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HCA has solid Q3, downplays benefits from ACA

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 28, 2014

HCA, the country's largest hospital chain by revenue, reported a 41.9% increase in net income in the third quarter on higher revenue, prompting it to raise earnings projections for the full year.

CDC introduces new Ebola risk and response levels for travelers

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 27, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday issued new guidance for travelers returning to the U.S. from West Africa amid criticism over the measures some states have taken in implementing mandatory quarantines of returning healthcare workers.

Gottlieb to leave Partners HealthCare in 2015

By John N. Frank  |  October 25, 2014

Dr. Gary Gottlieb, CEO of Partners HealthCare, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts, will be leaving that position next year to join not-for-profit medical services provider Partners in Health as its new CEO, Partners HealthCare confirmed Saturday.

Latest motion filed in four-year Georgia hospital divestiture battle

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 24, 2014

Phoebe Putney Health System filed a motion this week seeking to halt the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to force it to give up one of its hospitals until after the state of Georgia makes a decision about whether certain state laws might prevent such a move.

Ebola aid workers given mandatory quarantine in New York, New Jersey

By Harris Meyer and Adam Rubenfire  |  October 24, 2014

The governors of New York and New Jersey on Friday afternoon ordered mandatory quarantine of up to 21 days for health workers and anyone else arriving in the U.S. after direct contact with Ebola patients in the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

DeSalvo, other departures signal brain drain at ONC

By Joseph Conn  |  October 24, 2014

The appointment Thursday of Dr. Karen DeSalvo as acting assistant secretary of health leaves the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, already hit hard by key staff departures, further depleted.

Texas nurse Nina Pham free of Ebola

By Virgil Dickson and John N. Frank  |  October 24, 2014

Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola virus while treating Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, was discharged from care, National Institutes of Health officials announced Friday morning.

Reform Update: Partisan standoff looms over crucial risk-corridor payments

By Paul Demko  |  October 24, 2014

A big fight could be brewing over Obamacare's risk-corridor program. Insurers are relying on the program to protect them from major losses if their exchange customers end up being sicker and more costly than anticipated. But Republicans—most notably Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a likely 2016...

DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team

By Joseph Conn and Darius Tahir  |  October 23, 2014

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, sources tell Modern Healthcare.

N.Y. physician now fourth Ebola case diagnosed in U.S., preliminary test shows

By Adam Rubenfire and John N. Frank  |  October 23, 2014

A doctor in New York is now the first Ebola case in the country's largest city, according to results of a preliminary test done Thursday. He is the fourth confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. and the first outside Texas where patient one, Thomas Eric Duncan, died from the disease earlier...

Reform Update: Hospitals attack insurance 'skinny plans' as too thin

By Bob Herman  |  October 23, 2014

Some employers are building health insurance policies that are technically compliant with the healthcare reform law, yet don't include coverage of inpatient hospital services. Backers of such plans contend that some coverage is better than none, especially for workers in business sectors that...

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