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New Medicare ACO rules near release

By Melanie Evans  |  May 29, 2015

The CMS is expected to issue final regulations soon that could significantly affect whether hospitals and doctors remain willing to participate in Medicare's accountable care program.

NextCare acquires three Ariz. urgent-care centers

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 29, 2015

NextCare Holdings, a Mesa, Ariz.-based urgent-care and occupational medical services provider, has acquired three new facilities in Arizona, allowing it to provide care to more than 90% of the state's population.

Healthcare computer experts tackle EHR shortcomings

By Joseph Conn  |  May 29, 2015

A prominent association of healthcare computer experts has a new set of recommendations to address challenges clinicians face as they're expected to do more with electronic health-record systems.

Feds allege pain clinics operated as 'pill mills'

By Associated Press  |  May 29, 2015

A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted 16 people associated with pain management clinics in Maryland Washington, alleging the facilities operated as “pill mills,” prescribing and dispensing oxycodone for people without a medical need.

Teva will pay $1.2 billion in FTC pay-for-delay settlement

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 28, 2015

Drugmaker Teva Pharmaceuticals will pay $1.2 billion to purchasers to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that a company it acquired stalled generic versions of its popular sleep-disorder drug Provigil from entering the market.

'Show me the money' is not the right way to tackle preventive care

By Andis Robeznieks  |  May 28, 2015

A new report calls for increasing the evidence base for what works in preventive health and incentivizing prevention and public-health measures. One expert says the call for financial analysis of these efforts should end “foolish economic arguments” about the costs of living longer.

Susannah Fox named first woman CTO at HHS

By Joseph Conn  |  May 28, 2015

The longtime Pew Research Center expert on the impact of health information technology and social media on patient engagement and consumers will take over as HHS's top technology adviser.

Rhode Island reports spike in STD infections

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 28, 2015

Rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Rhode Island, a trend the state's department of health attributes to better STD testing, as well as higher rates of high-risk sexual behavior.

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