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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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Apple iOS 8 software bug affects health apps
By Associated Press | September 18, 2014
A bug in Apple's new iOS 8 software for mobile devices is prompting the company to withhold apps that use a highly touted feature for keeping track of fitness and health data.
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Americans endure unwanted care near death: IOM study
By Associated Press | September 18, 2014
Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.
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8% of patients stop taking Sovaldi, CVS study finds
By Jaimy Lee | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
About 8% of the patients who started taking Sovaldi to treat hepatitis C discontinued their treatment regimen prior to its conclusion, according to an analysis released Wednesday by CVS Health. The findings raise questions about how effective the costly drug will be in a larger patient population...
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VA whistle-blowers blast conclusion that waits didn't cause deaths
By Virgil Dickson | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Veterans Affairs Department physicians who blew the whistle on long waits at the VA's Phoenix hospital portrayed the department's review of the scandal as a whitewash during a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
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Slow Ebola response blamed on false assumptions about its course
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health experts and humanitarian organizations waging war against the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa hope plans announced Tuesday by the Obama Administration to send additional aid to affected regions will encourage more philanthropic support and health worker recruitment. Both money and...
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Reform Update: Anthem's Vivity alliance with seven L.A. systems aims at Kaiser
By Melanie Evans | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
News of an unusual joint venture between Anthem Blue Cross and seven Los Angeles health systems signaled new competition for Kaiser Permanente, the integrated health system with one of California's largest insurers. It also underscores the eagerness across the industry to broker novel and riskier...
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