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State Farm, Health Care Service Corp. team up to sell Obamacare plans
By Andrew L. Wang, Crain's Chicago Business | September 23, 2014
As the country ramps up for year two of Obamacare, Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp.—which operates Blues affiliates in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Montana—is teaming up with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. to sell health insurance plans through State...
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HCA adds physician software company PatientKeeper
By Beth Kutscher | September 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HCA, the largest hospital chain by revenue, has signed a deal to buy technology firm PatientKeeper, which produces software for physicians. Financial terms were not disclosed for the deal, which is expected to close later this year.
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New doubts raised about e-cigs and smoking cessation
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 23, 2014
A new study published in the Sept. 22 issue of the journal Cancer found electronic cigarette use among cancer patients who also smoke tobacco increased dramatically between 2012 and 2013, from 10% to 38%, raising doubts over claims about the use of the products as a tobacco-cessation alternative...
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New research again points to impact of climate change on public health
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 23, 2014
On the heels of large protests held in several cities Sunday that called for action against climate change, new research adds to the chorus of voices that argue the issue should raise concerns over its associated public health risks.
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CMS urged to fix meaningful-use program flaw, prevent penalties
By Joseph Conn | September 23, 2014
Two members of Congress and the Medical Group Management Association are calling on the CMS to address a programming problem that threatens to saddle some physicians and other eligible professionals with Medicare payment penalties in 2015.
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Will Dr. Emanuel opt for death at 75? Maybe not
By Harris Meyer | September 23, 2014
In an essay in the Atlantic Monthly, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel tells of his own preference to only live to 75 and check out while he's still productive. But he does reserve his right to change his mind.
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Medicare gives first glimpse of ACO quality performance
By Melanie Evans | September 23, 2014
The CMS for the first time has publicly released individual performance data for Medicare accountable care organizations on 33 measures of healthcare quality.
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Conifer to acquire SPI Healthcare for $235 million
By Joseph Conn | September 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Conifer Health Solutions, Frisco, Texas, the Tenet Healthcare Corp. division focused on financial services technology, has agreed to acquire SPi Healthcare, a Tinley Park, Ill.-based provider of revenue-cycle management, health information management and other software and services for physician...
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U.S. cracks down on companies moving overseas
By Associated Press | September 23, 2014
The Obama administration cracked down Monday on certain overseas corporate mergers and acquisitions, aiming to curb American companies from shifting their ownership abroad to shirk paying U.S. taxes.
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Court tosses Obamacare mandate lawsuit brought by doctors
By Politico | September 23, 2014
A federal appeals court has summarily tossed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate—a case that is similar to the one that House Republicans plan to file against the president. This suit was filed by the Association of American...
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