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...

DaVita Kidney Care to pay $389 million to settle whistle-blower case

By Gregg Blesch  |  October 23, 2014

DaVita Kidney Care will pay $389 million to resolve a whistle-blower's allegations that the company induced physicians to steer patients to its dialysis centers with opportunities to profit by buying and selling stakes in clinics.

CDC to monitor travelers from Ebola-affected countries

By Steven Ross Johnson and Adam Rubenfire  |  October 22, 2014

Individuals traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be actively monitored for Ebola symptoms for 21 days after they enter the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

Medical device hack-attack issues resurface

By Joseph Conn  |  October 22, 2014

Three medical-device makers have been identified by unnamed sources as having their products under review by an arm of the Homeland Security Department for possible cybersecurity vulnerabilities, according to a published report. But for the feds, providers and the devicemakers, the issue of...