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Texas establishes Ebola treatment facility
By Adam Rubenfire | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Three major healthcare providers in North Texas will contribute to a designated facility for Ebola and infectious disease patients in the region, Gov. Rick Perry's office said Tuesday.
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Ebola crisis draws experimental drugs, along with ethical concerns
By Jaimy Lee | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A handful of pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers are evaluating the best ways to get their experimental Ebola drugs in the hands of doctors even as experts raise questions about the ethics and science behind using drugs that haven't gone through a randomized clinical trial.
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Ky. cardiologists settle false claims allegations
By Lisa Schencker | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Two Kentucky cardiologists have agreed to pay $380,000 to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by entering into bogus management agreements with an area hospital in exchange for referring their patients to that hospital, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
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Intuitive sees earnings fall even as da Vinci sales rise
By Adam Rubenfire | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Intuitive Surgical, a surgical robotics company, reported a 21% decrease in earnings in the third quarter, despite broader adoption of its flagship da Vinci system worldwide.
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Texas hospital executives convicted in Medicare fraud case
By Lisa Schencker | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal jury in Texas convicted the former head of Houston's Riverside General Hospital, along with several others Monday, of attempting to defraud Medicare of $158 million for mental health services that were medically unnecessary or never actually provided.
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Feds outline plan to pay states for Basic Health Program in 2016
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government will continue to fund an optional health insurance program for the working poor in 2016 with the methodology it used for 2015, according to a proposed notice from the CMS.
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Hospitals switching to for-profit see no drop in quality
By Sabriya Rice | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Switching to for-profit status generally boosts hospitals financial health and has no effect—good or bad—on the quality of care they deliver, according to a new analysis of what happened in the years after more than 200 conversions.
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Nurses, others sue over Daughters of Charity pension plan issues
By Beth Kutscher | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nurses and other employees at Daughters of Charity Health System filed a class-action suit Tuesday, arguing that their employer underfunded its pension plan and a sale would further jeopardize their retirement benefits.
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Hospitals prepare to execute CDC's new Ebola standards
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare experts are calling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tighter guidelines for treating Ebola patients welcome but also long overdue. And meeting the standards may pose financial challenges for many facilities.
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Reform Update: Medicaid programs crafting limits on Harvoni usage
By Virgil Dickson | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Which Medicaid beneficiaries will have access to Gilead Sciences' newest high-cost hepatitis C treatment, Harvoni, and when they'll get that access, now depends on prior-authorization criteria being hammered out by various state agencies. Most will likely limit Harvoni use to patients dealing with...
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