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Putting placebos to the test in plain sight

Putting placebos to the test in plain sight

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 04, 2015

The power of placebos is well-known. But placebos are now being tested as an actual treatment for a very real disorder—the crushing fatigue that often follows cancer treatment, even years later. And the participants will know they're taking placebos.

Nominees sought for annual Up & Comers awards

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 04, 2015

As healthcare executives continue to face new challenges and encounter new opportunities, the next generation of leadership must evolve along with the changing industry, requiring new ideas and approaches in all sectors. Today's young executives are already proving they are up to the task.

 Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

By Melanie Evans  |  July 04, 2015

MRIs, CT scans and X-rays for low back pain patients dropped by half last year at the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh after doctors started seeing reminders in the electronic health record that such tests can be unnecessary, a move inspired in part by the Choosing Wisely campaign.

Mass. lawmakers discuss behavioral healthcare crisis

Mass. lawmakers discuss behavioral healthcare crisis

By Andis Robeznieks  |  July 04, 2015

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are debating bills that seek to reduce boarding of behavioral health patients in hospital emergency departments and to keep them from being housed in correctional facilities.

Senior housing boom propels healthcare REITs

Senior housing boom propels healthcare REITs

By Michael Sandler  |  July 04, 2015

A growing pipeline of senior housing construction projects has buoyed growth for the healthcare real estate investment trusts on Modern Healthcare's annual list of the largest healthcare REITs, experts say.

Data show Genentech paid the most to providers

By Art Golab and Michael Sandler  |  July 04, 2015

Genentech, the maker of Avastin and other pricey cancer drugs, paid physicians and teaching hospitals more than any other drug or device company did in 2014, according to data published last week on the CMS' Open Payments website.

Calif. Senate considers cap on out-of-pocket drug costs

Calif. Senate considers cap on out-of-pocket drug costs

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 04, 2015

A bill to cap patients' out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs that passed the California State Assembly will be considered by the state Senate this month, as policymakers across the country wrestle with the growing problem of unaffordable drugs.

Dialysis pay-for-performance looms

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 04, 2015

In an effort to improve outcomes at the nation's 6,000 dialysis facilities, Medicare plans to cut reimbursement rates up to 2% if the facilities perform poorly on an expanded set of quality metrics.

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