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CBO cuts Medicaid cost estimates; GOP governors unlikely to care

States will spend $46 billion between 2015 and 2024 on Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office now estimates. The new figure is approximately one-third less than its $70 billion February estimate....

FDA's proposed e-cig rule: Too far or not far enough?

The federal government's plan to regulate electronic cigarettes is drawing criticism from those who believe restrictions on the product will interfere with smokers' efforts to switch to a less-harmful habit. But many public-health advocates fear the new rules don't go far enough....

Devicemaker Zimmer to acquire Biomet for $13.35 billion

Zimmer Holdings plans to spend $13.35 billion in cash and stock to acquire Biomet, a musculoskeletal and biotechnology products maker, Zimmer announced Thursday morning....

Not-for-profits' expenses continue to outpace revenue growth, Moody's finds

The not-for-profit hospital sector is seeing margins tighten and cash flows decline, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service. Expense growth continues to outpace revenue growth for the second consecutive year, the service reported....

FTC wins appeal in ProMedica case

The Federal Trade Commission extended its recent winning streak in healthcare cases Tuesday when a federal appeals court agreed that a 2010 hospital acquisition by Ohio's ProMedica system was illegal....

Medicare chief Jonathan Blum leaving Obama administration

The Obama administration's top Medicare official is stepping down from his post. CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum has been with the agency for more than five years....

Video News: CEO Trevor Fetter on Tenet after the Vanguard deal

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Medicare data cast spotlight on most prolific spinal surgeons
By Joe Carlson | April 24, 2014
Experts have long been alarmed by the growth rate of spinal-fusion surgeries. Now, an analysis of new Medicare data by CBS News shows that a disproportionate number of the most risky and...
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FDA's proposed e-cig rule: Too far or not far enough?
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government's plan to regulate electronic cigarettes is drawing criticism from those who believe restrictions on the product will interfere with smokers' efforts to switch to a...
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Reform Update: States wary of opening new exchanges as grant deadline looms
By Paul Demko | April 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Only two additional states—Idaho and New Mexico—plan to begin operating their own insurance exchanges when the 2015 open-enrollment period starts on Nov. 15. That will leave 35 states...
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Devicemaker Zimmer to acquire Biomet for $13.35 billion
By John N. Frank | April 24, 2014
Zimmer Holdings plans to spend $13.35 billion in cash and stock to acquire Biomet, a musculoskeletal and biotechnology products maker, Zimmer announced Thursday morning.
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Aetna guarded about exchange expansion even as earnings soar
By Paul Demko | April 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Aetna remains wary about expanding its presence in public healthcare exchanges for 2015 because of lingering uncertainties about the emerging marketplaces, the company's CEO said Thursday. That news...
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Accretive Health CEO to step down
By Melanie Evans | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Accretive Health, the healthcare revenue cycle company recently delisted by the New York Stock Exchange and bruised by legal troubles, announced a search to replace President and CEO Steve...
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FDA commissioner defends fast-track approval programs
By Virgil Dickson | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A day after the Food and Drug Administration proposed a new accelerated approval pathway for some medical devices, Commissioner Margaret Hamburg rejected suggestions that the agency's efforts to get...
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Reform Update: ACO efforts to constrain spending face hurdle—patients
By Melanie Evans | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals and doctors aspiring to increase their margins by controlling health spending are finding their patients' indifference to those efforts a significant obstacle. To grasp how significant,...
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Not-for-profits' expenses continue to outpace revenue growth, Moody's finds
By Rachel Landen | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The not-for-profit hospital sector is seeing margins tighten and cash flows decline, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service. Expense growth continues to outpace revenue growth for...
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Unencrypted-laptop thefts at center of recent HIPAA settlements
By Joseph Conn | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Concentra Health Services, Addison, Texas, a subsidiary of Humana and a provider of occupational medicine and other health services, has agreed to pay the Office for Civil Rights more than $1.7...
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NQF panel votes against sepsis central-line mandate
By Sabriya Rice | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A National Quality Forum patient-safety committee on Tuesday overturned its previous endorsement of guidelines calling for central venous catheterization in some patients with severe sepsis and...
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Heartbleed hasn't shaken healthcare software development methods
By Joseph Conn | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Open-source software development is retaining the support of many healthcare information technology users, developers and security professionals despite the recent issues raised by the discovery of...
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