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India's Sun Pharma to buy Ranbaxy in $4 billion deal
By Associated Press | April 07, 2014
India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is buying troubled generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $4 billion deal, the companies said Monday.
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CMS creating new data-collection program for hospice quality reporting
By Virgil Dickson | April 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is establishing a new electronic record system for quality reporting by hospices, according to a Federal Register notice.
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Exec pay soars at N.Y. area hospitals
By Barbara Benson, Crain's New York Business | April 06, 2014
Are two New Jersey boys worth $32 million? Ronald del Mauro, the former president and chief executive of Barnabas Health, pulled in almost $22 million in 2012, the year after he retired from New Jersey's largest health system. Joseph Trunfio, president and chief executive at Atlantic Health, made...
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Denying access to big cancer centers may undermine narrow networks
By Sabriya Rice | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Patient access to some of the nation's best-known cancer-care centers could become a flashpoint in the simmering controversy surrounding the narrow networks being constructed by some insurers and healthcare providers.
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Don't expand Medicare bidding program, CMS told
By Virgil Dickson | April 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Devicemakers and lawmakers are asking the CMS to not move forward with plans to expand Medicare's competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, an initiative that both the government and advocates say can reduce costs by billions without cutting access to equipment for beneficiaries.
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FDA calls for classifying health IT products by patient-safety risk level
By Jaimy Lee | April 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Food and Drug Administration proposed regulating health information technologies based on their potential risks to patient safety, rather than by the technology platform they utilize.
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UCLA hospitals serve antibiotic-free meat in fight against superbugs
By Los Angeles Times | April 03, 2014
Visitors and patients at UCLA hospitals probably won’t notice what’s gone missing from the chili, hamburgers and chicken dishes they order for lunch. But by putting antibiotic-free ground beef, ground beef patties and chicken breasts on the menus at the university’s Ronald Reagan...
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Vital Signs
Mammography benefits overstated, new study finds
By Sabriya Rice | April 02, 2014
The harms associated with mammography—such as false positives and overtreatment—outweigh the modest benefits for certain patients, concludes a new analysis from the Journal of the American Medical Association. After analyzing more than 50 years of data, the authors recommended an...
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Medicare patients frequently get double chest scans, critic charges
By Joe Carlson | April 01, 2014
Anyone searching for ways to quantify waste in the medical system might want to look up the latest stats on double CT scans in hospitals.
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Reform Update: Community health centers brace for influx of newly insured
By Andis Robeznieks | March 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The nation's 9,000 community health center locations, serving some 22 million patients, are bracing for an influx of patients in the 26 states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
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