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Epic retains lobbyist to improve image on Capitol Hill
By Darius Tahir | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Electronic health-record giant Epic Systems Corp. has hired a lobbying firm for the first time to counter a perception on Capitol Hill that its EHR systems aren't interoperable with other vendors' technology.
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CMS delays dialysis center five-star rating system
By Sabriya Rice | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government will wait until January to roll out its five-star rating system meant to help consumers compare quality at dialysis centers and is reevaluating the timeline for extending it to hospitals and home care providers.
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Apple rolls out the health-enabled Apple Watch
By Darius Tahir | September 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a much-hyped event Tuesday, Apple rolled out its new smartwatch that's able to collect health data and share it with providers through the tech giant's HealthKit app, which has drawn interest from major healthcare players such as Mayo Clinic and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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Hospitals seeing significant declines in pediatric hospital infections
By Sabriya Rice | September 09, 2014
Infants and babies are significantly less likely to acquire infections in the hospital than they were just a few years ago, yielding significant savings in healthcare spending, according to a study.
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Reform Update: Using expansion dollars for health plans may be costly, GAO says
By Virgil Dickson | September 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Allowing states to use federal Medicaid expansion dollars to buy low-income adults private health plans on the federal insurance exchange may cost the federal government significantly more than if those states simply expanded their traditional Medicaid programs, the Government Accountability Office...
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FTC reverses course on Phoebe Putney, seeks sale of Palmyra
By Bob Herman | September 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Federal Trade Commission has withdrawn its agreement resolving a high-profile antitrust dispute with Phoebe Putney Health System. The commission will instead pursue its earlier ambition to unwind a hospital deal that it argued all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court created an illegal monopoly in...
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McAuliffe takes narrower Medicaid path in Virginia after expansion blocked
By Virgil Dickson | September 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor, has given up on his attempt to expand Medicaid on his own without the support of the GOP-led General Assembly. Instead, he is introducing program improvements for those currently enrolled through an executive order and a series of emergency...
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Rare respiratory illness leads to spike in pediatric hospitalizations
By Sabriya Rice | September 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal health officials are asking physicians to watch for clusters of a rare and severe respiratory illness that is landing children in the hospital and hitting children with asthma particularly hard. The enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, has led to increases in pediatric ER visits, hospitalizations...
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Reform Update: Increase in Medicaid reimbursement could disappear Dec. 31
By Andis Robeznieks | September 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's provision to temporarily increase Medicaid reimbursement for primary-care services to match Medicare rates has led to a big increase in Ohio physicians accepting new Medicaid patients. But that increase may go away when the ACA primary-care parity...
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Nearly 1 in 8 Americans have had medical records exposed in breaches
By Joseph Conn | September 08, 2014
The number of healthcare data breaches has risen significantly in recently weeks. A review of recent updates to the “wall of shame” breach notification list kept by the Office for Civil Rights at HHS reveals that this year, 95 breaches have compromised the healthcare records of nearly...
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