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By Paul Demko | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period focused on signing up as many people as possible. But when enrollment for the second year of coverage opens on Nov. 15, the task for health plans, insurance brokers and navigators will be more complex.
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By Joseph Conn | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
This spring, Michigan lawmakers removed a major roadblock to the exchange of patient medical records between behavioral-health and medical providers by approving a uniform patient notification and consent form.
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By Merrill Goozner, Editor | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For years, infectious-disease specialists have warned public health officials to begin preparing for unexpected outbreaks of microbial infections due to climate change.
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Late News
By Paul Demko | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare has not been at the forefront of Iowa's tightly contested Senate race between Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst. But last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee started running an ad attacking Braley on Medicare.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Ron Anderson, the longtime leader of Parkland Health & Hospital System who was remembered for his efforts to expand healthcare access to underserved communities, died Thursday from cancer. He was 68.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Community health centers are slated to receive $295 million in federal funding in an effort to expand access to primary-care services to more than a million new patients.
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The Week Ahead
By Virgil Dickson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A Senate committee on Tuesday will consider the extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program, whose funding is scheduled to expire next September.
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By Paul Demko | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The United Network for Organ Sharing has released a preliminary plan to overhaul the current system for determining which patients receive donated livers, and many transplant physicians are gearing up to fight it.
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Regional News
By Virgil Dickson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor, has given up on his attempt to expand Medicaid on his own without the support of the GOP-led General Assembly.
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By Bob Herman | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Federal Trade Commission has withdrawn its agreement resolving a high-profile antitrust dispute with Phoebe Putney Health System.
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By Beth Kutscher | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Cleveland Clinic will become the first not-for-profit health system to finance its long-term projects with bonds that don't mature for 100 years.
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By Beth Kutscher | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Physicians in California are fighting back against a plan to appoint an outside staffing firm to manage physician contracts at up to 12 hospitals owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp.
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News
By Bob Herman | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem creating a $7 billion academic-suburban behemoth reinforces the growing national trend of large, financially stable hospital systems realigning as regional mega-systems.
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By Joseph Conn | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has thrown out its proposal to create nonbinding testing and certification criteria to prepare electronic health-record vendors for coming EHR requirements.
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By Darius Tahir | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Electronic health-record giant Epic Systems Corp. has hired Washington lobbying firm Card & Associates to counter a negative perception in Congress that its EHR systems are not interoperable with other vendors' technology.
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By Darius Tahir | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health plan officials are pressing the CMS to notify them when their members choose a different plan through HealthCare.gov for 2015 rather than re-enrolling in the same plan. But the CMS says it is merely exploring whether it will accommodate the request.
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By Sabriya Rice | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In the wake of comedian Joan Rivers' death following an ambulatory surgery procedure, patient-safety leaders and some physicians are calling on outpatient surgery centers to more carefully select elderly patients for surgery and are urging patients to scrutinize the qualifications of physicians in...
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By Sabriya Rice | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Under pressure from healthcare industry groups, the CMS announced it will delay until January its launch of a five-star rating system for kidney dialysis providers intended to help Medicare beneficiaries compare quality of care at centers across the country.
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By Darius Tahir | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare providers including the Mayo Clinic are expressing interest in working with Apple on its new smartwatch and HealthKit software platform to enable people to collect and share their health information. But skeptics say most consumers have limited interest in using wearable devices to...
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By Modern Healthcare
Voting has begun for Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Awards for 2014, recognizing healthcare executives for their service outside of the organizations they lead to improve their community's health and well-being.
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Cover Story
By Paul Demko | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period focused on signing up as many people as possible. But when enrollment for the second year of coverage opens on Nov. 15, the task for health plans, insurance brokers and navigators will be more complex.
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Features
By Joseph Conn | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
This spring, Michigan lawmakers removed a major roadblock to the exchange of patient medical records between behavioral-health and medical providers by approving a uniform patient notification and consent form.
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Editorial
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For years, infectious-disease specialists have warned public health officials to begin preparing for unexpected outbreaks of microbial infections due to climate change.
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Guest Commentary
By Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When I was a kid in Shreveport, La., my father was chief of radiology at the local hospital. He also ran the hospital and supervised the cafeteria. Today he'd be the COO.
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By Eugene Litvak | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
American healthcare is extraordinarily dynamic—with new technologies, government initiatives, structures of healthcare providers, improvement strategies and other potentially transformational initiatives.
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Letters
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As the CEO of a community hospital in North Carolina, I and my staff are challenged professionally, ethically and emotionally by the dire plight of mental-health patients in our community.
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Best Practices
By Maureen McKinney | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Nearly two years ago, leaders at Intermountain Healthcare, a 21-hospital system based in Salt Lake City, made a seemingly small but critical wording change to its organizational strategy.
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Q&A
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Modern Healthcare Editor Merrill Goozner recently spoke with James Hinton, CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, who has chaired the American Hospital Association board for the past year. Since joining Presbyterian in 1983 and in nearly two decades at its helm, he helped create...
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By the Numbers

A list of the nation's 20 largest health insurers, by revenue, based on total direct premiums earned in 2013. Source: Weiss Ratings. Published Sept. 15, 2014, p. 30.
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News Makers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Janice Nevin, 54, will be CEO of Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del., effective Jan. 1.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Nancy Hoyt has been named board chair of Compassion & Choices, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit organizations devoted to end-of-life care options.
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Data Points
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Data Points for the week of Sept. 15, 2014, covered the following topics: Suicide, depression and substance abuse.
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Outliers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The first note that hits you is the spicy wasabi, which is quickly balanced with a cooling ginger finish. But while it recalls a piece of maki sushi, it's actually a potato chip: Lay's Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Production will be high, so to speak, at the nation's only federally sanctioned marijuana farm this year.
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Corrections and Clarifications
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The article “Another year of big pay hikes for not-for-profit hospital CEOs,” reported a large salary increase for Dr. Ronald Paulus, CEO of Mission Health, Asheville, N.C., by using partial-year...
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