cancer diagnosis or other crisis is not the time to be taking the family's medical history. Testing companies and genetic counselors encourage families to share information when they are all in one place.
November 25, 2015
The study was released Thanksgiving week. The Wednesday before the holiday has become one of the most dangerous nights of the year, with the number of violations for driving under the influence higher than Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.
November 24, 2015
The Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll periodically gauges public opinion on important health issues. It found 56% of Americans had some connection to the painkiller epidemic and 16% knew someone who had died.
November 23, 2015
John Bel Edwards was elected Governor of Louisiana Saturday after promising to expand Medicaid. Hospitals have been eager to see expansion; in the spring, they supported a fee to pay the state's share once the federal government stops paying 100% of expansion costs.
November 19, 2015
Steven M. Goldman, a former NJ insurance commissioner, sued the department he once led on behalf of a group of hospitals, saying officials had abdicated their duty in approving Horizon's tiered network plans.
November 18, 2015
The study found that 1 in 10 Americans struggles with a drug use disorder at some point in their lives.
November 17, 2015
Critics say there's little documentation for the $51.3 million in savings the Branstad administration says it will achieve in the first 6 months of 2016.