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Poll: ObamaCare enrollees less satisfied with insurance plans

Poll: ObamaCare enrollees less satisfied with insurance plans

The poll from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, the research arm of the consulting firm, finds that 30 percent of people with insurance through ObamaCare’s marketplaces are satisfied with their plans. That compares with 42 percent satisfaction from people with employer-sponsored plans, 48 percent with Medicaid and 58 percent with Medicare. —Peter Sullivan, The Hill, 08/03/15 More »

Higher Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Means Not Only Greater Coverage, But Also State Savings

Higher Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Means Not Only Greater Coverage, But Also State Savings

About half the states that have expanded Medicaid as part of health reform have enrolled more people than they expected, generating bigger health coverage gains but also prompting fears among some policymakers that states will thus bear higher-than-expected future costs. —Jesse Cross-Call, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 08/03/15 More »

Massachusetts Nurses Push for Workplace Violence bill

Massachusetts Nurses Push for Workplace Violence bill

Union President Donna Kelly-Williams and several other members are testifying Tuesday at a Massachusetts state hearing on the bill. Elizabeth Dalton, a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, will testify about her experience dealing with the irate father of a dying patient who threatened her with a knife. —Adam Rubenfire, Modern Healthcare, 07/22/15 More »

Regional Hospital of Jackson to pay $510K to settle improper billing allegation

Regional Hospital of Jackson to pay $510K to settle improper billing allegation

Regional Hospital of Jackson has agreed to pay the United States $510,000 to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary cardiac procedures over an eight-year period, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. —The Jackson Sun, 07/21/15 More »

Opinion: Wall Street Should Pay for the Recessions They Cause

Opinion: Wall Street Should Pay for the Recessions They Cause

Over the last several hundred years, financial panics have repeatedly caused severe economic turmoil. For example, there were financial panics every 10 to 20 years in the late 1700s, 1800s, and early 1900s, many of which resulted in severe recessions. —Mark Thoma, The Fiscal Times, 07/20/15 More »

Widespread Understaffing of Nurses Increases Risk to Patients

Widespread Understaffing of Nurses Increases Risk to Patients

Over her 34-year nursing career Martha Kuhl, a pediatric oncology nurse at U.C.S.F. Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in California, has seen her patient load more than double. She recalls one night shift when she was the lone nurse on duty with five patients. “These are all babies that can’t breathe,” she says. “I felt okay at four” but that last patient “sort of tipped it over the edge where I felt unsafe in being able to handle all of these patients.” —Roni Jacobson / Scientific American, 07/14/15 More »

HealthAlliance nurses in Leominster reach tentative 3-year pact

HealthAlliance nurses in Leominster reach tentative 3-year pact

After nearly a year of negotiations, registered nurses at HealthAlliance Hospital - Leominster Campus are celebrating what they consider a victory after reaching a tentative agreement for a three-year contract Monday evening that they say improves nurse-to-patient staffing and overall patient safety. —Paula J. Owen, Telegram & Gazette, 07/02/15 More »

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare not enough

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare not enough

Bernie Sanders isn't satisfied with the Supreme Court's affirmation last week of President Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, the Democratic presidential hopeful said on Sunday he wants the United States to adopt a "Medicare-for-all" single-payer health care plan. —Eric Bradner / CNN, 06/28/15 More »

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it would crack down on hospitals and nursing homes for workplace hazards that aren't protected by formal rules. Experts say politics have complicated efforts to formalize workplace regulations. —Adam Rubenfire / Modern Healthcare, 06/26/15 More »

Tax pushed by Sanders is a sensible idea

Tax pushed by Sanders is a sensible idea

A pot of gold big enough to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, provide middle-class tax relief or provide free tuition to public universities is waiting to be tapped. All Congress has to do is say the word. But the hoard is guarded by the people writer Tom Wolfe called the Masters of the Universe, the Wall Street traders, brokers and hedge fund managers who earn in a day what working stiffs earn in a year. People with the money to influence Congress. —Concord Monitor Editorial, 06/24/15 More »

Hospital Sues Nonprofit Leader

Hospital Sues Nonprofit Leader

Braddock is among 26 defendants in 2015 brought to small-claims court by Lower Keys Medical Center, which is listed as Key West HMA in court records. Community Health Systems absorbed HMA when it bought the Key West hospital a year ago as part of a $7 billion deal. —Gwen Filosa, KeyNews.com, 06/19/15 More »

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

A new study published in the journal “Health Affairs,” is claiming 50 hospitals are billing uninsured patients more than 10 times the cost of care set by Medicare. Jean Ross, Co-President of National Nurses United joins Tamron Hall on NewsNation. —MSNBC, 06/11/15 More »

Metro Health’s Proposed Partner Operates 25 Hospitals Accused of ‘Price-Gouging’

Metro Health’s Proposed Partner Operates 25 Hospitals Accused of ‘Price-Gouging’

Of 50 U.S. hospitals identified as having the highest price markups for uninsured patients, half are owned by the health system that plans to merge with Metro Health. Community Health Systems Inc., a for-profit system based in Franklin, Tenn., operates 25 of the hospitals on the list, according to an article in The Washington Post. —Sue Thoms, MLive Media Group, 06/10/15 More »

No Vote on Trade Pact Needed to Protect U.S. Interests

No Vote on Trade Pact Needed to Protect U.S. Interests

San Diego congressional representatives Susan Davis and Scott Peters remain undecided about pending international trade measures that will have tremendous impacts on San Diego. —Brenna Norton & Deborah Burger, San Diego Union Tribune, 06/09/15 More »

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Even the astronomical price markups that consumers regularly pay for, say, wine in restaurants pale beside those in some U.S. hospitals: The price for procedures is often 10 times the cost, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Health Affairs. —Sharon Begley, Reuters, 06/08/15 More »

Feds, State Settle Part of Big Hospital Kickback Scheme

Feds, State Settle Part of Big Hospital Kickback Scheme

Part of a big Georgia hospital kickback case will be settled for nearly $1 million, while a related criminal investigation into a major national hospital company continues. —Atlanta Business Chronicle, 06/08/15 More »

Unionized Nurses at EMMC Vote to Authorize Strike

Unionized Nurses at EMMC Vote to Authorize Strike

Unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center voted Thursday to authorize a strike if the hospital fails to better address their patient safety concerns, including “unsafe staffing.” —Jackie Farwell, Bangor Daily News, 06/05/15 More »

Lawsuit Alleges Improper Hospital Billing Practices

Lawsuit Alleges Improper Hospital Billing Practices

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court contends the company that owns Northwest Medical Center and operates nine other hospitals in Arkansas has been skipping insurance carriers and going after payment directly from patients or other sources that pay more. —Ron Wood, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 06/04/15 More »

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Nurses Settle on Contract

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Nurses Settle on Contract

Fifteen months of fighting has ended abruptly but more amicably for both sides of a contract dispute at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Late Thursday, the hospital Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a five-year contract with nurses of the California Nurses Association. —Roberto M. Robledo, The Californian, 05/29/15 More »

Hospital Hospice Services to End Next Month

Hospital Hospice Services to End Next Month

A program that has been available for decades through a Lackawanna County hospital will soon be coming to an end. Eyewitness News has learned that the owners of Regional Hospital of Scranton will stop providing inpatient and home hospice services at the end of next month. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 05/27/15 More »

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