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|Access Improves for Latinos, But Key Age Group Left Behind|
CDC data shows the numbers of uninsured are at their lowest point in 15 years. But research reveals that efforts to improve access to healthcare to a key portion of the Latino population have failed. Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:25 am CDT
|Dealing with Drug Diversion|
Leaders must first acknowledge that their organization is at risk, and then devise and implement programs to address staff who steal pharmaceuticals. Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:24 am CDT
|Two CT hospitals could be out of network soon for UnitedHealthcare customers|
People who have UnitedHealthcare insurance could face more expensive, out-of-network rates at Hartford Hospital and the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, or they'll have to seek care elsewhere, if the health system and insurer don't resolve a contract dispute by April 14. Hartford HealthCare, parent company of both hospitals, is planning to send 16,883 notices later this week to UnitedHealthcare and Oxford Health Plans customers who have been patients recently at one of the two hospitals. UnitedHealthcare spokeswoman Maria Gordon-Shydlo said about 13,500 of the insurer's customers visited one of the two hospitals in the past year. The insurer has about 475,000 customers in Connecticut. Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:46 am CDT
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|Senators reject push to restore Medicaid funding|
Senators on Thursday rejected an amendment that backed restoring more than a trillion dollars to Medicaid.Senators voted 47-53 on the proposal, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) broke rank and voted with Democrats.... Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:03 pm CDT
|OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: Huge win for 'doc fix' deal pressures Senate|
Attention is turning to the Senate after the House resoundingly passed legislation to end a long-running dispute over a formula for paying doctors known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).The Senate has about 24 hours to pass the bill in order to... Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:00 pm CDT
|The 37 lawmakers who opposed Medicare deal|
A bipartisan deal to repeal automatic cuts to Medicare payments for doctors sailed through the House on Thursday, with only a small group of lawmakers opposing it.The House approved legislation that would repeal a formula for Medicare known as the... Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:37 pm CDT