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Compounding pharmacies band together to fight coverage limits
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A group of compounding pharmacies has joined a provider network launched this month, aiming to serve as an intermediary to negotiate with payers. The move comes in response to the recent decision by a number of pharmacy benefits managers to limit coverage of some custom medications.
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J&J withdraws fibroid treatment device from market
By Associated Press | July 30, 2014
Johnson & Johnson is asking surgeons not to use a line of devices for removing growths from the uterus amid regulators' growing concern that the electronic surgical tools raise the risk of spreading cancer to other parts of the body.
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After hours, weekends the worst times to have a heart attack
By CBS News | July 30, 2014
The time at which heart attack patients arrive at the hospital may affect their chances for survival, new research suggests. Showing up at the emergency room at night, on weekends or during holidays is associated with a 13% higher risk for death than arriving during regular business hours,...
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Ascension forms senior-care unit to integrate post-acute-care services
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
To strengthen its footprint in the post-acute-care sector, Ascension Health has formed a senior-care division to integrate its extensive post-acute-care services and establish more uniform care standards.
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IOM report on medical education questions doc-shortage fears
By Andis Robeznieks | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Physician organizations are not happy that an Institute of Medicine panel's vision for overhauling Medicare-funded medical training questions two beliefs that are widely held in healthcare: that a severe physician shortage is imminent and the only way to avoid it is an infusion of federal money for...
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New England Quality Care Alliance pilots consumer data use for care management
By Darius Tahir | July 29, 2014
Michael Cantor, chief medical officer for the New England Quality Care Alliance, has a dilemma. Resources are scarce for care management of patients who the alliance would like to help with their weight, diabetes, or other complex or chronic conditions; and yet it's difficult to predict which...
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Technology replacing transcriptionists in Western Pa.; fears about quality persist
By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | July 29, 2014
As they embrace electronic health records, hospitals in Western Pennsylvania are turning to outside companies to replace transcriptionists, the workers who convert dictation into written reports. Even though outsourcing results in faster turnaround time for the legal reports, some industry experts...
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NQF clarifies info on trial on socio-economic factors
By Sabriya Rice | July 28, 2014
The National Quality Forum says its upcoming trial examining the effects of socio-economic factors may potentially include 30-day readmission measures, but that is not the sole focus. The quality improvement organization offered clarity Monday, amid confusion the trial would look exclusively at...
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Bill would give VA $17 billion infusion
By Virgil Dickson | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The leaders of the conference committee established to merge House and Senate bills to reform the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department have agreed to give $17 billion to the beleaguered federal agency to turn things around.
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Osteopathic group leader calls for more research, IT innovation
By Andis Robeznieks | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Robert Juhasz recently began his term as the 118th president of the American Osteopathic Association by issuing a challenge to the AOA House of Delegates to dramatically improve and increase their output of osteopathic research.
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