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North Carolina officials taking over mental health agency

By Associated Press  |  November 28, 2017

North Carolina health department officials temporarily took over a regional managed-care mental health agency Monday because of "serious financial mismanagement" by its leaders in the wake of state reviews criticizing its spending and executive pay.

UnitedHealth goes the venture capital route

UnitedHealth goes the venture capital route

By Shelby Livingston  |  November 28, 2017

UnitedHealth's Optum unit has launched a venture capital arm called Optum Ventures to invest in startups focused on improving healthcare delivery and consumer access.

GOP tax overhaul could diminish research institutions

GOP tax overhaul could diminish research institutions

By Susannah Luthi  |  November 28, 2017

Both versions of the Republican-led Congress' tax overhaul tinker with financing that bolsters major health research institutions, and either proposal could have a far-reaching impact on these facilities.

CMS: Hospice Compare site can't be trusted

CMS: Hospice Compare site can't be trusted

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 28, 2017

The Hospice Compare site has been providing inaccurate information to patients since its launch in August, and it's unclear when the issues will be addressed.

North Carolina seeks to widen Medicaid network by paying docs' debt

North Carolina seeks to widen Medicaid network by paying docs' debt

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 27, 2017

Ahead of its move to managed care, North Carolina is seeking federal funds to pay the debt of doctors willing to work with Medicaid enrollees and boost its recruitment efforts. The state has also sought to impose work requirements and premiums on Medicaid beneficiaries.

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