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Flawed VA data includes 300,000 'pending' enrollment records for dead vets

Flawed VA data includes 300,000 'pending' enrollment records for dead vets

The Veterans Health Administration is not effectively managing essential data, causing a large backlog of applications and other problems with getting veterans healthcare. The department's inspector general found that a third of the veterans whose enrollment records were marked pending had died.

Competitor sues Florida system Health First

By Lisa Schencker  |  September 02, 2015

A public hospital has joined a number of Florida providers alleging integrated system Health First is engaging in unfair business practices. The lawsuits come amid increasing numbers of health systems moving toward integration across the country.

Rules protecting human research subjects undergoing overhaul

By Michael Sandler  |  September 03, 2015

HHS and 15 other agencies issued proposed updates to what's known as the Common Rule, which aims to protect human research subjects. The changes, coming ahead of a major White House precision-medicine initiative, include clearer consent rules for the reuse of stored blood or tissue.


Research

Biotechnology companies, 2015

Biotechnology companies, 2015

A list of the 20 largest biotechnology companies ranked by 12-month revenue as of June 30, 2015. Source: BioPharm Insight. Published Aug. 31, 2015, p. 35.


Finance

Retooled two-midnight rule gets mixed reviews

Retooled two-midnight rule gets mixed reviews

Providers and policy experts are split on the Obama administration's proposal to salvage the controversial two-midnight rule with a series of modifications intended to mollify its many critics. Some influential stakeholders still want it killed.

Safety & Quality

Premier launches nationwide battle against superbugs

Premier, the Charlotte, N.C.-based group purchasing and performance-improvement company, has launched a nationwide initiative to combat antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." Later this week, the National Quality Forum will consider an antibiotic stewardship measure proposed by the CDC.

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