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Cerner gets FTC's OK to buy Siemens Health
By Bob Herman | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health information technology giant Cerner Corp. received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission late Thursday to move ahead with its $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens Health Services.
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Reform Update: Exit of PreferredOne from MNsure raises practical and political questions
By Paul Demko | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
PreferredOne was one of the biggest surprises of Obamacare's first open-enrollment period. The plan captured 59% of enrollments through Minnesota's exchange. But on Tuesday, PreferredOne delivered a new surprise: It's pulling out of the MNsure marketplace.
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As a proton therapy center closes, some see it as a sign
By Jaimy Lee | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Indiana University Proton Therapy Center will close in December, marking the first time a proton-beam therapy center in the U.S. has shut its doors since the rapid proliferation of the costly treatment centers began about a decade ago.
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CMS expects Medicare Advantage 2015 premiums to be flat for most enrollees
By Paul Demko | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The average monthly premium for Medicare Advantage plans in 2015 will be $33.90—an increase of $2.94, or 9.5%, over the current year. But as a result of more individuals seeking out lower-cost plans, the CMS estimates that the average premium hike will actually be $1.30 per month. And the...
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Obama creates task force to craft antibiotic-resistant bacteria battle plan
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
President Obama Thursday signed an executive order directing the formation of a task force led jointly by the secretaries of the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture to develop an action plan by Feb. 15 to carry out priorities laid out in the administration's new...
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Reform Update: Will Anthem's Vivity gain traction among large employers?
By Bob Herman | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Anthem Blue Cross' new health plan partnership with seven hospital systems has grabbed the attention of healthcare stakeholders nationally, but questions loom about the ability of the HMO-like plan to catch on and draw interest from its main target market—large, fully insured employers in Los...
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Security assessment planned for HealthCare.gov, Tavenner vows
By Virgil Dickson | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS plans to perform, by the end of September, a comprehensive security assessment of Healthcare.gov to determine if any site vulnerabilities exist, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said at a congressional hearing Thursday.
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Providence Health launches $150 million tech venture fund
By Bob Herman | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Providence Health & Services, the fifth-largest not-for-profit system in the country by revenue, has started a venture capital fund to develop innovative, consumer-driven technology. A former Amazon.com executive will run the new undertaking.
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Partners HealthCare to develop IT systems with Sunquest to interpret, share genomic data
By Beth Kutscher | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Partners HealthCare has forged a deal with Sunquest Information Systems, a diagnostic and laboratory software company, to develop tools that will make it easier for geneticists and pathologists to interpret and share genomic information.
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CPI for hospitals unchanged in August, up 4.1% year-to-year
By Melanie Evans | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Inpatient hospital prices were flat and outpatient hospital prices declined 0.3% last month, the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index show. Overall, hospital prices were unchanged in August.
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