Shumlin team to push less ambitious health changes

By Associated Press  |  December 21, 2014

After Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin dropped his long-sought goal of a universal, publicly funded healthcare system this past week, key members of his healthcare team immediately got back to work picking up less ambitious pieces of the plan.

Hospital hopes medical tourists will come to Idaho

By Associated Press  |  December 21, 2014

A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists — medical tourists, that is. Most of the patients who come into Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, are from the local area — plus a few from Washington and Montana.\

Hospitals focus on antibiotic overuse as CMS prepares new mandate

Hospitals focus on antibiotic overuse as CMS prepares new mandate

By Maureen McKinney  |  December 20, 2014

Antibiotic resistance is a threat to national security. That's how President Barack Obama described the rapid growth of such resistance when he issued an executive order in September instructing HHS and the Defense and Agriculture departments to take aggressive action on the issue.

CHI faces financial strains in building national network

By Melanie Evans  |  December 20, 2014

In the ongoing rush of healthcare deals, perhaps no other health system has been as aggressive as Catholic Health Initiatives, which has executed a dozen transactions in the past three years that have expanded its operations into health insurance and established a $1 billion foothold in Texas.

Child in Chicago tests negative for Ebola

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 20, 2014

A child who was isolated as a potential Ebola case was released Saturday from the University of Chicago Medical Center after tests for the virus came back negative.

Experts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control

By Associated Press  |  December 20, 2014

Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.

Stolen laptop held Northwestern patient data

By Associated Press  |  December 20, 2014

A Chicago-based healthcare system is notifying nearly 3,000 patients that their personal information may have been on a laptop computer that was stolen in October.

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