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Advanced EMS may not be best for cardiac-arrest patients

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 25, 2014

Patients in cardiac arrest may be better off riding to the hospital in an ambulance without advanced life support services. A new study finds that cardiac patients who received advanced care from paramedics had lower survival rates and worse clinical outcomes at substantially higher costs.

Tougher transparency rules proposed for health exchange plans

By Paul Demko  |  November 24, 2014

Consumer advocates are cheering the Obama administration's plans to strengthen transparency rules for provider networks and drug formularies so that insurance exchange customers will be able to make informed choices.

Unreported GPO fees may cause Medicare to overpay hospitals

By Jaimy Lee  |  November 24, 2014

A government watchdog wants to know if hospitals accurately report revenue they receive from group purchasing organizations, a question that may have broader implications for the federal safe harbor that allows GPOs to earn and distribute such administrative fees.

GE will steer workers to Northwestern Memorial for hips and knees

By Bob Herman  |  November 24, 2014

An agreement between the prominent Chicago hospital and one of the largest employers in the country is yet another example that self-insured companies want to work more directly with high-quality health systems for certain procedures.

FDA issues warning on laparoscopic power morcellators

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is warning against the use of laparoscopic power morcellator devices to treat uterine fibroids, while obstetricians and gynecologists insist that some women should still have access to the products.

Beth Israel Deaconess settles state data breach suit for $100,000

By Joseph Conn  |  November 24, 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has agreed to pay $100,000 and strengthen its data security policies to settle a state health information data breach complaint involving the medical and personal records of nearly 4,000 individuals exposed by the theft of an unencrypted laptop computer.

HealthSouth acquires home health chain

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 24, 2014

HealthSouth Corp., the nation's largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital chain, announced Monday plans to acquire Encompass Home Health and Hospice for about $750 million.

U.S. looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak

By Associated Press  |  November 23, 2014

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.

Open enrollment's first week: So far, (mostly) so good

By Bob Herman and Darius Tahir  |  November 21, 2014

Most insurers, hospitals and other enrollment organizations agree that the federal and state exchanges are performing much better this time around. But the process of signing up and re-enrolling millions of Americans still isn't perfect, with some problems reported around the country.

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