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Reform latecomers: Afraid of getting left behind, big insurers expand exchange participation for 2015

Experts say insurers are entering more state exchanges in 2015 because they recognize the shift toward a more consumer-oriented market and they see the risk pool getting more balanced as enrollment grows....

Republicans strategize attack on Obamacare if they win the Senate

Count on two years of intensified battles over Obamacare if Republicans win control of the Senate in next month's elections, which pollsters say they have a better-than-even chance of achieving....

Providers and plans target big push to boost Medicaid enrollment

One of Obamacare's biggest success stories this year was that millions of previously uninsured Americans got coverage through the law's expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults....

Ebola aid workers given mandatory quarantine in New York, New Jersey

The governors of New York and New Jersey on Friday afternoon ordered mandatory quarantine of up to 21 days for health workers and anyone else arriving in the U.S. after direct contact with Ebola patients in the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone....

Texas nurse Nina Pham free of Ebola

Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola virus while treating Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, was discharged from care, National Institutes of Health officials announced Friday morning....

N.Y. physician now fourth Ebola case diagnosed in U.S., preliminary test shows

A doctor in New York is now the first Ebola case in the country's largest city, according to results of a preliminary test done Thursday. He is the fourth confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. and the first outside Texas where patient one, Thomas Eric Duncan, died from the disease earlier......

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Latest motion filed in four-year Georgia hospital divestiture battle
By Lisa Schencker | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Phoebe Putney Health System filed a motion this week seeking to halt the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to force it to give up one of its hospitals until after the state of Georgia makes a...
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Ebola aid workers given mandatory quarantine in New York, New Jersey
By Harris Meyer and Adam Rubenfire | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The governors of New York and New Jersey on Friday afternoon ordered mandatory quarantine of up to 21 days for health workers and anyone else arriving in the U.S. after direct contact with Ebola...
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DeSalvo, other departures signal brain drain at ONC
By Joseph Conn | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The appointment Thursday of Dr. Karen DeSalvo as acting assistant secretary of health leaves the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, already hit hard by key staff departures, further...
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Texas nurse Nina Pham free of Ebola
By Virgil Dickson and John N. Frank | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola virus while treating Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, was discharged from care, National...
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Reform Update: Partisan standoff looms over crucial risk-corridor payments
By Paul Demko | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A big fight could be brewing over Obamacare's risk-corridor program. Insurers are relying on the program to protect them from major losses if their exchange customers end up being sicker and more...
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DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team
By Joseph Conn and Darius Tahir | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, sources tell Modern...
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N.Y. physician now fourth Ebola case diagnosed in U.S., preliminary test shows
By Adam Rubenfire and John N. Frank | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A doctor in New York is now the first Ebola case in the country's largest city, according to results of a preliminary test done Thursday. He is the fourth confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the...
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Reform Update: Hospitals attack insurance 'skinny plans' as too thin
By Bob Herman | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some employers are building health insurance policies that are technically compliant with the healthcare reform law, yet don't include coverage of inpatient hospital services. Backers of such plans...
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DaVita Kidney Care to pay $389 million to settle whistle-blower case
By Gregg Blesch | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
DaVita Kidney Care will pay $389 million to resolve a whistle-blower's allegations that the company induced physicians to steer patients to its dialysis centers with opportunities to profit by buying...
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CDC to monitor travelers from Ebola-affected countries
By Steven Ross Johnson and Adam Rubenfire | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Individuals traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be actively monitored for Ebola symptoms for 21 days after they enter the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
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Outpatient volume fuels Hawaii Pacific Health's FY14 gains
By Bob Herman | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hawaii Pacific Health, a four-hospital system headquartered in Honolulu, reported significant growth in its bottom line in its most recent fiscal year despite inpatient admissions falling.
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Medical device hack-attack issues resurface
By Joseph Conn | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Three medical-device makers have been identified by unnamed sources as having their products under review by an arm of the Homeland Security Department for possible cybersecurity vulnerabilities,...
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