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SEIU reaches tentative pact with N.Y. not-for-profit hospitals
By Melanie Evans | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East union reached a tentative four-year contract with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York.
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ACGME to accredit osteopathic residencies
By Andis Robeznieks | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Osteopathic Association's House of Delegates voted to move ahead with the board's decision to use a single accreditation system for physician graduate medical education.
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Providers, insurers grapple with narrow-network backlash
By Paul Demko | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Narrow networks are a reality of the new health insurance landscape. Nearly half of all insurance plans sold on the public exchanges in 2014 were narrow network plans, defined as those with less than 70% of area hospitals included, according to an analysis by the research firm McKinsey & Company.
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Kindred ups Gentiva bid to $17.25 a share, countering mystery suitor
By Beth Kutscher | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Kindred Healthcare, determined to acquire Gentiva Health Services, has fired back against Gentiva's claim last week that it has a mystery white knight bidder in the wings. Kindred said Monday that it is prepared to counter the $17.25-per-share bid from the unnamed, third-party bidder to secure a...
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HHS reissues disputed 340B policy on orphan-drug discounts
By Jaimy Lee | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS issued an interpretive rule that requires drug companies to provide discounts on orphan drugs sold through a federal program just months after a judge struck down the government's previous version of the rule.
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Infirmary Health to pay $25 million to settle Stark case
By Joe Carlson | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
One of Alabama's largest health systems is paying $25 million to resolve a federal whistle-blower lawsuit that claimed its clinics routinely overpaid doctors to refer their radiology patients to hospitals, despite clear bans against paying for such referrals.
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Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million to settle suits over pelvic exam photos
By Associated Press | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A "rogue" gynecologist's secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said Monday.
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EHNAC launches ACO tech accreditation program
By Joseph Conn | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has begun beta testing a new accreditation program for the technological capabilities of accountable care organizations, the Farmington, Conn.-based not-for-profit standards development and accreditation body has announced.
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Osteopathic association votes for advanced billing estimates for patients
By Andis Robeznieks | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Osteopathic Association is advocating for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to give patients an advance estimate of what their total costs will be for scheduled procedures. The association also wants that estimate to include whether ancillary fees for laboratory, imaging and...
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Reform Update: Narrow insurance networks under ACA depressing physician pay
By Andis Robeznieks | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The physician pay landscape has flattened out, and healthcare reform may be a primary cause.
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