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Obama administration proposes new workarounds on contraceptive coverage
By Paul Demko | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration is proposing a workaround to provide contraceptive coverage to employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds. It was not immediately clear whether this latest compromise would finally defuse the controversy that has yielded dozens of lawsuits...
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Essentia pulls off rare double feat, improving ops and investments
By Bob Herman | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Essentia Health, a not-for-profit system based in Duluth, Minn., said its operations and financial investments in 2014 outperformed the system's 2013 performance—a feat replicated by few other health systems at the moment.
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MGMA names Jerard Jensen interim CEO
By Andis Robeznieks | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Jerard Jensen, a healthcare attorney in the Madison, Wis., office of Milwaukee-based Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, will take over as interim CEO of the Medical Group Management Association when the organization's current leader, Dr. Susan Turney, starts her new position as CEO of the newly formed...
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Skelton appointed CEO of Surescripts
By Bob Herman | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Surescripts, an electronic prescription and clinical technology network, has named Tom Skelton CEO. Skelton will start Aug. 25. He has several years of executive experience in the healthcare technology sector, most recently working with Foundation Radiology Group and Med3000.
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FDA OKs tech that turns smartphone into real-time electrocardiogram
By Computerworld | August 22, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration has granted AliveCor clearance to sell technology that enables an iPhone or Android smartphone to record atrial fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation may have no symptoms, but itis often associated with heart palpitations,...
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Takeover target Covidien still buying, picks up vascular-device maker
By Bob Herman | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Irish medical product supplier Covidien, which is being taken over by devicemaker Medtronic, has made an acquisition of its own. Covidien has bought Irvine, Calif.-based Reverse Medical Corp., a privately held company that makes endovascular devices.
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Vital Signs
Heartbleed poses big dangers for health IT systems
By Joseph Conn | August 22, 2014
The likelihood is high there are more healthcare organizations besides Community Health Systems that have been made vulnerable by Heartbleed and other undetected intrusions, security experts agree. Where did Heartbleed come from? And exactly how much damage is it causing to health IT systems?
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Badlani heading for informatics post at Intermountain
By Joseph Conn | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Sameer Badlani, chief medical informatics officer at University of Chicago Medicine, will be heading back West to serve as chief health information officer at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.
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U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park leaving his post
By John N. Frank | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Todd Park, well-known in healthcare IT circles as a founder of Athenahealth and Castlight Health, is leaving his post as White House chief technology officer by year-end, Fortune is reporting.
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Hydrocodone limits may affect long-term-care patients: critics
By Sabriya Rice | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Advocates of tighter painkiller control are praising the recent Drug Enforcement Administration decision to impose tighter restrictions on the prescription painkiller hydrocodone, but others say that as a result, it now may be more difficult for long-term-care patients to access pain treatment in a...
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