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Obamacare subsidy rulings put heat on governors

Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for Maine governor, called a news conference last week to decry the ruling by a federal appellate court that could lead to the elimination of premium subsidies for Obamacare enrollees in Maine and 35 other states relying on the federal insurance exchange....

N.C. Senate race offers barometer on Obamacare

The North Carolina Senate race is one of the most closely watched contests in the country. It's among a dozen nationwide that will determine control of the U.S. Senate in 2015....

Insurers, states seek coverage continuity between Medicaid and private plans

After Stella Marie Means retired in March at age 55 from a clerical job in the healthcare industry, she worried about how she and her husband would be able to maintain their health coverage and afford their medications....

Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

A psychiatric patient ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire at a suburban Philadelphia medical complex, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday....

Medtronic CEO addresses Covidien deal, plans to move to Dublin

Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak is facing many questions about his plans for the medical-device maker—principally revolving around the deal announced in June to buy Irish medical supplier Covidien and move the company's headquarters to Dublin from Minneapolis....

NQF to study socio-demographic factors in 30-day readmissions

The impact of socio-demographic factors on 30-day hospital readmissions will be the focus of a robust new National Quality Forum trial, the organization announced Wednesday. The trial will consider such factors as income, education, race and primary language....

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Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others
By Associated Press | July 25, 2014
A psychiatric patient ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire at a suburban Philadelphia medical complex, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out...
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Reform Update: States will face pressure to keep subsidies jeopardized by ruling
By Paul Demko | July 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The ramifications of this week's federal appellate court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell—assuming the decision is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court—could be immense.
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Medtronic CEO addresses Covidien deal, plans to move to Dublin
By Jaimy Lee | July 25, 2014
Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak is facing many questions about his plans for the medical-device maker—principally revolving around the deal announced in June to buy Irish medical supplier Covidien...
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Is Capitol Hill leaning toward relaxing healthcare privacy regs?
By Darius Tahir | July 25, 2014
Capitol Hill's recent focus on digital health has seen bands of witnesses testifying about what policies might enable more innovation in the sector. A significant number of those witnesses agree:...
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Doctor fired back at gunman in Pa. hospital attack
By Associated Press | July 24, 2014
A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban Philadelphia hospital on Thursday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring...
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Reform Update: Medical-loss ratio rebates fall to $332M
By Bob Herman | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal rule requiring health insurers to spend a minimum percentage of premium dollars on medical care led to more than $332 million in rebates last year, according to HHS.
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NQF to study socio-demographic factors in 30-day readmissions
By Sabriya Rice | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The impact of socio-demographic factors on 30-day hospital readmissions will be the focus of a robust new National Quality Forum trial, the organization announced Wednesday. The trial will consider...
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House plan to sue Obama over employer-mandate delay moves forward
By Paul Demko | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A resolution authorizing the U.S. House of Representatives to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority by delaying the employer mandate in the federal healthcare law...
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Going public has its price for IMS, prompting Q2 loss of $220 million
By Rachel Landen | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Several one-time charges for IMS Health Holdings left the company with a $220 million second-quarter net loss despite a boost to revenue driven by double-digit growth in technology services.
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Gilead reports massive Q2 earnings jump thanks to Sovaldi
By Virgil Dickson | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Gilead Science's second-quarter earnings blew through year-ago levels, thanks in part to its blockbuster, and controversial, hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.
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Outcomes pioneer memorialized nearly 74 years after his death
By Sabriya Rice | July 23, 2014
The grave of a Boston surgeon considered by many to be a pioneering advocate for tracking patient outcomes and acknowledging medical errors was memorialized Tuesday by the American College of...
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Bogus exchange applications resulted in coverage, GAO says
By Paul Demko | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A day after federal appellate courts issued conflicting rulings about whether individuals who obtain coverage through the federal exchange are eligible for subsidies, a House subcommittee heard about...
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