Illinois gov Bruce Rauner threatens to cut state insurance payments to providers; Challenges and benefits of managing remote employees;

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> As Illinois approaches its 11th week without a state budget, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has threatened to stop all payments to doctors, hospitals and others that provide healthcare to almost 363,000 state workers, university employees, retirees and others covered by the state's group insurance plan, according to the State Journal-RegisterArticle
> When lawmakers scaled back Medicaid eligibility for thousands of low-income parents in Connecticut this year, they argued that those individuals could instead buy deeply discounted coverage through the state's health insurance exchange. But so far, just 140 of the nearly 800 who lost coverage this month have signed up, the Hartford Courant reports. Article

> Two proposed mergers involving four of the nation's biggest health insurers could reduce competition, writes the New York Times editorial board. "That's why federal and state regulators need to closely study these deals and, if necessary, force the companies to sell some parts of their businesses," the board writes. Editorial

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> As more healthcare organizations adopt work-from-home policies, hospital leaders must learn how to manage remote employees. Although there are challenges to managing a virtual workforce, hospitals that have success with it find their employees are more motivated, productive--and more likely to stay, a leading healthcare executive recruiter tells FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview. Article

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> Telehealth offers an ideal way to provide ongoing communication and care coordination for caregivers of patients with traumatic brain injury, a case study from the Department of Veterans Affairs illustrates. Article

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