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Devicemaker Zimmer to acquire Biomet for $13.35 billion

Zimmer Holdings plans to spend $13.35 billion in cash and stock to acquire Biomet, a musculoskeletal and biotechnology products maker, Zimmer announced Thursday morning....

Not-for-profits' expenses continue to outpace revenue growth, Moody's finds

The not-for-profit hospital sector is seeing margins tighten and cash flows decline, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service. Expense growth continues to outpace revenue growth for the second consecutive year, the service reported....

FTC wins appeal in ProMedica case

The Federal Trade Commission extended its recent winning streak in healthcare cases Tuesday when a federal appeals court agreed that a 2010 hospital acquisition by Ohio's ProMedica system was illegal....

Medicare chief Jonathan Blum leaving Obama administration

The Obama administration's top Medicare official is stepping down from his post. CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum has been with the agency for more than five years....

Sebelius’ Enroll America fundraising limited to two calls: GAO

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising efforts on behalf of a not-for-profit group leading Obamacare enrollment efforts were limited to two previously disclosed phone calls, according to a report issued Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office....

Surgical-robot costs put small hospitals in a bind

While overall sales of the da Vinci Surgical System are on the decline, a number of small and rural hospitals are considering acquiring the pricey machine, believing it will help them attract and retain surgeons and appeal to patients....

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FDA commissioner defends fast-track approval programs
By Virgil Dickson | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A day after the Food and Drug Administration proposed a new accelerated approval pathway for some medical devices, Commissioner Margaret Hamburg rejected suggestions that the agency's efforts to get...
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Reform Update: ACO efforts to constrain spending face hurdle—patients
By Melanie Evans | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals and doctors aspiring to increase their margins by controlling health spending are finding their patients' indifference to those efforts a significant obstacle. To grasp how significant,...
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Not-for-profits' expenses continue to outpace revenue growth, Moody's finds
By Rachel Landen | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The not-for-profit hospital sector is seeing margins tighten and cash flows decline, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service. Expense growth continues to outpace revenue growth for...
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Unencrypted-laptop thefts at center of recent HIPAA settlements
By Joseph Conn | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Concentra Health Services, Addison, Texas, a subsidiary of Humana and a provider of occupational medicine and other health services, has agreed to pay the Office for Civil Rights more than $1.7...
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NQF panel votes against sepsis central-line mandate
By Sabriya Rice | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A National Quality Forum patient-safety committee on Tuesday overturned its previous endorsement of guidelines calling for central venous catheterization in some patients with severe sepsis and...
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Heartbleed hasn't shaken healthcare software development methods
By Joseph Conn | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Open-source software development is retaining the support of many healthcare information technology users, developers and security professionals despite the recent issues raised by the discovery of...
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Health IT issues, care-coordination worries top new ECRI safety list
By Sabriya Rice | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Failure of health IT systems, poor coordination of patient care and lack of planning for expected drug shortages are all listed among the top concerns facing healthcare organizations in a new ECRI...
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Medicare chief Jonathan Blum leaving Obama administration
By Paul Demko | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration's top Medicare official is stepping down from his post. CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum has been with the agency for more than five years.
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FTC wins appeal in ProMedica case
By Joe Carlson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Federal Trade Commission extended its recent winning streak in healthcare cases Tuesday when a federal appeals court agreed that a 2010 hospital acquisition by Ohio's ProMedica system was illegal.
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CMS searching for small biz vendors for next HealthCare.gov contract
By Virgil Dickson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is in the early stages of determining if a smaller vendor could take over HealthCare.gov when Accenture’s one-year contract expires.
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Kids getting codeine despite safety concerns
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Little progress has been made toward adhering to national guidelines against the use of drugs containing codeine within hospital emergency department settings, despite concerns about prescribing them...
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Reform Update: Patients often seek care outside of their ACOs, research shows
By Melanie Evans | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare accountable care organizations may find the incentive to manage healthcare quality and cost very weak. New research suggests patients frequently seek care outside of the ACOs they're...
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