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Expect more not-for-profit hospital mergers and acquisitions, S&P says
By Beth Kutscher | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The surge in merger and acquisition activity among not-for-profit health systems has boosted credit ratings for the sector, according to a report from Standard & Poor's.
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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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Healthcare GPOs promote positive influence ahead of GAO report
By Jaimy Lee | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The group-purchasing industry has released two reports highlighting its role in helping hospitals reduce costs—and pre-empting a federal report examining its use of fees and exclusionary contracts.
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CDC issues stronger safety standards for healthcare workers handling Ebola
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Conceding its previous Ebola safety protocols failed in Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued more robust guidelines aimed at better protecting workers who confront Ebola and other deadly infectious diseases.
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AbbVie and Shire end merger talks
Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business | October 20, 2014
North Chicago-based medical products maker AbbVie and Irish drugmaker Shire have agreed to terminate their proposed merger.
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St. Luke's Hospital names Candio next president and CEO
By Adam Rubenfire | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Christine Candio has been named president and CEO of St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. She will replace Gary Olson, who is retiring after 36 years at St. Luke's. Her appointment is effective in January.
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Reform Update: At AAFP gathering, topics range from access to vasectomies
By Andis Robeznieks | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The lasting and fleeting impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are a focus of the American Academy Family Physicians' policy-setting meeting and educational assembly in Washington this week.
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Nigeria is free of Ebola, health officials declare
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nigeria has been declared free of Ebola transmission, according to health officials, making it the second West African nation to have successfully contained the deadly virus, which has killed more than 4,500 and continues to spread elsewhere in the region.
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43 declared safe from Ebola risk after active monitoring
By Adam Rubenfire | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Forty-three people in Texas who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient, are no longer at risk for developing the disease.
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Texas Health Resources CEO admits staff not fully trained before Ebola outbreak
By Adam Rubenfire | October 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan admitted Sunday that the system's Ebola training programs “had not been fully deployed before the virus struck.”
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