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Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for healthcare and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays....

Obamacare coverage brings HCA more paying patients

HCA, the largest publicly traded hospital chain by revenue, reported a 14.2% increase in second-quarter net income as it treated more patients and improved its payer mix thanks to insurance expansion under the healthcare reform law....

Revamp funding for training residents: IOM

The current mechanisms for funding graduate medical education feature “a striking absence of transparency and accountability,” a new Institute of Medicine report concluded. In the report, Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs, the IOM panel says future funding......

Medicare trustees' report finds 'cautious optimism'

The Medicare trustees say there are reasons for “cautious optimism” about Medicare's financial outlook, and that Obamacare deserves at least some credit for that....

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....

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Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary
By Associated Press | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits...
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Smart-pill maker raises $172 million; investors still hungry for digital health
By Darius Tahir | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Startup Proteus Digital Health, whose flagship product is essentially a smart pill to help patients and doctors monitor medication adherence and data, has raised $172 million in new funding,...
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Obamacare coverage brings HCA more paying patients
By Beth Kutscher | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HCA, the largest publicly traded hospital chain by revenue, reported a 14.2% increase in second-quarter net income as it treated more patients and improved its payer mix thanks to insurance expansion...
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Reform Update: Saying Medicaid expansion will help some vets is not likely to sway opponents
By Virgil Dickson | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Congress this week is expected to approve new funding to get veterans off waiting lists and into care. While that moves forward, some patient advocates, hospital leaders and politicians are pointing...
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Medication reconciliation improvements needed: report
By Joseph Conn | July 29, 2014
Medication reconciliation, a standard operating procedure at hospitals, remains a process in need of work, according to a report based on a study of 19 hospitals released by the National Institute...
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Universal American's zeal for ACOs is fading
By Melanie Evans | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurer Universal American, the largest operator of Medicare accountable care organizations, has exited three ACOs and may drop more as the company sheds poorly performing or fringe businesses, said...
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Revamp funding for training residents: IOM
By Andis Robeznieks | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The current mechanisms for funding graduate medical education feature “a striking absence of transparency and accountability,” a new Institute of Medicine report concluded. In the report,...
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Medicare trustees' report finds 'cautious optimism'
By Darius Tahir | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Medicare trustees say there are reasons for “cautious optimism” about Medicare's financial outlook, and that Obamacare deserves at least some credit for that.
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Kindred drops partial tender offer for Gentiva to pursue entire company
By Beth Kutscher | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Kindred Healthcare late Monday said it will drop efforts to purchase a 14.9% stake in Gentiva and will instead enter due diligence to submit a potential offer for the entire company that would be...
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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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Osteopathic group leader calls for more research, IT innovation
By Andis Robeznieks | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Robert Juhasz recently began his term as the 118th president of the American Osteopathic Association by issuing a challenge to the AOA House of Delegates to dramatically improve and increase...
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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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