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DaVita whistle-blower settlement marks growing focus on kickbacks
By Lisa Schencker | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A nearly $400 million settlement between DaVita HealthCare Partners and the government reflects what experts see as a growing eagerness among federal fraud enforcers to go after healthcare business relationships that allegedly amount to kickbacks.
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Bristol-Myers Squibb sees Q3 sales fall while profits rise
By Jaimy Lee | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Bristol-Myers Squibb, the New York-based drugmaker, said sales fell 4% to $3.9 billion in the third quarter of 2014 as three of its top-selling drugs reported double-digit declines in revenue.
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Texas nurse Nina Pham free of Ebola
By Virgil Dickson and John N. Frank | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola virus while treating Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, was discharged from care, National Institutes of Health officials announced Friday morning.
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IMS sees operating income decline in third quarter
By Melanie Evans | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
IMS Health, a consulting and analytics company, ended the third quarter with a decline in operating income compared with the same three months a year ago as revenue from its information services stagnated.
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N.Y. physician now fourth Ebola case diagnosed in U.S., preliminary test shows
By Adam Rubenfire and John N. Frank | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A doctor in New York is now the first Ebola case in the country's largest city, according to results of a preliminary test done Thursday. He is the fourth confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. and the first outside Texas where patient one, Thomas Eric Duncan, died from the disease earlier...
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DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team
By Joseph Conn and Darius Tahir | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, sources tell Modern Healthcare.
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Miami PA gets 15 years in Medicare fraud case
By Lisa Schencker | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A Miami physician assistant was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison for his role in a $200 million Medicare fraud case, even though his attorney argued he was not a central figure in the scheme.
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Reform Update: Hospitals attack insurance 'skinny plans' as too thin
By Bob Herman | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some employers are building health insurance policies that are technically compliant with the healthcare reform law, yet don't include coverage of inpatient hospital services. Backers of such plans contend that some coverage is better than none, especially for workers in business sectors that...
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Texas Health reports Ebola-related patient decline, lower Q3 revenue
By Beth Kutscher | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas Health Resources, which has seen its reputation injured for failing to recognize the country's first Ebola patient and prevent the disease's spread to two of its healthcare workers, took a financial hit from the incident as patients shied away from its Dallas hospital in October, its latest...
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USC to invest in surgery centers with for-profit partner
By Bob Herman | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California, an academic medical center based in Los Angeles, has agreed to develop a network of ambulatory surgery centers throughout the area with Surgical Care Affiliates, a publicly traded operator of surgical centers.
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