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Gentiva rejects Kindred's final offer as new suitor joins mix
By Bob Herman | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Gentiva Health Services shot down Kindred Healthcare's $16-per-share offer as a new, undisclosed buyer entered the fray.
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Reform Update: Insurers, providers may need to work harder to educate ACA's newly covered
By Rachel Landen | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Millions of Americans gained health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this year, but the influx apparently has not yet translated into patients packing doctors' offices. That may reflect a lack of understanding about how and where to seek care—and a lack...
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Hospital patients no safer today than 15 years ago, Senate panel hears
By Sabriya Rice | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The problem of patients dying or being harmed because of preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals remains one of grave consequence that is not getting enough attention, according to the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, which met Thursday with a panel of patient...
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HealthCare.gov IT contract: Any takers?
By Virgil Dickson | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is officially kicking off its search to determine which company will serve as the technology vendor for HealthCare.gov, while saying the search does not indicate dissatisfaction with Accenture, which currently holds the contract.
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Baxter's revenue boosted by Gambro deal as earnings fall
By Bob Herman | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Drug and medical-device maker Baxter International reported lower profit in its second quarter, but its 2013 acquisition of Gambro helped raise worldwide sales.
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Reform Update: CHI moves full-bore into insurance market
By Melanie Evans | July 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With healthcare reform radically reshaping the economics of U.S. healthcare delivery, providers large and small have to decide how they will survive, and hopefully prosper, in a new business climate. One major system, Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colo., is going beyond talking...
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HCA earnings get bigger boost than expected from healthcare reform
By Beth Kutscher | July 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HCA, the country's largest for-profit hospital chain by revenue, Wednesday previewed strong second-quarter results, highlighting a 12.2% increase in income before taxes. It also raised its financial guidance for the year.
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CDC faces torrent of criticism over anthrax, other mishaps
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Wednesday called incidents involving the mishandling of dangerous biological materials at federal research laboratories a “pattern of safety issues” that was missed and vowed to correct the...
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A dubious healthcare app raises FDA regulatory questions
By Darius Tahir | July 16, 2014
Industry website iMedicalApps has uncovered a medical app with a tenuous relationship to accuracy: One that purports to use the iPhone's camera lens to reveal a patient's blood pressure. Big deal, you might say—the App Store is full of dubious treatments in app form.
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Reform Update: CMS creates fund to seed state-based Medicaid innovation
By Virgil Dickson | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is setting aside more than $100 million over the next five years to help states develop and test new Medicaid payment and delivery models.
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