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Healthcare spending growth lags overall economy

Consumer health spending growth remained largely flat in the second quarter, preliminary federal estimates show. Annualized spending by consumers for hospital care, clinic visits and other medical services increased 3% in the second quarter compared with the same quarter a year ago, in line with......

IOM report on medical education questions doc-shortage fears

Physician organizations are not happy that an Institute of Medicine panel's vision for overhauling Medicare-funded medical training questions two beliefs that are widely held in healthcare: that a severe physician shortage is imminent and the only way to avoid it is an infusion of federal money for......

Reform Update: Economists waiting for more numbers before dissecting ACA's impact on spending

Consumer health spending did not accelerate in April, May and June even as insurance coverage purchased through March under Obamacare went into effect, a preliminary federal estimate shows. Economists, however, met the news with more skepticism than curiosity, perhaps because of dramatic revisions......

WellPoint gains policyholders as earnings slip

WellPoint, repeating a pattern reported by insurer Humana, saw its customer base increase significantly while its earnings fell during the second quarter....

Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for healthcare and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays....

Obamacare coverage brings HCA more paying patients

HCA, the largest publicly traded hospital chain by revenue, reported a 14.2% increase in second-quarter net income as it treated more patients and improved its payer mix thanks to insurance expansion under the healthcare reform law....

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Healthcare spending growth lags overall economy
By Melanie Evans | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Consumer health spending growth remained largely flat in the second quarter, preliminary federal estimates show. Annualized spending by consumers for hospital care, clinic visits and other medical...
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WellPoint gains policyholders as earnings slip
By Virgil Dickson | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
WellPoint, repeating a pattern reported by insurer Humana, saw its customer base increase significantly while its earnings fell during the second quarter.
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Merge Healthcare sees losses narrowing despite lower sales
By John N. Frank | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Merge Healthcare, a developer of imaging and interoperability software systems, reported a net loss of $4 million in the second quarter, a marked improvement from a $28.1 million loss in the same...
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IOM report on medical education questions doc-shortage fears
By Andis Robeznieks | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Physician organizations are not happy that an Institute of Medicine panel's vision for overhauling Medicare-funded medical training questions two beliefs that are widely held in healthcare: that a...
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Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary
By Associated Press | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits...
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Smart-pill maker raises $172 million; investors still hungry for digital health
By Darius Tahir | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Startup Proteus Digital Health, whose flagship product is essentially a smart pill to help patients and doctors monitor medication adherence and data, has raised $172 million in new funding,...
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Obamacare coverage brings HCA more paying patients
By Beth Kutscher | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HCA, the largest publicly traded hospital chain by revenue, reported a 14.2% increase in second-quarter net income as it treated more patients and improved its payer mix thanks to insurance expansion...
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Reform Update: Saying Medicaid expansion will help some vets is not likely to sway opponents
By Virgil Dickson | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Congress this week is expected to approve new funding to get veterans off waiting lists and into care. While that moves forward, some patient advocates, hospital leaders and politicians are pointing...
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Medication reconciliation improvements needed: report
By Joseph Conn | July 29, 2014
Medication reconciliation, a standard operating procedure at hospitals, remains a process in need of work, according to a report based on a study of 19 hospitals released by the National Institute...
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Universal American's zeal for ACOs is fading
By Melanie Evans | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurer Universal American, the largest operator of Medicare accountable care organizations, has exited three ACOs and may drop more as the company sheds poorly performing or fringe businesses, said...
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Revamp funding for training residents: IOM
By Andis Robeznieks | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The current mechanisms for funding graduate medical education feature “a striking absence of transparency and accountability,” a new Institute of Medicine report concluded. In the report,...
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Medicare trustees' report finds 'cautious optimism'
By Darius Tahir | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Medicare trustees say there are reasons for “cautious optimism” about Medicare's financial outlook, and that Obamacare deserves at least some credit for that.
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