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Even after recall, MitraClips are in popular demand

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 15, 2016

Months after a series of malfunctions led to the national recall of a heart valve device, providers are looking to expand its use by pushing the CMS to finalize a proposed increase in payment for the device.

Florida Blues collected $471 million profit on ACA plans in 2015

By Bob Herman  |  June 15, 2016

The Affordable Care Act's exchanges have not been a bust for every health insurer. Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliate made a profit of almost a half-billion dollars on the ACA's new individual plans last year.

Mental health bill advances to House floor

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 15, 2016

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), passed 53-0 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The bill was first introduced by Murphy a year after the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings that killed 26, including 20 children.

Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says

By Associated Press  |  June 15, 2016

Accidental overdoses aren't the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers—the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.

Lawmakers, experts outline steps to battle drug-resistant superbugs

By Shannon Muchmore  |  June 14, 2016

Congress can fight antibiotic resistance by funding programs to curb unnecessary prescriptions, speeding up the drug development process and improving testing to determine whether a patient has a virus or a bacterial infection, federal health experts said Tuesday.

Doctors: Orlando shooting victims arrived by 'truckloads'

By Associated Press  |  June 14, 2016

The first victim of the nightclub shooting arrived shortly after 2 a.m. and was relatively stable, giving doctors working the overnight shift hope that any others would arrive in a similar condition. Then five more came, in much worse shape, and then more, and more still.

Aarti Shah is new CIO of Eli Lilly

By Joseph Conn  |  June 14, 2016

Veteran statistician Aarti Shah has been named senior VP and CIO at Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. In her new role, effective July 1, Shah will lead more than 1,300 employees and contractors throughout the world.

Big data offers way around merger mania

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 14, 2016

Mega-mergers by commercial insurers are prompting mergers by hospitals and creating an arms race that is not improving the cost of care for consumers.The real secret weapon is big data, which is still years away from being properly harnessed and shared among providers so they can manage the health...

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