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Texas Health Resources CEO admits staff not fully trained before Ebola outbreak
By Adam Rubenfire | October 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan admitted Sunday that the system's Ebola training programs “had not been fully deployed before the virus struck.”
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HHS extends Stark, anti-kickback waiver for ACOs
By Lisa Schencker | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS will allow Medicare accountable care organizations to continue operating outside of federal kickback and physician self-referral laws for at least another year.
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Reform Update: McConnell's claims on Kentucky exchange, Obamacare baffle experts
By Darius Tahir | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made a habit of saying during his hotly contested race for re-election that repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would not necessarily mean shutting down the state's popular insurance exchange that was established under the law.
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Obama names Ebola 'czar'
By Adam Rubenfire , John N. Frank and Virgil Dickson | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Ron Klain, a lawyer who served as a senior White House aide to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to both then-Vice President Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden, has been named Obama's point man on the Ebola crisis, the White House announced Friday.
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Financial fallout hits Texas Health Resources
By Rachel Landen | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas Health Resources, which saw the first U.S. Ebola patient die this month at one of its hospitals, is starting to see financial repercussions from that event and the subsequent attention it's brought the system.
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Reform Update: More providers, insurers showing appetite for narrow networks
By Bob Herman | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new health plan collaboration in Wisconsin between a hospital system and an insurer is the latest sign that providers and insurers are betting on narrow networks even as controversy continues over whether these plans offer adequate provider access for consumers.
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Military EHR bid deadline extended for $11B contract
Joseph Conn | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Electronic health-record systems developers and information technology systems integrators not already in the hunt for what could be an $11 billion contract have only a week to put their bids together. At stake is a 10-year contract to provide a replacement EHR for the Defense Department's Military...
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Texas hospital official apologizes for misdiagnosing Ebola case
By Virgil Dickson | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An official from the hospital system that owns Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has apologized for initially misdiagnosing the symptoms of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. patient to die from Ebola. At least two of the hospital’s workers who cared for him have also contracted the...
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EHR interoperability solution offered by key IT panels
By Joseph Conn | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between providers and other data users, as well as in how it is accessed by patients.
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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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