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Feds outline plan to pay states for Basic Health Program in 2016
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government will continue to fund an optional health insurance program for the working poor in 2016 with the methodology it used for 2015, according to a proposed notice from the CMS.
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Hospitals switching to for-profit see no drop in quality
By Sabriya Rice | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Switching to for-profit status generally boosts hospitals financial health and has no effect—good or bad—on the quality of care they deliver, according to a new analysis of what happened in the years after more than 200 conversions.
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Nurses, others sue over Daughters of Charity pension plan issues
By Beth Kutscher | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nurses and other employees at Daughters of Charity Health System filed a class-action suit Tuesday, arguing that their employer underfunded its pension plan and a sale would further jeopardize their retirement benefits.
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Hospitals prepare to execute CDC's new Ebola standards
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare experts are calling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tighter guidelines for treating Ebola patients welcome but also long overdue. And meeting the standards may pose financial challenges for many facilities.
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Reform Update: Medicaid programs crafting limits on Harvoni usage
By Virgil Dickson | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Which Medicaid beneficiaries will have access to Gilead Sciences' newest high-cost hepatitis C treatment, Harvoni, and when they'll get that access, now depends on prior-authorization criteria being hammered out by various state agencies. Most will likely limit Harvoni use to patients dealing with...
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Uninsured largely unaware of looming enrollment period
By Paul Demko | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Roughly 90% of uninsured Americans are unaware of the open-enrollment period that begins Nov. 15, according to new polling data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Proposed interoperability overhaul finds boosters, doubters
By Joseph Conn | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare IT experts are split on the promise of a new recommendation that the industry go boldly where the rest of the world has already gone before by modeling its architecture for health information exchange on the structure of the Internet.
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Medicare.gov contractor looks to go public
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Connecture, a technology company that powers and designs Web-based health insurance marketplaces, plans to go public. The Brookfield, Wis.-based company on Monday filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of stock.
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TeamHealth acquires scribe provider PhysAssist
By Joseph Conn | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Publicly traded physician staffing firm TeamHealth Holdings, Knoxville, Tenn., has acquired physician scribe services provider PhysAssist, Fort Worth, Texas, for an undisclosed amount, the acquirer has announced.
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Ebola causing spike in demand for hospital gear
Associated Press | October 21, 2014
Manufacturers and distributors of impermeable gowns and full-body suits meant to protect medical workers from Ebola are scrambling to keep up with a surge of new orders from U.S. hospitals, with at least one doubling its staff and still facing a weekslong backlog. Many hospitals say they already...
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