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Ebola patient was initially released, Texas hospital admits
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospital officials at the Dallas facility currently treating the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. said Wednesday that the patient was initially released from the emergency department without being identified as a possible carrier for the virus.
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“Defeating Superbugs: Hospitals on the Front Lines” will be addressed at Oct. 7 webinar
By Modern Healthcare | October 01, 2014
President Barack Obama ordered his Cabinet to draw up a plan by next February to fight antibiotic-resistant microbes. Why wait? Find out what you can do now to defeat superbugs. Tune in to our Oct. 7 editorial webinar to get practical strategies from leading hospitals that are on the frontlines of...
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FDA cites Hospira for drug manufacturing violations
By Bob Herman | October 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Drugmaker Hospira said Wednesday that it received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration regarding poor manufacturing quality at one of its facilities in Australia.
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Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.
By Associated Press | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden announced in a press conference late Tuesday that the first U.S. case of Ebola has been found in Texas, with tests positive on specimens from a patient now being cared for in a Dallas hospital.
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Genentech's distribution change for cancer drugs upsets hospitals
By Bob Herman | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Drugmaker Genentech is changing the way it ships three high-profile cancer drugs to hospitals, which are concerned that the new process will grossly inflate their already high costs and potentially affect patient care. Genentech contends the change is designed to ensure patient safety and access to...
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Open Payments website launches
By Jaimy Lee | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government Tuesday launched a highly anticipated website detailing payments made by medical device and drug companies to physicians and teaching hospitals.
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Incentive-based contracts thriving in commercial insurance market
By Melanie Evans | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health plans that cover two-thirds of commercially insured Americans used incentives this year to motivate hospitals and doctors to improve quality and manage costs, according to a new survey. Those contracts were responsible for 40% of insurers' medical spending.
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Reform Update: Doc groups concerned over looming Medicare penalties tied to quality reporting
By Andis Robeznieks | September 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare will begin docking physicians' pay next year if they decline to report on quality measures under the voluntary Physician Quality Reporting System launched in 2007. Providers, however, remain confused and frustrated by its framework.
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VA settles complaints by 3 Phoenix whistle-blowers
By Associated Press | September 29, 2014
The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has reached financial settlements with three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistle-blower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.
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Inova launches red-bag waste reduction initiative
By Maureen McKinney | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Pizza boxes, flowers, wadded-up paper, latex-glove boxes—those were just some of the items regularly tossed into the red bags reserved for regulated medical waste at Inova Health System, headquartered in Falls Church, Va.
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