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In Arkansas, a Dem senator campaigns on Obamacare
By Harris Meyer | August 21, 2014
One of the biggest mysteries in the endless political battle over Obamacare is why President Barck Obama and his fellow Democrats haven't more aggressively and effectively touted the law's protections for consumers against being denied coverage and treatment by insurers.
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Hospitals hope for relief from two-midnights purgatory
By Bob Herman | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The heavily criticized Medicare two-midnights rule involving short inpatient stays has technically been in effect for the past year. But providers, regulators and healthcare observers are not sure the rule will hold up in its current makeshift form.
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Do the CDC’s Ebola precautions for U.S. hospitals go far enough?
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CDC has issued guidelines for hospitals on identifying and treating Ebola patients, but those recommendations, which do not include the head-to-toe “moon suits” used in field hospitals in West Africa and at Emory, have drawn widespread criticism for not going far enough in...
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New York's Mount Sinai, upstate physician group create alliance
By Bob Herman | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Mount Sinai Health System in New York City is taking its population health network beyond the city's fabled five boroughs to create a partnership with Crystal Run Healthcare.
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Genesis, Skilled deal emblematic of post-acute care growth
By Bob Herman | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The recently announced merger between Genesis HealthCare and Skilled Healthcare Group will create one of the largest post-acute-care companies in the country with $5.5 billion in pro forma revenue—and the transaction also may have an impact on another pending deal within the sector.
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Two U.S. Ebola patients released from Atlanta hospital
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The first two U.S. patients infected with the Ebola virus were released this week from the Atlanta hospital where they have been receiving treatment for the past three weeks.
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Reform Update: People keeping noncompliant plans; rate impact varies by state
By Darius Tahir | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When the Obama administration in November 2013 decided to allow states to decide if individuals could keep noncompliant insurance plans, speculation began about what effect that decision would have on premiums and enrollment for plans that did comply with provisions of the reform law. As with so...
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Joint Commission issues Sentinel alert on medical tubes
By Andis Robeznieks | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The long-standing patient-safety risks posed by improperly connected medical tubes must be addressed by providers, the Joint Commission said Wednesday in a Sentinel Event alert.
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Duke LifePoint finalizes agreement to acquire Conemaugh
By Beth Kutscher | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Duke LifePoint has finalized the terms of a deal that will allow it to expand into Pennsylvania, its first market in the mid-Atlantic region.
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New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect
By Associated Press | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.
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