Roundup: Calif. to drop hospital report cards; Getting a doctor in N.Y. may depend on your neighborhood

May 07, 2017

Georgia Health News: Clinical Drug Trials -- A Growth Industry In Georgia Biopharmaceutical companies are conducting or have conducted more than 3,600 clinical trials of new drugs in the state, according to a new report from PhRMA, a trade group for the brand-name pharmaceutical industry. ... Despite the state's economic troubles in recent years, bioscience employment has remained steady in Georgia (Miller, 12/2).

The Connecticut Mirror: With Contracts In Limbo, Healthcare Advocate Urges Action By Insurers, Hospital Network Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri has called on the parent company of two eastern Connecticut hospitals and three insurers to resolve their ongoing contract talks. ... On Thursday, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield notified members that its contract with Eastern Connecticut Health Network, which includes Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals, is expiring Dec. 31. If the two sides don't reach a new agreement, Anthem members who get care at the hospitals would have to pay higher out-of-network rates (Levin Becker, 12/2). 

KUHF (Houston): Hospital District Bursting At The Seams Despite opening six new clinics in the past five years, the public health system can't keep up. ... Surveys have repeatedly shown that a third of adults in Harris County have no health insurance. For most of them, the Hospital District is the medical safety net. .... This is the first time the Hospital District has been able to quantify the extent of the problem (Feibel, 12/5).

New Hampshire Public Radio: Medicaid Tax Confusion Hits November Revenues Up until this budget, the state essentially reimbursed hospitals the cost of what's called the Medicaid Enhancement Tax. When lawmakers put the budget to bed in June, they ended that practice, which cost hospitals $120 million a year. A coalition of hospitals is now suing the state over those changes. In the meantime, the Medicaid Enhancement Tax bill has come due (Gorenstein, 12/2).

This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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