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By a Sun reporter, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2011
Jeff Singer, the longtime president and chief executive officer of Health Care for the Homeless, announced his retirement Thursday, and the organization said it was immediately launching a search committee to identify a successor. Singer's 40-year career advocating for homeless people and families included 13 years at the helm of Health Care for the Homeless, which he joined in 1987. During his tenure, the group tripled the size of a Baltimore-based clinic and state headquarters and launched new dental and pediatric programs, and he oversaw a budget that quadrupled from $3.2 million in 1998 to $13.5 million this year.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
In a reversal of state healthcare policy, transgender state employees in Maryland can now access gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other transition-related care under their state-provided health insurance plans. The change quietly went into effect at the start of this month as the result of legal negotiations in a discrimination case brought against the state by Sailor Holobaugh, a 31-year-old clinical research assistant in neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 26, 2013
Bel Air's Board of Town Commissioners recently honored a local business that occupies a unique niche in the world of health care. During the most recent town meeting on July 15, Mayor Edward Hopkins presented a proclamation to Lisa Limberger, founder and president of Healthcare's Information Edge Corp., an independent health care information systems consulting firm, whose headquarters is in the 200 block of Fulford Avenue. Hopkins said the proclamation would serve as "an official welcome" from the town.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
A company that runs health care facilities for seniors in 17 states across the country is building its new headquarters in Baltimore County. Compass Pointe Healthcare System expects to finish construction of the four-story building at the Bare Hills Business Park in May 2015. A ceremonial groundbreaking with county officials is scheduled for Wednesday. Compass Pointe is the new name of Senior Living Centers LLC, formerly based in Indianapolis, and is made up of firms acquired over the past few years, including Encore Healthcare in Columbia and Perennial Healthcare in Hunt Valley, company officials said.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
If you came to cable news Tuesday looking for hard information and analysis that would help you sort through the virulent spin from both sides on what's known as either Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, depending on your politics, here is a snapshot of what you found: Fox News had the Washington Examiner's Byron York "poking around" websites trying to log onto an Obamacare exchange to see how easy or hard it was to sign up for health insurance....
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | October 31, 1990
A former U.S. Public Health Service official and an alleged labor racketeer have been convicted of conspiracy and bribery charges tied to an insurance kickback scheme involving Woodlawn-based United Healthcare Inc.The trial jury deliberated 14 hours over four days in U.S. District Court in Baltimore before it convicted John B. LaFrance, 48, alias Jim Lofton, of Haddonfield, N.J., the former public health service official, and Angelo T. Commito, 44, of...
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By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 6, 1994
BLUE BELL, Pa. -- For months, Americans nervously watched Washington try to overhaul the nation's health care system. They should have been looking to Blue Bell instead.This southeast Pennsylvania town is the home of U.S. Healthcare, a leader in a revolution that is shattering the traditional relationship between doctor and patient.If you don't belong to U.S. Healthcare or another health maintenance organization, odds are that you will someday. Already, more than 45 million Americans, including 1.4 million Marylanders, get their health care through HMOs.
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By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,The Sherlock Co. SUN STAFF | April 7, 1996
What does U.S. Healthcare know that's worth $8.9 billion?Aetna Casualty and Life Co., the 143-year-old insurance giant, announced last week that it was spending that much to acquire the aggressive health maintenance organization -- helping position Aetna to navigate a rapidly-changing health market."
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By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | April 2, 1996
Aetna Life & Casualty Co. announced yesterday that it would buy U.S. Healthcare in an $8.9 billion deal that would forge the largest managed-care company in the United States, reaching one in 12 Americans.The purchase demonstrates how managed care is overtaking traditional health insurance. It also accelerates a trend toward consolidation and the blending of roles between traditional insurers, managed-care companies and providers.In becoming the largest, Aetna vaults over United HealthCare, which itself jumped into the No. 1 spot with a huge takeover -- the $1.6 billion purchase last June of MetraHealth, an insurer that represented the merged health businesses of Travelers Group Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.Another example of the consolidation trend was provided last week, when Columbia/HCA, a for-profit hospital chain, bought most of the operating units of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio for $300 million.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2004
Anne Arundel County school officials will meet with representatives of three unions to discuss a contentious proposal to change the administrator of one of its health care plans. "We believe it's comparable, if not better," said P. Tyson Bennett, attorney for the school board, of the proposal to switch to Minnesota-based United Healthcare. "We want the unions to be comfortable with that, as well." The decision to discuss the issue within 30 days came after speakers from three unions told school board members at a meeting yesterday that changing from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield without negotiations would violate their contracts.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Omega Healthcare Investors Inc., a Hunt Valley-based real estate investment trust, announced Monday that it earned $47.2 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, an increase of 39 percent over the $33.9 million earned during same period in 2012. Fourth quarter earnings per share rose to 38 cents last year from 30 cents in 2012. Shaes in Omega rose 17 cents Tuesday to close at $31.50 each. Omega, which buys and lends to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, saw fourth quarter revenue increase 17 percent to $111.1 million in 2013, from $95 million in 2012.
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By Jules Witcover | December 31, 2013
As the end of 2013 approaches, seldom has a domestic issue so dominated the political center stage as Obamacare did this year. The president's health-care insurance law has ridden a policy roller-coaster and will still have a huge question mark hanging over it in 2014. From the very start of Mr. Obama's presidency, the Republicans in Congress took dead aim at what became the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Mr. Obama was able to get it enacted only with solid Democratic support in 2010, while his party was still in control of both the House and Senate.
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December 5, 2013
The tele-medicine phenomenon brought about by applications such as Sickweather is changing - in some cases saving - lives across America ( "Social media can help contain illness Dec. 2). It's also creating new economic opportunities for start-up tech companies and service providers who are helping to bring these technologies into our homes. The economic and social benefits of our increasingly connected nation are the result of federal policies made at a time when divided government didn't mean non-existent governing.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 27, 2013
Let us now praise competence. The praise is overdue. Competence is like the dull, but reliable husband a woman spurns for some sexy stranger with a flashy car. Then she finds out her new fellow has the manners of a pig, the depth of a wading pool and absolutely no interest in helping her study for her real estate license. Suddenly, dull and reliable don't seem nearly so bad. We find ourselves learning that lesson on a national level for the second time in eight years. The first was in 2005.
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October 12, 2013
Government officials claim they are working around the clock to fix the problems with signing into the health care exchanges. Really? What were they doing while they were developing and testing the system? Maryland, like a lot of states, has a history of poor performance when it comes to the development and implementation of statewide systems that support social safety net programs. The problems generally result from poor government project management and over-reliance on the ability of private sector vendors to perform without effective oversight.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
If you came to cable news Tuesday looking for hard information and analysis that would help you sort through the virulent spin from both sides on what's known as either Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, depending on your politics, here is a snapshot of what you found: Fox News had the Washington Examiner's Byron York "poking around" websites trying to log onto an Obamacare exchange to see how easy or hard it was to sign up for health insurance....
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By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1997
United HealthCare of the Mid-Atlantic will move 336 headquarters jobs from Baltimore to Woodlawn, but keep another 130 jobs in the city, Leon Kaplan, chief executive of the regional health insurer, said yesterday.Kaplan said he had considered consolidating the headquarters at a single site, either downtown or in Woodlawn, before deciding to split the operation. He said the Woodlawn site was "economically right," but, "I'm not comfortable moving out of the city."He said he wanted to maintain a city presence because "it's important that employers be good corporate citizens, and part of being a good corporate citizen is to help the city as much as possible.
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By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1997
They're United now.Nearly a year ago, United HealthCare Corporation, one of the nation's largest health maintenance organization operators, bought HealthWise of America.Nashville, Tenn.-based HealthWise owned Chesapeake Health Plan, a 20-year-old, 80,000-member Baltimore HMO.At first, there was little sign of the change in ownership. But after "transitional" advertising in November and December linking Chesapeake with Minneapolis-based United, Chesapeake officially became United HealthCare of the Mid-Atlantic on Jan. 1.The change will mean a lot more than new membership cards for Chesapeake subscribers.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
Hunt Valley-based Omega Healthcare Investors has announced a public offering of 2.5 million shares of common stock priced at $30 per share. Omega, a real estate investment trust that invests in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities and specialty hospitals, plans to raise $75 million. The proceeds will be used for general purposes, possibly including a previously announced deal to acquire 56 skilled nursing centers from Ark Holding Co. Inc. for $525 million and lease them back to Ark. Omega owns or holds mortgages on 477 facilities with more than 55,000 beds in 33 states.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andrea K. Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
Carolyn Quattrocki may not be well known to most Marylanders, but she is a longtime Annapolis insider. So it's not surprising that the former special assistant to then-Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. and former deputy legislative officer under Gov. Martin O'Malley was chosen by the governor to lead the state's health reform efforts. As executive director of the Governor's Office of Health Care Reform, Quattrocki is overseeing the state's health reform efforts. Consumers can begin buying insurance on an exchange in October in time for the rollout of reform in January.
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