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FTC ends four-year fight with Phoebe Putney Health System

FTC ends four-year fight with Phoebe Putney Health System

By Melanie Evans  |  April 01, 2015

Phoebe Putney Health System will keep the hospital it acquired in Albany, Ga., under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. But that agreement now could expose Phoebe Putney to civil lawsuits.

Hospitals should 'friend' Facebook; quality ratings could benefit

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 01, 2015

Hospitals may want to devote more attention to the power of social media, according to a recent study looking at the correlation between hospitals' Facebook ratings and how well they performed on 30-day readmission rates.

Data Points: Uncompensated care

Data Points: Uncompensated care

April 01, 2015

How much did hospital uncompensated-care costs drop in 2014, the first year of the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansions?

Webinar: From Physician Burnout to Engagement

By Associated Press  |  April 01, 2015

A rising number of physicians are reporting signs of burnout, including exhaustion and loss of empathy. Our free April 15 webinar will feature experts in the field of physician burnout, including Dr. Colin West of the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Michael Krasner of the University of Rochester. Sign up today!

N.Y. docs offered free sneakers in Medicaid scam, prosecutors say

By Associated Press  |  April 01, 2015

Authorities investigating allegations of a Medicaid scam involving doctors and others in New York City recall coming across something curious in a lower floor of a clinic: stacks of shoe boxes containing cheap, off-brand sneakers, boots and sandals in a variety of sizes.

Opposition continues against proposed FDA generic label rule

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 01, 2015

Major pharmaceutical companies continue to actively oppose a yet-to-be-finalized proposed rule that would require generic-drug companies to update labels on products if they receive new safety information.

FDA approves expanded use of heart-valve replacement device

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 01, 2015

Federal regulators have expanded the approved use of Medtronic's CoreValve transcatheter aortic valve replacement system for patients with failing artificial heart valves and who are at high risk of complications from undergoing traditional surgery.

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