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AHA lawsuit over 'two-midnight' rule called uphill battle
By Joe Carlson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
No matter how strong their legal arguments, hospitals will have a tough time convincing judges to overturn Medicare's controversial new rules on classifying inpatients, some legal experts say.
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Reform Update: Pharmacists call for delay on new Medicaid generic reimbursement rates
By Virgil Dickson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pharmacists and drug manufacturers are pushing the CMS for a one-year transition period before states attempt to implement a new formula mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will significantly trim Medicaid reimbursement rates for generic drugs.
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Health spending up after years of 'self-rationing,' report finds
By Andis Robeznieks | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Patients are returning to the healthcare system after “several years of self-rationing,” as reflected in a 3.2% increase in 2013 prescription-drug expenditures to $329.2 billion, according to a new report.
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Heartbleed bug exploited within hours in hacking challenge
By Joseph Conn | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Heartbleed virus has been causing concern in IT operations around the country, including among healthcare providers, and now a San Francisco company has found the danger from the flawed coding could be all too real.
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ACA cost estimate cut by $104B over next decade
By Paul Demko | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Obamacare is expected to cost $104 billion less than previously anticipated for the period 2015-24, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. That's in part because premiums on plans purchased through the state and federal exchanges are expected to be lower than prior...
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Reform Update: Obamacare will boost malpractice claims, RAND study says
By Paul Demko | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The healthcare reform law will reduce liability payouts by insurers for auto and workers' compensation claims by nearly $1.7 billion annually while increasing medical malpractice claims by $120 million a year, according to a new study released by the RAND Institute for Civil Justice.
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C-section 'epidemic' among hot issues at OB-GYN conference
By Sabriya Rice | April 14, 2014
The “cesarean epidemic” will be one of the featured issues at the 62nd annual American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists meeting in Chicago from April 26 to April 30. The conference will also include sessions on the “moral imperative of contraception use” and U.S.
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Novartis overtakes Pfizer as top drug company
By Michael Sandler | April 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A robust sales year for three of Novartis' medications allowed the firm to pass reeling Pfizer for the top spot on Modern Healthcare's annual list of largest publicly traded pharmaceutical companies.
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Heartbleed bug could affect healthcare sites
By Joseph Conn | April 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare sites could be facing major security issues and yet-to-be-determined fix-it costs because of the latest encryption bug, Heartbleed, health information technology experts agreed.
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HHS nominee Burwell faces formidable task in cementing ACA
By Paul Demko | April 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
On Thursday morning, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius used the platform of a budget hearing on Capitol Hill to announce that enrollment in Obamacare's exchanges topped 7.5 million. A day later, she stood beside the president as he announced her resignation and introduced her successor.
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