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A hospital by any other name … still needs a marketing plan
By Bob Herman | July 24, 2014
A large Ohio-based healthcare organization joins a host of hospitals and health systems that have been hoping to encapsulate the right combination of branding, familiarity and patient care in a new name.
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1 dead, 2 hurt in Pennsylvania hospital shooting
By Associated Press | July 24, 2014
A shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has killed one worker and injured two other people.
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House plan to sue Obama over employer-mandate delay moves forward
By Paul Demko | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A resolution authorizing the U.S. House of Representatives to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority by delaying the employer mandate in the federal healthcare law cleared the House Rules Committee Thursday.
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Conemaugh patient volume falls short of projections as cost-cutting boosts margins
By Beth Kutscher | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Conemaugh Health System, a three-hospital group that is being taken over by Duke LifePoint, reported a 1.5% operating margin for fiscal 2014, ahead of expectations, on the strength of its hospital division.
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Macquarie analysis finds increased interest in DNA sequencing
By Darius Tahir | July 24, 2014
Healthcare organizations plan to ramp up their spending on DNA sequencing, though generally not on the sequencers themselves, according to a survey by Macquarie Research, the research arm of the investment bank Macquarie Group.
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Reform Update: Medical-loss ratio prompted insurers to refund $332 million last year
By Bob Herman | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal rule requiring health insurers to spend a minimum percentage of premium dollars on medical care led to more than $332 million in rebates last year, according to HHS.
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Going public has its price for IMS, prompting Q2 loss of $220 million
By Rachel Landen | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Several one-time charges for IMS Health Holdings left the company with a $220 million second-quarter net loss despite a boost to revenue driven by double-digit growth in technology services.
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Boston Scientific earnings socked by litigation, acquisition charges
By John N. Frank and Jaimy Lee | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Boston Scientific Corp. reported second-quarter net income of only $4 million because of several charges related to acquisitions and divestitures, along with litigation and restructuring charges, but pointed to a 4% jump in revenue as a positive development for the medical-device maker. Without the...
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Gilead reports massive Q2 earnings jump thanks to Sovaldi
By Virgil Dickson | July 24, 2014
Gilead Science's second-quarter earnings blew through year-ago levels, thanks in part to its blockbuster, and controversial, hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.
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FDA approves new painkiller from OxyContin maker
By Associated Press | July 24, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination pain pill from the maker of OxyContin that is designed to discourage abuse by painkiller addicts.
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