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UnitedHealth to expand exchange presence as profits dip
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest insurer, plans to expand its presence in the state and federal exchange marketplaces in 2015.
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Most laboratory errors happen outside the lab, ECRI report finds
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Laboratory errors don't necessarily originate in the lab itself, contrary to what many hospitals might think, according to a new ECRI Institute patient-safety report studying the impact of lab-testing errors in the clinical setting.
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U.S. judge overturns North Dakota's 6-week abortion ban
By Associated Press | April 17, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.
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FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure
By Associated Press | April 17, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating fibroids could inadvertently spread cancer from the uterus to other parts of the body.
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Nuance buys Accelarad, launches image HIE platform
By Joseph Conn | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nuance Communications, a Burlington, Mass., developer of speech recognition and natural-language-processing software, is acquiring Accelarad, a provider of cloud-based imaging exchange services.
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Healthbox lands $7 million for expansion
By John Pletz , Crain's Chicago Business | April 17, 2014
Healthbox, an accelerator focused on healthcare startups, raised $7 million to expand its operations as more money flows into the medical and insurance industries that are searching for ways to improve care and lower costs.
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Inpatient psych quality data added to Hospital Compare
By John N. Frank | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Data on four quality measures for inpatient psychiatric facilities will be available effective today at the CMS' consumer-facing website Hospital Compare.
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Cut prices for low-risk hospital outpatient surgeries: HHS report
By Joe Carlson | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare should pay hospitals less for low-risk outpatient surgeries, the program's fiscal watchdog suggests in a report published this morning.
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Misdiagnosis could affect 12M U.S. adults annually, study finds
By Sabriya Rice | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An estimated 1 in 20 U.S. adults could be misdiagnosed during outpatient visits, and about half of those errors could prove to be harmful for the patient, finds a new study in the journal BMJ.
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Reform Update: Uptick hinted in healthcare use, spending
By Melanie Evans | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Recent indicators provide increasing evidence that health spending may be accelerating, even before millions of Americans newly insured through the federal and state insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion start their healthcare shopping. Signs point to a rebound in healthcare use, which has...
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