Health care news from around the web: April 2 – 6, 2018

Written on Apr 05, 2018

California takes on health care giant over high costs
California's attorney general sued Sutter Health, accusing the hospital giant of illegally quashing competition and overcharging consumers and employers. The lawsuit marked a move against the dominant health care system in Northern California as concerns mount nationally about consolidation among hospitals, insurers and other industry middlemen.

Members of Congress ratchet up pressure on nursing homes
Four influential Republican Congressmen sent a letter to federal regulators April 3, requesting sweeping answers about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' oversight of nursing homes. It is part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's official inquiry into how well the agency oversees skilled nursing providers nationwide.

Virtual health care could save the U.S. billions each year
The conventional wisdom that the best health care is delivered in-person may soon be overturned. Rising costs, a shortage of physicians and an aging population are making the traditional model of care increasingly unsustainable. New uses of virtual health and digital technologies may help the industry manage these challenges.

Can the health care sector match big tech in going 100% renewable?
It seems like every month for years, some company in the digital set has committed to, or better yet, achieved 100% renewable power supply. Will the health care sector be next?

Tech Corner - Is your VPN leaking?
Check your virtual private network of choice to see if it's truly private, or if that VPN's middle name is just a suggestion.

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