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Medicare solvency improves, but trustees remain guarded

The depletion date for the Part A hospital insurance trust fund is now projected at 2030, compared with last year's projection of 2026, and initial projections show unchanged Part B premiums in 2015, the program's trustees said in their annual report Monday....

Bill would give VA $17 billion infusion

The leaders of the conference committee established to merge House and Senate bills to reform the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department have agreed to give $17 billion to the beleaguered federal agency to turn things around....

Steele to step down as Geisinger CEO next year

Geisinger Health System has launched the search for a successor to CEO Dr. Glenn Steele....

Lou Gehrig's disease an extremely rare malady, CDC says

Lou Gehrig, the iconic New York Yankee slugger, was forced to retire from baseball in 1939 because of a rare neuromuscular disorder. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives a first-of-its-kind glimpse into just how rare that incurable disease is....

Tentative deal reached on VA reform

The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' healthcare....

Obamacare subsidy rulings put heat on governors

Republican governors—particularly those in tough re-election battles—could find it politically dicey to resist taking steps to keep exchange subsidies flowing in their states....

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Bill would give VA $17 billion infusion
By Virgil Dickson | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The leaders of the conference committee established to merge House and Senate bills to reform the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department have agreed to give $17 billion to the beleaguered federal agency to...
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Medicare solvency improves, but trustees remain guarded
By Darius Tahir | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The depletion date for the Part A hospital insurance trust fund is now projected at 2030, compared with last year's projection of 2026, and initial projections show unchanged Part B premiums in 2015,...
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Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others
By Associated Press | July 25, 2014
A psychiatric patient ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire at a suburban Philadelphia medical complex, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out...
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Reform Update: States will face pressure to keep subsidies jeopardized by ruling
By Paul Demko | July 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The ramifications of this week's federal appellate court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell—assuming the decision is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court—could be immense.
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Vital Signs
Medtronic CEO addresses Covidien deal, plans to move to Dublin
By Jaimy Lee | July 25, 2014
Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak is facing many questions about his plans for the medical-device maker—principally revolving around the deal announced in June to buy Irish medical supplier Covidien...
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Is Capitol Hill leaning toward relaxing healthcare privacy regs?
By Darius Tahir | July 25, 2014
Capitol Hill's recent focus on digital health has seen bands of witnesses testifying about what policies might enable more innovation in the sector. A significant number of those witnesses agree:...
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Doctor fired back at gunman in Pa. hospital attack
By Associated Press | July 24, 2014
A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban Philadelphia hospital on Thursday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring...
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Reform Update: Medical-loss ratio rebates fall to $332M
By Bob Herman | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal rule requiring health insurers to spend a minimum percentage of premium dollars on medical care led to more than $332 million in rebates last year, according to HHS.
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NQF to study socio-demographic factors in 30-day readmissions
By Sabriya Rice | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The impact of socio-demographic factors on 30-day hospital readmissions will be the focus of a robust new National Quality Forum trial, the organization announced Wednesday. The trial will consider...
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House plan to sue Obama over employer-mandate delay moves forward
By Paul Demko | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A resolution authorizing the U.S. House of Representatives to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority by delaying the employer mandate in the federal healthcare law...
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Going public has its price for IMS, prompting Q2 loss of $220 million
By Rachel Landen | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Several one-time charges for IMS Health Holdings left the company with a $220 million second-quarter net loss despite a boost to revenue driven by double-digit growth in technology services.
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Gilead reports massive Q2 earnings jump thanks to Sovaldi
By Virgil Dickson | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Gilead Science's second-quarter earnings blew through year-ago levels, thanks in part to its blockbuster, and controversial, hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.
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