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Reform Update: Doctors order unnecessary tests without even realizing it
By Sabriya Rice | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Physicians order unnecessary tests and procedures to inoculate themselves from legal liability more than they realize, according to a new survey of physicians at several hospitals in one Massachusetts health system.
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Rural health clinics could be getting overpaid, report cautions
By Virgil Dickson | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hundreds of rural health clinics may have been overpaid millions of dollars, according to a recently released report from HHS' Office of Inspector General. Of the 3,521 RHCs OIG examined in its report, 434, or 12%, no longer meet one or both of the qualifications to maintain the designation.
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AIG snags Kaiser CIO Phillip Fasano
By Joseph Conn | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurance giant American International Group has named Kaiser Permanente health information technology executive Phillip Fasano to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief information officer, the New York City-based insurer has announced.
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Dr. Gail Anderson, 'father of emergency medicine,' dies
By Rachel Landen | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Gail Anderson, a surgeon known as the “father of emergency medicine,” died earlier this month of complications from pneumonia in Pasadena, Calif. Anderson was 88, according to the University of Southern California, where he was a founding faculty member of its emergency medicine...
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Obama expected to detail increased U.S. Ebola efforts Tuesday
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
President Barack Obama on Tuesday plans to outline a heightened U.S. effort to fight the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. He will unveil his plans, which are likely to include involving the U.S. military in the fight, during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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Washington State University regents approve plan for new medical school
By Associated Press | September 15, 2014
Washington State University's board of regents on Friday unanimously approved the administration's controversial effort to start a new medical school in Spokane, citing the "dire need" for more doctors in the state.
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Cognizant inks $2.7 billion deal to buy health IT firm TriZetto
By Joseph Conn | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Cognizant, a global, publicly traded technology consulting and business process outsourcing firm, plans to acquire TriZetto Corp., a privately held health information technology company that serves the health insurance industry and healthcare providers, for $2.7 billion, the companies announced...
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Ohio reaches key goal in long-term-care spending
By Associated Press | September 14, 2014
State officials say Ohio has met a key benchmark in providing long-term-care services for older and disabled residents.
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Effort to overhaul liver allocations sparks backlash
By Paul Demko | September 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A fight over liver allocations is looming. In June, the United Network for Organ Sharing put forth a preliminary plan to overhaul the current system for determining which patients receive donated organs. A request for feedback drew nearly 700 comments.
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Ebola response will be subject of Senate hearing Tuesday
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The international challenges presented by the African Ebola epidemic will be the subject of a Senate hearing Tuesday examining what role the U.S. should play.
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