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CDC confirms Ebola case at Texas hospital
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The first Ebola infection diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a patient getting treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
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Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.
By Associated Press | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden announced in a press conference late Tuesday that the first U.S. case of Ebola has been found in Texas, with tests positive on specimens from a patient now being cared for in a Dallas hospital.
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Open Payments website reveals $3.5 billion paid to docs, hospitals
By Jaimy Lee | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
More than half a million U.S. physicians and 1,360 U.S. hospitals have financial relationships with medical device and drug companies, according to data released Tuesday under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.
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Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare subsidies
By Paul Demko | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a legal setback for the Obama administration, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that people in states that rely on the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for Obamacare premium subsidies to help them pay for coverage.
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Systems serving low-income patients struggle under readmissions penalties
By Sabriya Rice | September 30, 2014
Hospitals with limited resources continue to struggle as they try to implement programs that drive down readmission rates, and federal penalties could potentially make matters worse, write the authors of a report published in the Joint Commission's Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
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Genentech's distribution change for cancer drugs upsets hospitals
By Bob Herman | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Drugmaker Genentech is changing the way it ships three high-profile cancer drugs to hospitals, which are concerned that the new process will grossly inflate their already high costs and potentially affect patient care. Genentech contends the change is designed to ensure patient safety and access to...
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UnitedHealth's Optum to buy MedSynergies
By Bob Herman | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Optum, a consulting and analytics division of the country's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, has agreed to acquire physician practice consulting firm MedSynergies.
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Open Payments website launches
By Jaimy Lee | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government Tuesday launched a highly anticipated website detailing payments made by medical device and drug companies to physicians and teaching hospitals.
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Mentally ill shouldn't be treated in ERs: civil rights panel
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 30, 2014
Hospital emergency departments need to do more to identify and transfer mentally ill patients to appropriate facilities for care, a new government report says, but it falls short of recommending how healthcare providers can address a continuing shortage of available inpatient beds in mental health...
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Calls for repealing Obamacare will fade after this election cycle, pundits predict
By Paul Demko | September 30, 2014
This is the last election cycle in which Republicans will try to reap political advantage by promising to repeal Obamacare, agreed Dr. Avik Roy, a conservative healthcare policy expert, and Chris Jennings, who played a key role on healthcare issues in two Democratic administrations. The pair spoke...
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