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CDC, hospitals hit reset on Ebola preparedness

Hospitals across the country are stepping up their preparedness and staff training for the possible arrival of Ebola cases at their doorsteps in the wake of failures in handling Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas....

Provider, pharmacy sector see lively quarter

The mergers and acquisitions storm in the life sciences blew in fast and furious in the second quarter and petered out just as quickly. But the ripple effect roiled subsectors of the healthcare industry that previously had been quiet....

At home with the specialist: Oncologists and other specialists launching patient-centered medical homes

A growing number of specialist practices, insurers and health systems are moving toward the specialist-based medical home model....

Obama names Ebola 'czar'

Ron Klain, a lawyer who served as a senior White House aide to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to both then-Vice President Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden, has been named Obama's point man on the Ebola crisis, the White House announced Friday....

Obama urges calm as critics call for more action on Ebola

President Barack Obama sought to restore calm Thursday evening to a nation and healthcare system rattled by a seemingly fast-growing threat from a disease that looked remote and manageable less than three weeks earlier....

Texas hospital official apologizes for misdiagnosing Ebola case

An official from the hospital system that owns Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has apologized for initially misdiagnosing the symptoms of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. patient to die from Ebola. At least two of the hospital’s workers who cared for him have also contracted the......

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Stricter CDC standards for Ebola care expected
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal health officials are expected to issue stricter standards soon for the use of personal protective equipment by healthcare workers who treat patients infected with Ebola.
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Reform Update: At AAFP gathering, topics range from access to vasectomies
By Andis Robeznieks | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The lasting and fleeting impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are a focus of the American Academy Family Physicians' policy-setting meeting and educational assembly in Washington...
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Texas Health Resources CEO admits staff not fully trained before Ebola outbreak
By Adam Rubenfire | October 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan admitted Sunday that the system's Ebola training programs “had not been fully deployed before the virus struck.”
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HHS extends Stark, anti-kickback waiver for ACOs
By Lisa Schencker | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS will allow Medicare accountable care organizations to continue operating outside of federal kickback and physician self-referral laws for at least another year.
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Reform Update: McConnell's claims on Kentucky exchange, Obamacare baffle experts
By Darius Tahir | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made a habit of saying during his hotly contested race for re-election that repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would not...
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Obama names Ebola 'czar'
By Adam Rubenfire , John N. Frank and Virgil Dickson | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Ron Klain, a lawyer who served as a senior White House aide to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to both then-Vice President Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden, has been named Obama's point...
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Financial fallout hits Texas Health Resources
By Rachel Landen | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas Health Resources, which saw the first U.S. Ebola patient die this month at one of its hospitals, is starting to see financial repercussions from that event and the subsequent attention it's...
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Reform Update: More providers, insurers showing appetite for narrow networks
By Bob Herman | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new health plan collaboration in Wisconsin between a hospital system and an insurer is the latest sign that providers and insurers are betting on narrow networks even as controversy continues over...
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Military EHR bid deadline extended for $11B contract
Joseph Conn | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Electronic health-record systems developers and information technology systems integrators not already in the hunt for what could be an $11 billion contract have only a week to put their bids...
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Texas hospital official apologizes for misdiagnosing Ebola case
By Virgil Dickson | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An official from the hospital system that owns Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has apologized for initially misdiagnosing the symptoms of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. patient to die...
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EHR interoperability solution offered by key IT panels
By Joseph Conn | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between...
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UnitedHealth's earnings suggest tame medical spending
By Bob Herman | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group's profit per share in the third quarter exceeded Wall Street's estimates in large part because of lower-than-expected medical costs, giving hope for other health insurers that...
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