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Hospitals oppose cuts to outpatient surgery rates
By Joe Carlson | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pressure is mounting in Washington to cut Medicare's rates for hospital outpatient surgeries, even though government prices already fail to cover hospitals' costs.
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ACA enrollment tops 8 million, Obama says
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Enrollment in health plans sold on Obamacare's insurance exchanges has reached 8 million, and 35% of those who signed up through HealthCare.gov are under the age of 35, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
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Reform Update: Exchanges look more appealing to insurers second time around
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurers appear to be increasingly bullish on the fledgling state and federal exchanges, in spite of disastrous rollouts in many of the online marketplaces last fall. Mounting evidence suggests more health plans are poised to compete for exchange business during the 2015 open-enrollment...
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Diabetes complications have plunged since 1990: CDC
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Substantial declines have occurred during the past 20 years in the rates of five major diabetes-related complications, with the biggest drops seen in cardiovascular events, the CDC says in a new report.
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UnitedHealth to expand exchange presence as profits dip
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest insurer, plans to expand its presence in the state and federal exchange marketplaces in 2015.
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Most laboratory errors happen outside the lab, ECRI report finds
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Laboratory errors don't necessarily originate in the lab itself, contrary to what many hospitals might think, according to a new ECRI Institute patient-safety report studying the impact of lab-testing errors in the clinical setting.
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Salmonella cases down, but other foodborne bacteria still a problem
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 17, 2014
Little progress has been made toward reducing food poisoning in the U.S., according to new federal data.
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U.S. judge overturns North Dakota's 6-week abortion ban
By Associated Press | April 17, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.
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Cancer doctors plan to compare value of expensive drugs
By Bloomberg | April 17, 2014
The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.
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FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure
By Associated Press | April 17, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating fibroids could inadvertently spread cancer from the uterus to other parts of the body.
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