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Medical-liability carriers see 2013 premium income drop as providers consolidate
By Andis Robeznieks and Michael Sandler | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The nation's largest medical-liability carriers are selling less insurance, and collecting less premium income, thanks to consolidation among healthcare providers, more self-insurance, a highly competitive market and a decline in claims frequency, experts said.
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Cerner gets FTC's OK to buy Siemens Health
By Bob Herman | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health information technology giant Cerner Corp. received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission late Thursday to move ahead with its $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens Health Services.
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Late update in EHR incentive program system could mean penalties for some
By Joseph Conn | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Through no fault of their own, a subset of physicians and other health professionals participating in the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program may get hit with Medicare penalties next year.
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China fines GlaxoSmithKline $492M for bribery
By Associated Press | September 19, 2014
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China, the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.
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House, Senate OK bill requiring more hospice inspections
By Paul Demko | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Legislation that requires hospice facilities to be inspected at least every three years quietly cleared the House and Senate this week. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill.
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White House CIO switching posts to join Ebola battle
By Sabriya Rice | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
White House Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel is joining the U.S. Agency for International Development to work as chief innovation officer for the agency's Ebola response team.
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NYU's Langone pulls out of deal at site of failed Brooklyn hospital
By Jaimy Lee | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
NYU Langone Medical Center, a large Manhattan-based academic medical center, has withdrawn its offer to operate the emergency department at the former site of Long Island College Hospital, the latest chapter in an ongoing operational saga for the Brooklyn facility.
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Why one congressman wants to scrap Medicare's hospital appeals deal
By Bob Herman | September 19, 2014
The CMS has been pretty quiet about its Medicare appeals settlement for hospitals, and now a congressman wants the agency to retract the offer altogether.
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Cerner, Athenahealth to integrate with Apple's mobile health service
By Reuters | September 19, 2014
Cerner Corp. and Athenahealth, two leading electronic health-record providers, said on Thursday they are working with Apple to develop applications that leverage Apple's mobile-health service HealthKit. Previously, Apple announced a partnership with rival electronic health-record company Epic...
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More tech support, trust needed to boost wellness plan participation, survey shows
By Joseph Conn | September 19, 2014
Many employer-sponsored wellness programs need some healing hands themselves, particularly when it comes to embracing home and mobile health technology. That's especially true when employees remain queasy about participating in the programs because of concerns their personal information might be...
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