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UPMC, Highmark battle goes back to a courtroom as the state steps in
By Lisa Schencker | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal judge denied insurer Highmark's request Tuesday to block a Wednesday state court hearing over its health plan for seniors, which state officials say violates a previous agreement between Highmark and healthcare giant UPMC.
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Expect more not-for-profit hospital mergers and acquisitions
By Beth Kutscher | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The surge in merger and acquisition activity among not-for-profit health systems has boosted credit ratings for the sector, according to a report from Standard & Poor's.
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Hospitals may struggle to execute CDC's stronger Ebola standards
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare experts are calling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tighter guidelines for treating Ebola patients welcome but also long overdue. And meeting the standards may pose financial challenges for many facilities.
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Reform Update: Medicaid programs crafting limits on Harvoni usage
By Virgil Dickson | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Which Medicaid beneficiaries will have access to Gilead Sciences' newest high-cost hepatitis C treatment, Harvoni, and when they'll get that access, now depends on prior-authorization criteria being hammered out by various state agencies. Most will likely limit Harvoni use to patients dealing with...
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Proposed interoperability overhaul finds boosters, doubters
By Joseph Conn | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare IT experts are split on the promise of a new recommendation that the industry go boldly where the rest of the world has already gone before by modeling its architecture for health information exchange on the structure of the Internet.
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Stricter CDC standards for Ebola care expected
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal health officials are expected to issue stricter standards soon for the use of personal protective equipment by healthcare workers who treat patients infected with Ebola.
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AbbVie and Shire end merger talks
Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business | October 20, 2014
North Chicago-based medical products maker AbbVie and Irish drugmaker Shire have agreed to terminate their proposed merger.
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Reform Update: At AAFP gathering, topics range from access to vasectomies
By Andis Robeznieks | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The lasting and fleeting impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are a focus of the American Academy Family Physicians' policy-setting meeting and educational assembly in Washington this week.
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Texas Health Resources CEO admits staff not fully trained before Ebola outbreak
By Adam Rubenfire | October 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan admitted Sunday that the system's Ebola training programs “had not been fully deployed before the virus struck.”
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HHS extends Stark, anti-kickback waiver for ACOs
By Lisa Schencker | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS will allow Medicare accountable care organizations to continue operating outside of federal kickback and physician self-referral laws for at least another year.
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