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Psychiatric hospital patient charged with assaulting woman

Apr. 29, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A patient at Montana's state psychiatric hospital is charged with aggravated assault after authorities say he repeatedly kicked a fellow patient in the head in an attack that left her with severe injuries and led federal regulators to end the hospital's reimbursements from...

State hospital administrator out after federal funding loss

Apr. 21, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The administrator of Montana's state psychiatric hospital is leaving his post amid the facility's loss of Medicare and Medicaid funding for repeated failures to meet health and safety standards, the state health department said Thursday. Kyle Fouts, who has led...

Providence agrees to pay $22 million in medical fraud case

Apr. 12, 2022 20:38 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Providence Health & Services Washington has agreed to pay $22.6 million to resolve allegations that its Walla Walla hospital fraudulently billed Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs for medically unnecessary neurosurgery procedures, prosecutors said...

Montana psych hospital loses payments after deaths, assault

Apr. 11, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials say they'll no longer pay for services at Montana's state psychiatric hospital following staffing shortages and other problems that were blamed in patient deaths and a violent assault last month involving unsupervised patients. The U.S....

Medicare weighs premium cut after limiting Alzheimer's drug

Apr. 07, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Thursday it's considering a cut in enrollee premiums, after officials stuck with an earlier decision to sharply limit coverage for a pricey new Alzheimer's drug projected to drive up program costs. The agency “is looking at that, and is still going...

Hennepin Healthcare: Chose. Doctor or police officer?

Apr. 04, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hennepin Healthcare has a new policy which prohibits its doctors from working side jobs in law enforcement. The health care system's leaders say it will end its contract for medical instruction with Minneapolis police as part of an ideological evolution. ...

House passes $35-a-month insulin cap as Dems seek wider bill

Apr. 01, 2022 00:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill capping the monthly cost of insulin at $35 for insured patients, part of an election-year push by Democrats for price curbs on prescription drugs at a time of rising inflation. Experts say the legislation, which passed 232-193 Thursday,...

House passes $35-a-month insulin cap as Dems seek wider bill

Mar. 31, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed a bill capping the monthly cost of insulin at $35 for insured patients, part of an election-year push by Democrats for price curbs on prescription drugs at a time of rising inflation. Experts say the legislation, which passed 232-193,...

COVID pandemic's end may bring turbulence for US health care

Mar. 31, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures. Winding down those policies could...

4 big expenses you could face in retirement

Mar. 30, 2022 08:49 AM EDT

Retirement planning is part savings, part guessing game. While many of your day-to-day expenses will remain the same, there are big-ticket categories that can take a large bite out of your savings. The more you can plan, the better prepared you’ll be to weather the costs. Here are...