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UnitedHealth's earnings suggest tame medical spending
By Bob Herman | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group's profit per share in the third quarter exceeded Wall Street's estimates in large part because of lower-than-expected medical costs, giving hope for other health insurers that healthcare spending is still being held in check.
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CMS loan program offers rural providers entry to accountable care
By Melanie Evans | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration plans to offer upfront cash to help small and rural healthcare providers build the infrastructure they need to succeed in Medicare's program for accountable care organizations.
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Emory hospital to care for second Dallas health worker with Ebola
By Adam Rubenfire , Bob Herman and John N. Frank | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The second nurse infected with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas was transported Wednesday to the biocontainment unit at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital.
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Surge in Medicaid costs won't last, researchers say
By Virgil Dickson | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new UCLA study suggests that the Medicaid expansion under the healthcare reform law will not necessarily lead to a long-term increase in emergency room or hospital utilization.
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Despite challenges, panels see progress on healthcare interoperability
By Joseph Conn | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
There is interoperability in American healthcare, more than is generally thought, a federal health IT official and multiple advisers noted during a rare joint meeting Wednesday of the two main federally chartered health information technology advisory panels.
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CMS begins consumer outreach for open enrollment
By Virgil Dickson | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With roughly a month until open enrollment begins on HealthCare.gov and other insurance exchanges, the CMS has kicked off the outreach process to let people know about automatic re-enrollment for exchange plans. However, federal exchange officials say uncertainty remains about how some of the...
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Hospital prices rose 0.2% in September
By Melanie Evans | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Producer Price Index for acute-care hospitals increased 0.2% in September after remaining flat the prior month, new federal data show.
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Second Dallas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola
By John N. Frank | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A second Dallas healthcare worker has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced early Wednesday.
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Ebola puts spotlight on emergency-preparedness cuts
By Paul Demko | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The recent U.S. Ebola cases could heighten pressure to bolster funding for emergency preparedness programs, which have seen their funding diminished.
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Diagnostic software could help pinpoint Ebola patients, advocates argue
By Joseph Conn | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Diagnostic support software is getting a second look as a possible weapon against Ebola in the wake of the initial misdiagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian Ebola patient who subsequently died at a Texas hospital. Such software can be effective in promptly diagnosing patients infected with...
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