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Major insurers running billions of dollars behind on payments to hospitals and doctors

Anthem Blue Cross, the country’s second-biggest health insurance company, is behind on billions of dollars in payments owed to hospitals and doctors because of onerous new reimbursement rules, computer problems and mishandled claims, say hospital officials in multiple states.... Read more»

States embrace vaccine mandates despite potential worker exodus

Before Pres. Biden’s announcement requiring millions of workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly, 18 states and the District of Columbia already had told public sector workers to get their jabs or risk losing their jobs.... Read more»

Lack of vaccine mandate becomes competitive advantage in hospital staffing wars

As of August 26, about 39% of U.S. hospitals had announced vaccine mandates, and across the nation, hospitals are weighing more than patient and caregiver health in deciding whether to mandate COVID vaccines for staffers.... Read more»

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Hospitals overwhelmed by another surge of COVID-19 patients, financial strain

Hospitalizations in the U.S. have increased by 322% in two months, straining the ability of medical staff in some states, yet an Instagram post questioned whether this is “truly a pandemic that was ‘overwhelming hospitals,'” if hospitals are firing nurses who refuse to be vaccinated.... Read more»

Federal speech rulings may embolden health care workers to call out safety issues

A federal appellate court ruling that hospital guidelines barring contact between employees and the media was illegal could force health care organizations to revise their policies barring workers from talking to the news media and posting on social media without written permission.... Read more»

Medicare budget-cutters are targeting extra charges by hospitals

The root of these increases are controversial charges known as "facility fees," and they are routinely tacked on to patients’ bills not just for services actually provided in hospitals, but also by outpatient care centers and doctors’ offices simply because they’ve been purchased by hospital-based health care systems.... Read more»

Texas hospital refuses to hire obese workers

A Victoria, Texas, hospital already embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit has instituted an unusual hiring policy: No job applicants who are too overweight. ... Read more»

Arizona sees drop in Kids Care beneficiaries

The number of children participating in Arizona's health-insurance program for working families has dropped dramatically since the state stopped allowing new enrollments in January.... Read more»