Large companies form alliance to tackle healthcare costs

Large companies form alliance to tackle healthcare costs

Twenty major U.S. corporations, including Coca-Cola Co. and hospital operator HCA, announced Friday that they would share data and expertise in an effort to curb their healthcare costs.

Proposed privacy rule changes may leave substance-abuse patients vulnerable

By Joseph Conn  |  February 05, 2016

The CMS weighed in Friday on yet another federal argument against patient control and in favor of more fluid information sharing. The agency proposes modifying a key federal privacy rule covering patient records for drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment, and by default, behavioral health.


Largest U.S. teaching hospitals, 2016

Largest U.S. teaching hospitals, 2016

A list of the nation's 25 largest academic medical centers, ranked by the total number of residents and interns based on Medicare cost report figures, 2013. Source: American Hospital Directory. Published: Feb. 1, 2016, p. 34.


Doctor gets 30 years to life for prescription drug deaths

A doctor convicted of murder for prescribing exorbitant amounts of painkillers that left three patients dead was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison. The doctor, who was accused of prescribing "crazy, outrageous amounts of medication" to patients who didn't even need the drugs,...


Blue Cross parent axes workers on heels of Obamacare losses

The job cuts come on the heels of big losses, fueled by capturing a large portion of enrollees who bought health plans on the public health insurance exchange. Through its Blue Cross plans, including in Illinois, Health Care Service Corp. offered some of the lowest-cost policies on the online...

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