- Vaccine skeptics try star power; moms encourage vaccines Updated: May-05-15 8:55 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Author, activist and Kennedy family scion Robert F. Kennedy Jr. brought his vaccine skepticism to the Vermont Statehouse on Tuesday, urging lawmakers not to do away with the philosophical exemption that allows parents to avoid having their children fully vaccinated.
- Scott headed to DC to negotiate for Florida hospital funds Updated: May-05-15 4:35 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Gov. Rick Scott is heading to Washington to try to convince the Obama administration to release federal hospital funds, but he insists that he will not support expanding Medicaid insurance to more than 800,000 Floridians.
- New CEO takes over evolving drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Updated: May-05-15 3:30 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has a new leader, Dr. Giovanni Caforio, who became CEO as the company's annual meeting in Plainsboro, New Jersey, ended Tuesday.
- Council of State approves NC hospital land sale to Raleigh Updated: May-05-15 2:46 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A long-negotiated agreement to sell state government property where a mental hospital stood since before the Civil War was finalized Tuesday, and city leaders hope to transform the land into North Carolina's "Central Park."
- Waterbury Hospital to be sold to California company Updated: May-05-15 12:33 pm
WATERBURY, Connecticut - Greater Waterbury Health Network has reached an agreement to sell Waterbury Hospital to a Los Angeles-based company.
- HCA backs up early 1Q peek at quarter with strong admissions Updated: May-05-15 9:32 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - First-quarter earnings soared 70 percent for HCA, as admissions growth helped the hospital chain reaffirm a strong performance it initially outlined last month.
- Highmark urges Pennsylvania to OK $175M for hospital network Updated: May-04-15 7:22 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Highmark executives and allies dominated a hearing before the state's top insurance regulator Monday, seeking a green light for the insurer to transfer $175 million into its western Pennsylvania hospital network to help it compete against rival University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
- Audit: Louisiana has long wait list for Medicaid services Updated: May-04-15 6:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's elderly and developmentally disabled wait longer than people in other states to get community-based services through Medicaid, according to a report released Monday by the legislative auditor.
- Herring: Abortion clinics can be exempted from new standards Updated: May-04-15 5:13 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - New, strict building standards should not be applied retroactively to existing abortion clinics, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Monday in an opinion contradicting advice given by his Republican predecessor.
- Munger says US health care system is too expensive, complex Updated: May-04-15 1:26 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - Berkshire Hathaway's Vice Chairman Charlie Munger says the American health care system remains too complicated and expensive.
- Financing plan for Medicaid expansion wins committee support Updated: May-04-15 12:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers have repeatedly refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program, siding with Gov. Bobby Jindal in opposition. But on Monday, they started advancing a proposal that would help pay for an expansion if Louisiana's next governor has any interest.
- Ohio vets' medical care to expand under Air Force, VA pact Updated: May-03-15 8:56 pm
DAYTON, Ohio - An agreement intended to help decrease wait times for veterans seeking medical care has been forged between Air Force and Veterans Affairs officials in Ohio.
- For nearly a year, KanCare lacks inspector general Updated: May-03-15 3:43 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The job of inspector general for the state's managed care Medicaid program has been open for nearly a year, but Kansas health officials insist they are working to fill the position.
- Companies ask Boone judge to keep suit's pill records sealed Updated: May-03-15 3:08 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Eleven pharmaceutical drug distributors have asked a judge to deny the state's request to unseal a court filing containing information about their shipments to West Virginia pharmacies.
- Old, new tech used to research genetic disorders in children Updated: May-03-15 1:02 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kansas - The University of Kansas Medical Center is exploring genetic disorders in children with a combination of next-generation and century-old research methods.
- Hawaii lawmakers approve Maui hospital privatization bill Updated: May-02-15 9:05 pm
HONOLULU - Maui's only acute care hospital and two other state-owned medical facilities could be privatized under a bill given final approval by state lawmakers.
- VA's internal watchdog refused to investigate Aurora project Updated: May-01-15 1:01 pm
DENVER - While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog issued more than 1,500 reports between 2010 and 2014, not one focused on the agency's troubled hospital project in Aurora, The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1QTVFsz ) reported Friday.
- Estimate: About 9 percent of SD rural hospitals vulnerable Updated: May-01-15 11:25 am
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - A health care industry consulting firm says about 9 percent of rural hospitals in South Dakota are vulnerable to closure.
- Rural hospitals struggle to stay open, adapt to changes Updated: May-01-15 9:08 am
OSCEOLA, Missouri - After 45 years of providing health care in rural Missouri, Sac-Osage Hospital is being sold piece by piece.
- Kansas sex predator program could move due to labor shortage Updated: Apr-30-15 9:02 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Persistent staffing problems at Larned State Hospital are driving up costs and leading some lawmakers to consider moving its sexual predator treatment program to a new location.
- TRICARE revamp rejected, other benefit changes backed Updated: Apr-30-15 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House has rejected a proposal to largely replace the military's TRICARE health care system, but has agreed to further study a proposal that would let service members participate in retirement savings plans like a 401(k).
- Gilead lifted by $3.6B 1Q sales of newest hepatitis C pill Updated: Apr-30-15 5:20 pm
FOSTER CITY, California - Gilead Sciences raked in $3.6 billion from sales of its newest hepatitis C pill, lifting the drugmaker's results past Wall Street expectations.
- Johnson subpoenas VA inspector general for Tomah documents Updated: Apr-30-15 2:28 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says he has subpoenaed the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General for information on an embattled medical center in Tomah.
- Nurses at 6 hospitals across California strike over staffing Updated: Apr-30-15 1:34 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Registered nurses at six California hospitals went on strike Thursday over staffing levels and other issues during contract negotiations, a move the medical centers called "inappropriate" but said would not interrupt services.
- FDA seeks more data on safety of hospital hand cleaners Updated: Apr-30-15 11:40 am
WASHINGTON - To fight infections, hospital workers can hit the hand sanitizer a hundred times or more a day. Now, the government wants more study of whether that is safe and how well it actually fights the spread of germs.