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DeSalvo, other departures signal brain drain at ONC
By Joseph Conn | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The appointment Thursday of Dr. Karen DeSalvo as acting assistant secretary of health leaves the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, already hit hard by key staff departures, further depleted.
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Texas nurse Nina Pham free of Ebola
By Virgil Dickson and John N. Frank | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola virus while treating Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, was discharged from care, National Institutes of Health officials announced Friday morning.
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Cerner's Q3 profits climb as it preps to add Siemens Health
By Bob Herman | October 24, 2014
Third-quarter earnings at Cerner Corp. rose 12%, roughly in line with analysts' expectations, as the health information technology company continues to diversify and grow its business.
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Veterans get look at emerging VA telehealth system
FedScoop | October 24, 2014
The Veterans Affairs Department provided representatives of some of the nation’s leading veterans service organizations Thursday with a demonstration of the agency’s emerging telehealth system and clinical video telehealth scheduling software, both of which are designed to improve access to VA health services for veterans.
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DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team
By Joseph Conn and Darius Tahir | October 24, 2014
Dr. Karen DeSalvo is leaving her post as head of the ONC to become acting assistant secretary of health and join the administration's Ebola-response efforts.
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Texas Health shares lessons learned from Ebola stumbles
By Adam Rubenfire | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
As health workers at New York's Bellevue Hospital Center begin to treat Dr. Craig Spencer, the latest patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are sharing the lessons they learned from treating the first in the nation, Thomas Eric Duncan, and the transmissions to two nurses who cared for him.
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LifePoint results point to strong quarter for for-profit hospitals
By Beth Kutscher | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
LifePoint Hospitals again raised its financial guidance for full-year 2014 after booking higher revenue in the third quarter. The Brentwood, Tenn.-based chain, however, saw a similarly large increase in expenses that led to lower net income for the period compared to the third quarter of 2013.
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Aetna, Sam's Club project signals continuing shift toward private exchanges
By Bob Herman | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new health insurance exchange announced Thursday by a large retailer is betting that analysts who predict that roughly 40 million people will buy their health plans through a private online marketplace by 2018 are right.
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Reform Update: Partisan standoff looms over crucial risk-corridor payments
By Paul Demko | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A big fight could be brewing over Obamacare's risk-corridor program. Insurers are relying on the program to protect them from major losses if their exchange customers end up being sicker and more costly than anticipated. But Republicans—most notably Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a likely 2016 presidential candidate—have slammed the program as a bailout for insurers.
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DaVita whistle-blower settlement marks growing focus on kickbacks
By Lisa Schencker | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A nearly $400 million settlement between DaVita HealthCare Partners and the government reflects what experts see as a growing eagerness among federal fraud enforcers to go after healthcare business relationships that allegedly amount to kickbacks.
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