April 8, 2019

Around the nation: Pennsylvania judge declines to extend Highmark, UPMC consent decree

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    The judge's ruling means the current five-year consent decree between Highmark and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) will end June 30, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Louisiana, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.

    • Louisiana: More than 30,000 people in Louisiana have been removed from the state's Medicaid program after the state determined, following a computer upgrade, that their incomes had exceeded the eligibility threshold. The state's new computer system checks income quarterly rather than annually, according to the state's Medicaid director, Jen Steele (Deslatte, AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/3).
    • Minnesota: Children's Minnesota recently launched a clinic to serve the medical and psychological needs of transgender and gender-diverse youth. Angela Kade Goepferd, medical director of the clinic, said the clinic started scheduling appointments on Tuesday and will begin seeing patients on April 22. Among other services, the clinic will offer consultations, therapy sessions, and hormone therapy (Olson, StarTribune, 4/3).
    • Pennsylvania: The five-year consent decree between Highmark and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) will end June 30, a Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shaprio (D) had sought to modify and extend the existing agreement over UPMC's objections. The judge's ruling did not address UPMC's countersuit, which asserts that the AG does not have the authority to regulate nonprofit entities (Kacik, Modern Healthcare, 4/3; Commins, HealthLeaders Media, 4/4).

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