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Hydrocodone limits may affect long-term-care patients: critics
By Sabriya Rice | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Advocates of tighter painkiller control are praising the recent Drug Enforcement Administration decision to impose tighter restrictions on the prescription painkiller hydrocodone, but others say that as a result, it now may be more difficult for long-term-care patients to access pain treatment in a...
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Hospitals hope for relief from two-midnight purgatory
By Bob Herman | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The heavily criticized Medicare two-midnight rule involving short inpatient stays has technically been in effect for the past year. But providers, regulators and healthcare observers are not sure the rule will hold up in its current makeshift form.
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Two U.S. Ebola patients released from Atlanta hospital
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The first two U.S. patients infected with the Ebola virus were released this week from the Atlanta hospital where they have been receiving treatment for the past three weeks.
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Reform Update: People keeping noncompliant plans; rate impact varies by state
By Darius Tahir | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When the Obama administration in November 2013 decided to allow states to decide if individuals could keep noncompliant insurance plans, speculation began about what effect that decision would have on premiums and enrollment for plans that did comply with provisions of the reform law. As with so...
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Suspicion falls on Heartbleed in CHS hack
By Joseph Conn | August 21, 2014
It seems that healthcare information technology security specialists may have been right back in April when they warned that healthcare data systems were at risk from the then-newly discovered Heartbleed vulnerability.
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Banner Health sees rising expenses chip away at growing revenue
By Rachel Landen | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Lower volumes have put pressure on Banner Health's top line, but the Phoenix-based not-for-profit health system still managed to grow its revenue by nearly 4% during the first half of fiscal 2014.
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Senators call for FDA action on power morcellators as controversy continues
By Darius Tahir | August 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to end or restrict the use of laparoscopic morcellators, New York's two Democratic U.S. senators are calling on the agency to pull them from the market until regulators have further studied the technology's potential to spread cancer during...
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Reform Update: Hospitals see more paying patients, but there's a hitch
By Beth Kutscher | August 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurance expansion under healthcare reform is starting to yield patient volume for hospitals, but the costs of staffing up for more patients are eclipsing the additional revenue.
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You can show patients test results, but will they understand them?
By Rachel Landen | August 20, 2014
With the increasing adoption of electronic health records, more patients are able to view their lab results electronically outside of clinical consultations, but a study suggests that access doesn't mean patients understand what they're seeing.
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ECRI Institute founder Dr. Joel Nobel dies at 79
By Sabriya Rice | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Joel Nobel, who founded the not-for-profit ECRI Institute in 1968 to address safety, quality and costs issues in the field of healthcare, died last week at age 79, the organization said Tuesday.
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