Nationwide nursing shortage hits Illinois

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 27, 2015

Illinois is expected to face a shortage of registered nurses in the coming year, in large part because there are not enough younger nurses prepared to replace retiring baby boomers.

FBI said to probe devices known to spread cancer in women

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 27, 2015

Federal investigators are reportedly conducting a probe of medical devices linked to spreading cancer in women and investigating what Johnson & Johnson, at one time the largest manufacturer of laparoscopic power morcellators, knew about the dangers associated with them before pulling them from the...

Telemed docs no more or less likely to prescribe antibiotics

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 27, 2015

Antibiotic prescriptions were as frequent among doctors providing care through a telemedicine appointment as physicians who saw patients face-to-face, a new study found. But the types of antibiotics prescribed via telemedicine could increase antimicrobial resistance.

Texas Health Resources finances continue to recover from Ebola impact

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 27, 2015

Texas Health Resources continued to demonstrate that it has fully recovered from last year's brush with the Ebola virus, which had only a fleeting impact on its financial performance. The system achieved a higher operating margin in the first quarter of this year as it saw more patients.

New Medicaid medical-loss ratio won't strip insurer profits

By Bob Herman  |  May 27, 2015

The federal government is loosely capping the profits of Medicaid managed-care insurers. But many large companies already live within the proposed ratio, raising questions about the regulation's influence.

New Medicaid rules put states in tough position

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 27, 2015

A slew of new quality standards outlined in the 653-page proposed CMS rules are meant to modernize Medicaid managed-care regulation and improve quality of care. But cash-strapped state agencies might not be able to manage the load, experts say.

Top 5 healthcare CEO earners: Providers

Top 5 healthcare CEO earners: Providers

May 27, 2015

The total compensation for some of the highest-paid CEOs in the healthcare industry increased faster than their companies' profits last year. Here are the top five among publicly traded providers.

Finley chosen to lead Alameda Health System

Finley chosen to lead Alameda Health System

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 27, 2015

Delvecchio Finley, CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, will serve as the next CEO of Alameda Health System, a public safety-net system that serves California's Alameda County.

Aurora Health Care sees boom in operating surplus

By Michael Sandler  |  May 27, 2015

As not-for-profit systems enjoy more stability nationwide, Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care enjoyed a soaring operating surplus as admissions and outpatient activity increased and patients gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Study reveals flaws in gene testing; results often conflict

By Associated Press  |  May 27, 2015

The first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax.

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