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Cedars-Sinai reports 'superbug' infections

By Associated Press  |  March 05, 2015

A second Los Angeles hospital is reporting that patients have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" linked to a type of widely used medical scope.

Utah House panel votes down governor's Medicaid plan

By Associated Press  |  March 05, 2015

Lawmakers in Utah's House of Representatives rejected Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid plan on Wednesday night and instead pushed forward their own alternative proposal to help some of the state's poor get health insurance.

Key justices hard to read in King v. Burwell arguments

Key justices hard to read in King v. Burwell arguments

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 04, 2015

Justice Anthony Kennedy raised the hopes of the Affordable Care Act's supporters Wednesday by expressing doubts about the premise of the latest legal broadside against the law to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. But plenty of other signals suggested the court could rule either way.

Healthcare law's defenders and foes rally before high-stakes arguments

Healthcare law's defenders and foes rally before high-stakes arguments

By Paul Demko and Virgil Dickson  |  March 04, 2015

Politicians, providers and activists gathered Wednesday morning on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to voice their hopes for how the justices will vote after hearing oral arguments in a case that could unravel the Affordable Care Act.

Antipsychotic overuse not just a problem in nursing homes

By Sabriya Rice  |  March 04, 2015

Internists, family medicine physicians, and psychiatrists and neurologists made more than 80% of the prescriptions for antipsychotics for older adults with dementia in 2012, according to a report calling on expanded federal efforts to curb use of the drugs.

Webinar: Cybersecurity and the New Age of Hackers

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 04, 2015

Two huge data breaches have occurred in the past six months, exposing health information on millions of people. Register for our free Thursday webinar to hear Dr. John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and RAND Corp. researcher Lillian Ablon discuss the risk of cybercrime.

100 medical societies warn about possible ICD-10 problems

By Joseph Conn  |  March 04, 2015

The American Medical Association and 99 other state medical, medical specialty and professional associations are asking CMS acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt to have the agency do a better job developing transition plans for the Oct. 1 conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural codes.

Hospital stocks rise on Supreme Court hopes, could sink on ruling

By Melanie Evans and Beth Kutscher  |  March 04, 2015

Hospital stocks rallied in an otherwise down market Wednesday, buoyed by a hope the Supreme Court might decide the King v. Burwell case in the administration's favor. That would leave insurance subsidies in place for millions who bought coverage through a federally run exchange.

Pandemic threat, flu season spur Halyard 4th-quarter sales

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 04, 2015

Halyard Health, spun off late last year from Kimberly-Clark Corp., on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter 2014 net sales rose 2%, thanks largely to strong sales of its surgical and infection-prevention equipment.

Data breaches can lead to major medical identity theft issues

By Darius Tahir and Bob Herman  |  March 04, 2015

Healthcare data breaches could potentially lead to medical identity theft, which poses serious problems for consumers. But patients don't yet seem concerned enough to demand better data security.

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