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Stolen laptop may have contained health data of 700 Pa. hospital patients
By Pocono Record (Stroudsburg, Pa.) | April 24, 2014
A laptop computer that may have contained the files of more than 700 patients was stolen from an employee's car on Feb. 21 and has not been recovered, according to a news release issued by eastern Pennsylvania-based Coordinated Health.
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Accretive Health CEO to step down
By Melanie Evans | April 24, 2014
Accretive Health, recently delisted by the NYSE and bruised by legal troubles, announced a search to replace President and CEO Steve Schuckenbrock, who is retiring after one year on the job.
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Devicemaker Zimmer to acquire Biomet for $13.35B
By John N. Frank | April 24, 2014
Zimmer Holdings plans to spend $13.35 billion in cash and stock to acquire Biomet, a musculoskeletal and biotechnology products maker, Zimmer announced Thursday morning.
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FDA commissioner defends fast-track approval programs
By Virgil Dickson | April 24, 2014
A day after the Food and Drug Administration proposed a new accelerated approval pathway for some medical devices, Commissioner Margaret Hamburg rejected suggestions that the agency's efforts to get products to market faster put consumers in danger.
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CBO cuts Medicaid cost estimates; GOP governors unlikely to care
By Virgil Dickson | April 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States will spend $46 billion between 2015 and 2024 on Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office now estimates. The new figure is approximately one-third less than its $70 billion February estimate.
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Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list
By CNN | April 24, 2014
At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list designed by VA managers trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to several high-level...
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Southerners disike Obamacare but they don’t want it repealed
By New York Times | April 24, 2014
Despite strong dislike of President Barack Obama’s handling of healthcare, a majority of people in three Southern states–Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina–would rather that Congress improve his signature healthcare law than repeal and replace it, according to a poll.
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Doctor is sentenced in sprawling Orthofix fraud case
By Joe Carlson | April 24, 2014
A podiatrist who lied to a grand jury about altering patient records to inflate Medicare bills is the eighth person sentenced in the fraud investigation of devicemaker Orthofix International N.V.
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Misdiagnosis a worldwide problem
April 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Misdiagnosis could affect 12M U.S. adults annually, study finds”: This is an issue that haunts medical care all over the world.
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Medicare data cast spotlight on most prolific spinal surgeons
By Joe Carlson | April 24, 2014
Experts have long been alarmed by the growth rate of spinal-fusion surgeries. Now, an analysis of new Medicare data by CBS News shows that a disproportionate number of the most risky and highest-paying procedures are being performed by a small group of high-volume spinal surgeons.
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