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Texas Health Resources sees better Q2 amid investment losses
By Rachel Landen | August 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A boost to revenue and non-operating gains helped Texas Health Resources' second quarter of 2014 outpace its first. But even with the improved performance, the not-for-profit system fell short of where it was this time last year.
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RAND report takes you on a trip to dark side (of cybercrime)
By Joseph Conn | August 20, 2014
It's not Elmore Leonard, but for the average health information technology reader, a new RAND report, Markets for Cybercrime Tools and Stolen Data: Hackers' Bazaar, is still a gripper.
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Reform Update: Hospitals see more paying patients, but there's a hitch
By Beth Kutscher | August 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurance expansion under healthcare reform is starting to yield patient volume for hospitals, but the costs of staffing up for more patients are eclipsing the additional revenue.
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How to find new evidence to back digital health initiatives
By Darius Tahir | August 20, 2014
The development of clinical evidence proving the effectiveness of various digital health systems and devices lags well behind the hype and adoption that surrounds the digital space, many health technology experts agree.
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Medicaid insurers prodding Mass. on funds
By Boston Globe | August 20, 2014
Buckling from more than $140 million in losses since the start of the year, companies that insure Medicaid patients are pressing Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's administration to increase payments they receive from the state for serving low-income residents.
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Planned Parenthood loses Iowa telemedicine abortion suit
By Bloomberg | August 20, 2014
An Iowa law barring doctors from remotely dispensing pregnancy-ending drugs withstood Planned Parenthood’s claim that it would impose a hardship on women living far from abortion providers.
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Md. officials: Rebuilt health insurance exchange will be fixed by November
By Washington Post | August 20, 2014
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration is confident that its rapid rebuilding of the state's health insurance website is progressing as planned and will be ready before the next enrollment period begins in November.
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Two U.S. hospitals report patients undergoing Ebola tests
By Businessweek | August 20, 2014
Blood samples from two patients at separate U.S. hospitals are being tested for Ebola as countries in West Africa struggle to contain the worst-ever outbreak of the disease. Health officials from both states said neither person is likely to have the disease.
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Universal Hospital Services CEO to step down amid large losses
By Bob Herman | August 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Gary Blackford, chairman and CEO of Universal Hospital Services, a supplier of medical devices and other healthcare technology, said Tuesday he will step down from his roles by year-end.
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Vital Signs
You can show patients test results, but will they understand them?
By Rachel Landen | August 20, 2014
With the increasing adoption of electronic health records, more patients are able to view their lab results electronically outside of clinical consultations, but a study suggests that access doesn't mean patients understand what they're seeing.
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