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Partners expansion blocked in court

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 29, 2015

A Massachusetts judge rejected an agreement that would have allowed Partners Healthcare to acquire three hospitals, saying the expansion would allow the Boston-based system, already the largest in the state, "to exact higher prices from insurers for the services its providers render.”

University of California student health docs stage one-day strike

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 29, 2015

Physicians who practice at student health clinics on the 10 campuses of the University of California system raised concerns about staffing, student health fees and unfair labor practices during their first contract negotiations with the system.

Tamiflu controversy reignited by new study

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 29, 2015

The antiviral medication Tamiflu shortened the length of time patients experienced flu symptoms, and reduced rates of complications and hospitalizations from the virus, a new study finds. But it did not have an effect on those with flu-like symptoms who did not have the flu.

CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

By Darius Tahir  |  January 29, 2015

The CMS announced Thursday that it is considering proposals to shorten the meaningful-use reporting period to 90 days in 2015, something providers and others have been requesting.

How some exchange plans may be deterring HIV patients

By Bob Herman  |  January 29, 2015

Insurers offering Obamacare plans are making it more difficult for HIV patients to afford drugs even though the law forbids any kind of discrimination of those with pre-existing conditions, according to a study.

Possible Ebola patient admitted to UC Davis Medical Center

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 29, 2015

A patient who presented with symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus was transferred from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., to UC Davis Medical Center Thursday morning, according to a statement from UC Davis.

Uninsured don’t know about subsidies, Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 29, 2015

Additional outreach about insurance marketplace premium subsidies and expanded eligibility standards for Medicaid is needed to reach the uninsured, a Kaiser Family Foundation study suggests.

In Supreme Court subsidies showdown, whose side is Ben Nelson on?

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 29, 2015

Obamacare opponents say a former Democratic senator's comments prove Congress didn't intend to grant insurance premium subsidies to states without their own exchanges. A new brief filed in the Supreme Court uses that same senator's words to show the opposite conclusion.

Major acquisition, new products boost Thermo Fisher earnings

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 29, 2015

Thermo Fisher Scientific's earnings, following a major acquisition, soared 75.7% to $601.2 million in the three months ended Dec. 31. The company saw a nearly 50% jump in earnings for 2014, ending the year with $1.9 billion in net income.

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