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By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While the Sunshine Act was intended to help patients understand potential conflicts of interest in their care, some stakeholders fear the data may be used by government investigators and insurers tracking doctors' prescribing, surgical and other practice patterns.
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By Bob Herman | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Free-standing emergency departments have the potential to give rural populations access to care in areas where hospitals close. But many experts say that approach needs to be part of a broader solution that mixes emergency care with beefed-up primary and preventive care.
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By Merrill Goozner, Editor | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
All the trends are positive as the insurance industry, the government and healthcare reform advocates gear up for the second year of open enrollment on the federal and state-run insurance exchanges.
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Late News
By Paul Demko | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Concerns continue to grow about narrow-network health plans that have proved popular with consumers during the first year of state and federal insurance exchange operations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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By Virgil Dickson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
California Gov. Jerry Brown, citing budget concerns, has vetoed a bill that would have limited what the state could recoup for healthcare costs from the estates of dead Medicaid beneficiaries. As a result, some eligible lower-income Californians may decide against signing up for the program,...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Universal Health Services, one of the largest for-profit hospital companies in the U.S., is jumping back onto the international scene.
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The Week Ahead
By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals face new financial penalties this week if they fail to prevent avoidable readmissions among Medicare patients.
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By Paul Demko | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
On the eve of the 2015 open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries, insurance leaders will gather in Washington to discuss public healthcare programs.
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Regional News
By Bob Herman | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Erie Indemnity Co., an Erie, Pa.-based company that provides automobile, home and life insurance, has decided to drop Highmark as the health plan for its 4,600 employees because of the ongoing blood feud between insurer Highmark and hospital giant UPMC. Its decision could be a harbinger of what...
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By Bob Herman | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The operating margin at Cadence Health, Winfield, Ill., narrowed slightly in its fiscal 2014, ended June 30, but the two-hospital system, now part of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, still tallied healthy metrics overall.
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By Bob Herman | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For-profit hospital giant HCA announced plans to close one of its Florida hospitals because of excess inpatient capacity in the region—a sign that healthcare reform continues to push patient volumes away from inpatient hospital settings and toward lower-cost outpatient facilities.
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By Joseph Conn | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Cerner Corp., one of several major electronic health-record system vendors competing for a multibillion-dollar contract to replace the Military Health System's EHR, has entered what it terms a “strategic agreement” on its bid with Intermountain Healthcare.
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News
By Virgil Dickson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Obamacare enrollees are squeezing the finances of community health centers around the country, health center leaders say.
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By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Three more accountable care organizations have dropped out of the Medicare Pioneer demonstration, suggesting that even more sophisticated health systems may be unwilling to take losses as part of testing new payment and delivery models in Medicare.
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By Paul Demko | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Obamacare supporters touted the good news last week when the CMS announced that at least 25% more insurers will offer plans on the federal and state exchanges for 2015.
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By Bob Herman | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The six-year tenure of departing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will be remembered by healthcare groups as a time of aggressive measures to combat healthcare fraud and abuse.
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Cover Story
By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While the Sunshine Act was intended to help patients understand potential conflicts of interest in their care, some stakeholders fear the data may be used by government investigators and insurers tracking doctors' prescribing, surgical and other practice patterns.
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Features
By Bob Herman | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Free-standing emergency departments have the potential to give rural populations access to care in areas where hospitals close. But many experts say that approach needs to be part of a broader solution that mixes emergency care with beefed-up primary and preventive care.
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Editorial
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
All the trends are positive as the insurance industry, the government and healthcare reform advocates gear up for the second year of open enrollment on the federal and state-run insurance exchanges.
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Guest Commentary
By Bob Henkel | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Every day millions more patients who should take prescription drugs do not because of the high cost.
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By John Wilbanks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
It's no revelation that hospitals across the country are fervently working to improve patient safety.
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Letters
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding the Vital Signs blog post “Will Dr. Emanuel opt for death at 75? Maybe not”, the value of life is not in what we do, but who we are. Equating actions, or the ability to perform them, to our ultimate...
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Best Practices
By Maureen McKinney | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Pizza boxes, flowers, wadded-up paper, latex-glove boxes—those were just some of the items regularly tossed into the red bags reserved for regulated medical waste at Inova Health System, headquartered in Falls Church, Va.
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Q&A
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Pam Cipriano became president of the American Nurses Association in June.
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By the Numbers

A list of critical-access hospitals by state, ranked by the number of CAHs as of Sept. 19, 2014. Source: Flex Monitoring Team. Published Sept. 29, 2014, p. 30.
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News Makers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
MedPAC Chairman Glenn Hackbarth, 62, will be stepping down after his term expires in April.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dan Yunker has been named CEO of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council effective Sept. 30.
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Data Points
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Data Points for the week of Sept. 29, 2014, covered the following topics: Wellness, costs of cardiac telemetry, antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, Medicaid
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Outliers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Sometimes those old folk remedies really do work.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A Tennessee father whose 4-year-old daughter is facing years of treatment for a spinal deformity has biked more than 1,100 miles to raise funds for the Shriners Hospitals for Children system that's treating her.
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