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BREAKING: $237 million Tuomey judgment upheld by federal appeals court

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 02, 2015

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a $237 million False Claims Act verdict against Tuomey Healthcare System in Sumter, S.C. The sum is believed to be the largest ever levied against a community hospital and exceeds the hospital's annual revenue.

More healthy, young people enrolling in exchange plans

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 02, 2015

Drug spending among new health exchange plan enrollees dropped during the first quarter of 2015 compared with same period in 2014, according to a new report that seems to reject concerns that healthcare reform would drive up costs because of mandatory coverage of older, sicker Americans.

CMS will modify—not scrap—'two-midnight' rule

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 02, 2015

The CMS plans to soften but keep the controversial "two-midnight" rule governing short hospital stays in spite of aggressive calls from providers and policy experts to abandon the policy.

Blog: What drug and device companies paid teaching hospitals in 2014

By Art Golab  |  July 02, 2015

According to the data posted to the CMS' Open Payments website, drug and medical device companies paid teaching hospitals $543 million in general payments, which include speaking and consulting fees, gifts, travel and royalties for drugs based on research conducted by the providers. See which...

Centene Corp. scoops up Health Net in $6.8 billion deal

By Melanie Evans  |  July 02, 2015

Centene Corp. announced Thursday it would buy Health Net in a $6.8 billion deal. It's the latest consolidation in a frenzy that has giant Anthem proposing $54 billion for Cigna Corp. and national insurers Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealth group reportedly considering deals among their ranks.

Healthcare employers added fewer jobs in June

Healthcare employers added fewer jobs in June

By Michael Sandler  |  July 02, 2015

Ambulatory services jobs grew by 22,600 in June, but that sector didn't add as many jobs as it did the past two months, according to seasonally adjusted numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry as a whole added about 16% fewer jobs last month than in April and May, but...

FDA clears drug for most common type of cystic fibrosis

By Associated Press  |  July 02, 2015

Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death.

Holiday note

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 02, 2015

Modern Healthcare A.M. will not be published Friday, July 3, because of the Independence Day holiday. Modern Healthcare A.M. will resume publication on Monday, July 6.

Deadline nearing for IMPACT Award entries

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 02, 2015

Modern Healthcare and Advertising Age are accepting entries for the second annual Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards, and the July 7 deadline is just days away. The program recognizes the best advertising, marketing, promotion and communication campaigns across all media platforms. Enter today!

Commentary: Let's stop 'discharging' our patients

Commentary: Let's stop 'discharging' our patients

By Elliot Joseph  |  July 01, 2015

Hartford HealthCare CEO Elliot Joseph says the term "discharge" means many things as a noun and verb—none of them pleasant. It is also all too accurate when referring to the release of patients back into the disjointed U.S. healthcare system.

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