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Cognizant inks $2.7 billion deal to buy health IT firm TriZetto
By Joseph Conn | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Cognizant, a global, publicly traded technology consulting and business process outsourcing firm, plans to acquire TriZetto Corp., a privately held health information technology company that serves the health insurance industry and healthcare providers, for $2.7 billion, the companies announced...
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Reform Update: Doctors order unnecessary tests without even realizing it
By Sabriya Rice | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Physicians order unnecessary tests and procedures to inoculate themselves from legal liability more than they realize, according to a new survey of physicians at several hospitals in one Massachusetts health system.
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Legislators raise concerns about revamping liver allocations
By Paul Demko | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A bipartisan group of more than 50 U.S. House members is raising concerns about a plan to overhaul how livers are allocated across the country for transplants.
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Hackbarth leaving MedPAC board after 15 years
By Paul Demko | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Glenn Hackbarth will step down as chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission next year. Hackbarth was appointed to the commission in 2000 and has served as chairman since 2001.
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Maker of hepatitis C drug strikes deal on generics for poor countries
By New York Times | September 15, 2014
Gilead Sciences, the maker of one of the costliest drugs in the world, announced on Monday that it had struck agreements with seven Indian generic-drug makers to sell lower-cost versions of the medicine—a $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment—in poorer countries.
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Obama expected to detail increased U.S. Ebola efforts Tuesday
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
President Barack Obama on Tuesday plans to outline a heightened U.S. effort to fight the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. He will unveil his plans, which are likely to include involving the U.S. military in the fight, during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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MedPAC disputes that half of new Medicare enrollees pick Advantage
By Paul Demko | September 15, 2014
Half of new Medicare beneficiaries are opting for private plans over the traditional fee-for-service program. That's a statistic that's been reported by Modern Healthcare and other publications in recent years. Healthcare consultant John Gorman, one of the foremost experts on Medicare Advantage,...
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