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Inside medicine's gray zone

Inside medicine's gray zone

Researchers and cost-control advocates are increasingly questioning drugs, devices and procedures that proved effective in clinical trials but don't achieve the same outcomes once widely deployed. Sometimes they perform worse than cheaper alternatives already on the market.

Virginia Mason says steps taken to correct endoscope safety issues

By John N. Frank  |  January 24, 2015

Virginia Mason Medical Center, responding Saturday after numerous press reports of deaths at its facility over a two-year period, said in a statement that the problem stemmed from endoscope cleaning guidelines that were inadequate.


Research

20 largest healthcare finance companies

20 largest healthcare finance companies

A list of the nation's 20 largest healthcare finance companies, ranked by amount of loans underwritten in the healthcare sector underwritten in 2014. Source: Dealogic. Published Jan. 24, 2015, p. 34.


Finance

HCA to be added to S&P 500

HCA to be added to S&P 500

HCA, the largest hospital chain by revenue, had a strong 2014 that raised its share price more than 50%. And now it appears that performance was enough to earn it a spot on the elite Standard & Poor's 500.

Safety & Quality

CMS posts dialysis ratings as industry protests

CMS posts dialysis ratings as industry protests

Consumers can now evaluate the quality of care at more than 5,500 dialysis facilities online with a five-star rating system the CMS rolled out Thursday. The program is part of a broader federal initiative to boost transparency and help Medicare beneficiaries compare quality.

People

ONC fills new job targeting EHR interoperability

ONC fills new job targeting EHR interoperability

HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has hired its first chief information officer as the agency shifts its focus toward improving the interoperability of electronic health-record systems.

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