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Senate punts on 'doc fix'; passage expected after spring break

Senate punts on 'doc fix'; passage expected after spring break

By Paul Demko  |  March 27, 2015

There will be no doc fix until at least mid-April. The Senate adjourned for spring break on Friday morning without taking up legislation to permanently repeal Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors.

Endoscope maker Olympus revises cleaning instructions

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 26, 2015

The medical endoscope manufacturer linked to outbreaks of drug-resistant bacteria at several hospitals released new recommended procedures Thursday for reprocessing its devices.

Sandra Bruce to retire from Presence Health

Sandra Bruce to retire from Presence Health

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 26, 2015

Sandra Bruce, president and CEO of Presence Health, will retire at year-end after leading the Chicago-based health system since it was formed through a 2011 merger.

Labs that waive patient fees risk kickback violations, OIG says

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 26, 2015

Laboratories that waive some patients' fees as part of agreements with physician practices risk running afoul of the federal anti-kickback statute, HHS' Office of Inspector General said in an advisory opinion released Wednesday.

Here comes the next ACA court challenge...or not

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 26, 2015

Supreme Court justices are scheduled Friday to consider hearing another case challenging the Affordable Care Act, even as they prepare to issue an opinion in King v. Burwell.

Lopsided House vote puts pressure on Senate to act on SGR repeal

Lopsided House vote puts pressure on Senate to act on SGR repeal

By Paul Demko  |  March 26, 2015

The overwhelming and bipartisan vote in the House to permanently repeal Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula puts pressure on the Senate to act before adjourning Friday. But it's not certain that they will given the narrow window.

Intermountain's health plan posts robust 2014 growth

By Bob Herman  |  March 26, 2015

SelectHealth, the health insurance division of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, closed 2014 with a sizable top-line gain after it added thousands of members to its growing lineup of benefit options.

Tightening labor markets pressure healthcare to up wages

Tightening labor markets pressure healthcare to up wages

By Bob Herman  |  March 26, 2015

Economic data suggest certain parts of the labor market, including healthcare, are tightening. That means healthcare organizations may need to raise wages to attract and retain the most qualified workers.

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