Archive of: Health Care

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Firms told to stop selling health plans

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has ordered five companies and seven individuals to stop selling unauthorized health insurance and discount plans in Washington.

The order includes Serve America Assurance, Ltd., Beema-Pakistan Company, Ltd., American Trade Association, Smart Data Solutions and Real Benefits Association. The individuals named in the order include Bart Posey, Colin Youell, William Worthy II, Obed Kirkpatrick, Richard Backman, David Clark and Saifuddin Ahmed.

January 2010

Bartell stops some Medicaid prescriptions

Because of reductions in compensation from the State of Washington to pharmacies filling DSHS/Medicaid prescriptions, Bartell Drugs will discontinue filling Medicaid prescriptions at 15 of its 57 stores, including 12 in metropolitan Seattle and east King County, and three in Snohomish County, effective Feb. 1.

January 2010

Olympia hospital adds operating rooms

In a forward-thinking effort to meet the needs of the growing South Puget Sound community, Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia has expanded its surgical capacity.

January 2010

TriCor marketers will pay back health programs

While marketing a drug to lower cholesterol, attorneys general say pharmaceutical giants Abbott and Fournier fattened their wallets by clogging the pathway for cheaper generics to be sold.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a settlement that requires the companies to allow competition from generic drugs and reimburse government health programs in 23 participating states and the District Columbia.

January 2010

ZymoGenetics sets price for stock PO

ZymoGenetics Inc. has priced an underwritten public offering of 14,000,000 shares of its common stock at $6 per share.

Net proceeds, after estimated underwriting discounts, commissions and estimated expenses will be about $79 million.

January 2010

Blog watch: politics, health care and cuts

Exit133 posted an item today on how the Tacoma City Council just narrowed down the candidates for its two open seats. To check out the eight candidates moving forward or to get a rundown of last night's council meeting, click here. Meanwhile the Olympia City Council has inspired people to post a few items about downtown isthmus plans on the OlyBlog.

January 2010

Hospital infection rates available online

Washington residents can now compare and research infection rates for hospitals in the state with an online tool.

The information is from the state Department of Health.

January 2010

Mason General purchases local clinic

Effective Jan. 1, 2010, a local podiatry surgery and care clinic will become a member of the Mason General Hospital family of clinics. Board-certified podiatric surgeons John Rice and James Wright will continue to provide care at Mason General Hospital Ankle & Foot, including diabetes-related ankle and foot care and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, as they have in the area since 1989.

December 2009

Pierce H1N1 counts doses for 2009

More than 238,000 H1N1 flu doses were distributed for vaccination in metropolitan Tacoma during 2009 in response to the swine flu outbreak that started last spring.

Despite the efforts, 11 Pierce County residents died of the flu this year and another 120,000 are counted as having contracted the illness.

December 2009

Money available to improve workplace health

Employers within Thurston County are invited to apply for funding to support employee health and wellness programs.

The county has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health to support employers interested in completing projects that create better access to healthy eating or physical activity at work and promoting those options to employees.

December 2009
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